The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that humanizes the Other by amplifying the voices and experiences of the systemically marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass, we actively work toward dismantling systems of oppression and creating a cultural shift through a community-centered podcast, magazine, publishing house, and 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 Othered 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.

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Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led storytelling organization, but promise to read/listen every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six 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 month.

Contributors retain all rights.

We are currently unable to pay writers for their contributions. 

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

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

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT SERIES

A new prompt will be posted periodically throughout the year, to which writers may respond in 100 or fewer words. Each tournament will be a bracket-style tournament. The Nasiona editors and readers will vote on which submitted pieces advance to the next round of the bracket, and so on, until a winner and runner-up are crowned. The winner takes home 35% of the $$ pot and the runner-up takes home 15% of the $$ pot.

Each tournament winner and runner-up qualify for seasonal finals, and seasonal winners and runners-up will qualify for the annual tournament, where we will crown The Nasiona Annual Writing Prompts Champion!

For us, art is the process of selection, and we want to read exceptionally told, processed, and crafted stories with an economical use of language. Move us, make us feel, make it carnal so it inundates our senses, impact us in a way that the imagery, concepts, experience, moments, etc., linger with us long after we've read it.


THE NASIONA WRITING PROMPTS, TOURNAMENT #3

The Nasiona is seeking submissions for a micro-nonfiction / poetry writing prompt tournament. This tournament's writing prompt is: THE FIRST TIME WAS ALSO THE LAST.

Submissions must be non-fiction stories about your life. Think micro-memoir. 

The winner and the runner-up will be notified by no later than Dec. 31, 2020.

Only submit one piece of 100 or fewer words per tournament. If you submit more than one piece or if the submission is longer than 100 words, you will get disqualified and will not receive a refund.

This is a writing prompt, so what you submit must not have been published elsewhere (not even on Facebook or other social media platforms).

Ensure your piece is in .doc or .docx format and your name is nowhere on the document or the file name.

Include a bio of 100 of fewer words.

We will consider every submission for publication consideration, even if you don't win the tournament.

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

We only accept contest entries through Submittable.

We are very excited to see your beautiful interpretations of the prompts, and to further cultivate this thriving, gorgeous community!

Go HERE to see the results of our previous writing prompt tournament.


PRICE MONEY

There is a fee to enter the tournament, but the winner takes home 35% of the pot and runner-up takes home 15% of the pot, which is funded by entry fees. So, for example, if we raise USD $1,000, the winner takes home USD $350 and the runner-up takes home USD $150. The remainder of the pot will help The Nasiona (magazine and podcast) expand, as well as pay our editors and readers. Winner and runner-up must be able to receive winnings via Venmo, Google Pay, or PayPal from the United States, but you can enter from anywhere in the world.


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The Nasiona is a volunteer-led nonfiction storytelling organization that humanizes the Other by amplifying the voices and experiences of the marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten. Guided by a social justice compass, we actively work toward dismantling systems of oppression and creating a cultural shift through a community-centered podcast, magazine, publishing house, and internship program.  

You may have noticed that The Nasiona Podcast has a new musical feel. We're extremely excited to announce that this original music was produced by the Grammy Award-winning team of Joe Sparkman and Marcus Allen, aka, The Heavyweights.

With this new partnership, we've decided it was time to use our platforms to create a new Music series for The Nasiona, both our online magazine and our podcast.

Music has always told stories that are as powerful, as moving as personal essays, and we at The Nasiona want to honor that tradition. For this new music series, we seek submissions of songs that align with our vision of centering, elevating, and amplifying Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and shedding light on neglected experiences.

Whether you record your music professionally, or whether you have gone the DIY way throughout; whether you are an emerging indie artist, or have never released a song; or whether you have simply felt overlooked by the mainstream musical landscape: we believe in your voice, and we want your work. 

Tell us about growing up as a third culture kid, about living through trauma, about being misgendered, about slice-of-life instances of resolution. Tell us about your elations, your sorrows, your moments of quiet tenacity, your rallying cries of rage. Send us a song (or two, or three!) that tells a story, whether in words or through instrumentals. If it matters to you, it deserves a platform.

All genres and languages are welcome. If you identify as BIPOC, we want to showcase your work and profile you.

We can’t wait to listen to your work and consider it for publication in either our online magazine or podcast, or both!

Note that we are here to center, elevate, and amplify your work. You keep all the rights to your work.

Rules for Submissions 

• By submitting you agree to be considered for publication in either the online magazine and/or the podcast.

• Submit up to three separate audio files. 

• Work must be original.

• All submissions must include a description of up to 100 words on how you and your work fits our call and The Nasiona's mission.

• A third-person bio of up to 50 words.

• An artist statement between 150 and 200 words.

•  (Optional) Photo of musical artist(s)  and/or album cover image as .jpeg or .png format. If we accept your work for publication, we’ll include the image in your bio. 

• (Optional) Links to social media.

• (Optional) Links to projects, be it Spotify, Soundcloud, personal website, etc.

• All work must be submitted for publication consideration through our Submittable form. Please don’t submit work via email or our contact form.

• By submitting to The Nasiona, you agree to be added to our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

• Follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @TheNasiona

• Contact nasiona.mail (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any questions.


Response Times

We are a small, volunteer-led storytelling organization, but promise to listen to every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take u to a few 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 month. Contributors retain all rights. We are currently unable to pay submitters for their contributions. 

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