All My Relations Volume 7 is an art and lit, online and printed magazine, exploring the theme of “rest.” This volume is open to racially and ethnically marginalized, gender variant, and disabled creatives only, in consideration of the theme. Own voices only, please.

Our collective rest will not be easy. All of culture is collaborating for us not to rest. I understand this deeply. We are sleep-deprived because the systems view us as machines, but bodies are not machines. Our bodies are a site of liberation. We are divine and our rest is divine. There is synergy, interconnectedness, and deep communal healing within our rest movement.

Tricia Hersey, Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto

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 rest, how your ancestors may have rested, or musings on alternate universes where people are given the space and abundance to rest, what you could have abundance for if you were given time to rest, what life could look like away from capitalism and white supremacy, etc. We are looking for pieces that honor your experience, honor your journey, honor your imaginations, and/or aid in communal healing.

We have a set of guidelines for what we will or will not read or publish for the emotional well-being of our readers (internally and externally). Please review those guidelines (below) and only send us authentic, own voices (if applicable) pieces that follow them. (The principle of own voices means that pieces that refer to marginalized groups and their experiences are created by people who share that identity. Pieces that follow the principle of own voices reflect the contributors’ own lived experiences and perspectives. Proximity to people with a lived experience is not a proxy for having that lived experience and will not be considered adhering to the own voices guideline.)

We do not accept pieces that use AI content creation, including ChatGPT. AI content is plagiarism, even though the systems have been formulated to modify the end result from the stolen materials just enough to be indetectable and circumvent copyright laws. AI copies existing works by existing creatives without their knowledge or consent. It is an inappropriate and inequitable tool for content submitted to All My Relations, especially as, at this time, the person using it can’t track down and fairly compensate the original creators for their work.

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 and/or piece of artwork per person.

Submissions are open and will close when we have reached 100 pages of content or July 15, 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 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. Volume 2 explored the themes of colonization and decolonization. Volume 3 explored the theme of belonging. Volume 4 explored the themes of disability and accessibility. Volume 5 explored the theme of overcoming. Volume 6 explored the theme of resistance. Read all the past volumes here.

Header image: A cat’s paws poke out from underneath a messy bedspread. Courtesy of Jörn Heller from Pixabay.

The Team

The masthead reviewing your work:

Requirements for Submissions

What we expect from submissions:


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. This includes work that is AI-generated (AI is plagiarism — it copies existing works from existing creatives without their permission.) or the majority/focus of the piece makes use of images that were not created by you (examples: photographs of murals — yes, you took the photograph, but the focus is on someone else’s mural; collages where the collage pieces have not been radically altered and are therefore someone else’s work).
  • 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 mentions or implies molestation, sexual assault, or r*pe. There is NO wiggle room on this. Our fiction editor is a survivor and will not subject themself to the pain of reading this. Any violation 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 slurs that could be considered racist, xenophobic, queerphobic, transphobic, sexist, misogynistic, fetishist, antisemitic, Islamophobic, ableist, audistic, or in any other way offensive to a protected class or minority. Your piece will be rejected unless it is made clear within the piece or in an artist statement at the end that the behavior/language is unacceptable, proper content warnings are provided, and the word is in some way censored in the piece (vowels replaced with * as an example we’ve accepted). While I understand that some people are reclaiming words that have been used to disparage people that share an identity, not all our readers from that identity will be reclaiming that word and we need to think of their well-being as well.