All My Relations Volume 3 is an art and lit, online and printed magazine, exploring the theme of belonging. This volume is open to BIPOC, LGBTIQA2+, and disabled creatives only, in consideration of the theme. Own voices only, please.

We are not looking for graphic or traumatic stories or dark fictional pieces written for shock value. We do not require that you center your or your relations’ traumas. And we are not interested in the single story of harm and suffering.

We are looking for honest pieces reflecting on your feelings of belonging, pieces commemorating your memories (or imaginations if memories don’t exist) of being in community with your relatives (whoever your relatives are to you), pieces exploring the myriad of feelings that come from belonging, pieces exploring how it feels to not belong, pieces explaining rituals (either cultural or adopted) that help you feel connected to your ancestors, musings on alternate universes where everyone always belongs, reflections on a utopian future, etc. We are looking for pieces that honor your communities, honor your journey towards belonging, imagine the absence of otherization, and/or aid in communal healing.

We are committed to editing with an equity lens, ensuring any edits are for clarity and not stylistic in nature. We are committed to never alter a writing style, the intention of a piece, or change the voice in any way. If we ever fail or come up short in this attempt, please do let us know.

We are free to submit to and free to read. We will accept one written piece or piece of artwork per person and hope to respond within one month.

Submissions are open and will close when we have reached 100 pages of content or July 1, whichever comes first. To submit, fill out our submission form (one piece per entry in the form). Be sure to read all of our guidelines below before submitting.

Because our issues do often deal with mature topics, our publication is open to creatives aged 16+ only.

Volume 1 explored the theme of familial (blood, adopted, affirming, community, or other “family”) loss or ancestry. Read the complete volume here.

Volume 2 explored the themes of colonization and decolonization. Read the complete volume here.

Header image: Paint on concrete that says “You Belong Here,” courtesy of H. Michael Karshis. (CC BY 2.0)

The Team

We’re the masthead, the team, the folx reviewing your work:

Requirements for Submissions

What we expect from submissions:

Safety

Recently, there’s been a few people in the lit community who have been exposed as predators and abusers. We want our publication to be a safe space:

What You Can Expect From Us

Rights, publication, copies, and payment information:

Things that will be rejected outright and could get you temporarily or permanently banned from All My Relations and The B’K:

If your submission violates any of the guidelines below, you will be informed and temporarily banned from submitting to any Talbot-Heindl publication for one month’s time. A rejection for violating a guideline is not the start of an argument. You have submitted to our publication, so follow our rules.

If it is a flagrant violation or you argue with us or respond aggressively to a rejection for any reason, you will be permanently banned.

Likewise, even if your submissions to us are not problematic, but we are informed of problematic behavior outside of our publication against people from marginalized communities and can verify it, you will not be welcome to our publication and we reserve the right to remove your work from past issues.

Here is our list of violations:

  • The piece implicates you in a crime.
  • The piece is partially or fully plagiarized.
  • The piece uses fridging of marginalized people or children (the trope where a marginalized person is injured, killed, or demoralized in some way to move a privileged person’s story or character development forward).
  • The piece reduces people from marginalized genders or races to body parts, objects, or in another way dehumanizes them.
  • The piece’s main focus is sexual attraction or exploitation.
  • The piece is erotica or is sexually explicit.
  • The piece sexualizes a child. This means anyone under 18 years old, no matter what.
  • The piece glorifies or sexualizes violence against marginalized genders.
  • The piece is a fiction, poetry, or art piece that mentions or implies molestation, sexual assault, or r*pe 
    • We will only consider nonfiction that has been personally experienced by the author, which will be judged on a case-by-case basis. There is NO wiggle room on this. Our editor is a survivor and will not subject themself to the pain of reading this unless it is written by a survivor about their own experience (because we value and understand the need for catharsis through art). NO ONE ELSE is permitted to submit a piece with any of these topics mentioned; NO FICTION, POETRY, OR ART PIECE is permitted with these topics mentioned or implied.
    • In the case of personally experienced nonfiction, all the other guidelines still apply – any mention or implication MUST NOT be sexually explicit or regarding a child, etc – and there must be a CLEAR INDICATION of what is contained within in the trigger warning area (That means stating “sexual assault” if the piece includes a mention of sexual assault. Weaker synonyms and euphemisms don’t help us prepare or know if we’re ready to read the piece).
    • Honestly, if you’re unsure of how to submit it after reading this guideline, don’t. Err on not submitting it and finding a different publication to submit to rather than harming our editor.
    • Any violation of this guideline and sub-sections of this guideline will result in an instant permanent ban from our publication. The trauma is too great and therapy is too expensive to deal with this.
  • The piece includes content or pejoratives that could be considered racist, xenophobic, queerphobic, transphobic, sexist, misogynistic, fetishist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, ableist, audistic, or in any other way offensive to a protected class or minority. Pieces that include an unreliable narrator will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but will be rejected unless it is made clear within the piece that the behavior/language is unacceptable.

Land Back Statement

All My Relations occupies the ancestral and traditional lands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ peoples. In offering this land acknowledgment, I also acknowledge the state-sanctioned acts of genocide against the original inhabitants of this area and the challenges Indigenous communities face today as a result of colonization. I affirm Indigenous sovereignty, history, knowledge, and experiences. I also pledge to support the Land Back movement and reparations in any way that I can until such time that the land is ceded to its rightful stewards.