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.
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.
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 #4
The Nasiona is seeking submissions for a micro-nonfiction / poetry writing prompt tournament. This tournament's writing prompt is: IF I WERE TRULY FREE...
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 Feb. 21, 2021.
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 tournaments.
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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