Ends on November 15, 2019

 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. 

The Nasiona  is seeking submissions for its series titled "Give Us a Smile.

“Come on darling, give us a smile”: women have often heard variations of this misogynistic request uttered by strangers and acquaintances alike. But its very casualness reveals how deeply entrenched it is in subtle-but-damaging frameworks. This creative nonfiction series aims to take back an expression that has been used to harass women, as well as demean and dismiss their experiences, by being a platform for those very experiences.

This project is geared toward stories centered on womanhood and trauma. So long as it has upended your life in significant ways, and triggered unforeseen repercussions on all your choices, it falls under that umbrella. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, mental illness, abuse, sexual assault, deep-seated micro-aggressions, family turmoil, cultural turbulence, and everything in between.

Has this aforementioned trauma granted you renewed insight on your childhood? Has it altered the way you approach the future? Are you in the middle of it? In the early stages? Is your trauma long behind you? How have you coped, if at all? Have you reached out and sought help? How has being a woman influenced the attitudes of loved ones and strangers alike, regarding your trauma, and have you internalized those feelings, be it contempt, gentle condescension etc.?

The trauma in question can be old or new, chronic or acute, but should ideally be framed by and explored through the current social and/or political climate(s). Is your trauma shared with women across the globe, and if so, how have you seen it addressed in different societies? How has the recent political virulence changed your understanding of the world, and your significance therein? How has social justice or inequity impacted how you deal with your turmoil?

We are looking for creative nonfiction pieces by traditionally marginalized women whose voices have not often been granted a platform.

Rules for Submissions 

• Stories can be up to 5000 words.

• Work must be original and unpublished.

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

• Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your work is accepted elsewhere, it is your responsibility to immediately notify The Nasiona that your work is no longer available for consideration by leaving a note in Submittable.

• Please edit your submissions before sending them in for consideration.

 • All submissions must include a summary of up to 75 words.  

• Include a cover letter in the cover letter section with your contact information, titles of your submission(s), and bio of no more than 50 words written in the third person.

• Include your name as you would like to see it published and the name of your piece (if multiple pieces, then the first piece) in the title.

• Please ensure your name, email, and telephone number are NOT on your attached piece. Ensure the title of your piece is clear, along with word count in the document.

• Please do not number the pages or use headers and footers.

• Double-space the work and use 12-point font Times New Roman.

• Ensure your piece is in .doc or .docx format.

• Upload author photo as .jpeg or .png format. (Optional.) If we accept your work for publication, we’ll include the image in your bio.

• By submitting to The Nasiona, you are agreeing 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 nonfiction storytelling organization, but promise to read every piece you submit. Given those constraints, however, it may take up to six months to 8 months 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 lifetime 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.


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.