The Nasiona

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

 Submissions deadline: Friday, 15 November 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (PST, California, US, time) 

The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that amplifies the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass and divorced from a profit motive, we cultivate the seeds of nonfiction through a community-centered podcast, magazine, and publishing house, as well as by offering editing services and an internship program. We currently focus on the following story topics: being Latina/o/x, being mixed-race, LGBTQIAA+, diaspora and immigration, and womanhood and trauma, as well as stories that glimpse into foreign, at times extraordinary, worlds. 

In an age when telling the difference between reality and delusion is frighteningly labyrinthine, we focus on creative works based on facts, truth-seeking, human concerns, real events, and real people, with a personal touch.

From liminal lives to the marginalized, and everything in between, we promote narrative-led nonfiction stories that explore the spectrum of human experience. We believe that the subjective can offer its own reality and reveal truths some facts can’t discover. 

We’re a diversity-friendly organization that values multicultural and multi-experience perspectives on what it means to be human. We look to erase borders, tackle taboos, resist conventions, explore the known and unknown, and rename ourselves to claim ourselves.

We publish continuously, on a rolling basis, and accept submissions from emerging and established authors and content creators.

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We’re currently accepting submissions in the following nonfiction categories:

  • Womanhood & Trauma, "Give Us a Smile" — Creative Nonfiction Series
  • "Diaspora & Immigration Stories" — Creative Nonfiction Series 
  • Being LGBTQIAA+ — Creative Nonfiction Series
  • Being Mixed-Race — Creative Nonfiction (Print) and Podcast (Audio) Series
  • Being Latina/o/x — Creative Nonfiction Series

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Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization, but promise to read every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six months to eight months to respond. Please do not inquire about your submission.

Contributor Rights and Payment

It is free to submit. Note, however, that we will only charge a submission fee when we've surpassed our Submittable allotted 100 free submissions per issue.

Contributors retain all rights.

We are currently unable to pay writers for their contributions. However, we do offer a literary citizenship at The Nasiona. We deem all contributors part of our exclusive community. The Nasiona citizenship includes the following perks:

  • Editing services discount of 15%.
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate, mentor, and learn from each other.
  • Promotion of your work, even if published elsewhere, on our website and social media platforms. Keep in touch with us, let us know what you've been up to, and, if your going-ons fit our mission, we will update the greater Nasiona community.

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The Nasiona retains standard first publication rights. All rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication.

Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it.

The Nasiona