All My Relations Volume 2 is an art and lit, online and printed magazine, exploring the struggle against colonization—past and present. This volume is open to Black, Indigenous, and other people of color only, in consideration of the theme. While we understand that some white folks have historically experienced colonization, we want to amplify the specific and perpetual struggles of our BIPOC relations. Own voices only, please.
We are not looking for graphic or traumatic stories or dark fictional pieces about death or genocide written for shock value. We do not require that you center your or your relations’ trauma surrounding colonization. And we are not interested in the single story of harm and suffering. (Check out this important TED talk from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on “The danger of a single story.”)
We are looking for honest pieces reflecting on your ancestors, pieces commemorating your memories (or imaginations if memories don’t exist) of lost elders and/or relatives (whoever your relatives are to you), pieces exploring the myriad of feelings that come from decolonizing your history or your communities’ histories, pieces explaining rituals (either cultural or adopted) that help you cope with the effects of colonization, musings on alternate universes where colonization never occurred, reflections on a colonization-free future, etc. We are looking for pieces that honor your ancestors and communities, honor your journey through decolonization, imagine the absence of colonization, 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.
To submit, fill out our submission form (one piece per entry in the form). We will read submissions in the order they were received. The submission period will be open through January 1, 2022 or until we reach 100 pages. Be sure to read all our guidelines below before submitting.
Volume 1 explored the theme of familial (blood, adopted, affirming, community, or other “family”) loss or ancestry. Read the complete volume here.
Header image: The back of a street sign with a sticker that says “Keep Calm and Decolonize” taken in Historic Guadalupe, Santa Fe, New Mexico by Paul Sableman (CC BY 2.0).
We’re the masthead, the team, the folx 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.
- 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.
All My Relations is made on the ancestral traditional lands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (the Seven Council Fires) peoples. This area was also the site of trade, hunting, gathering, and healing of other Indigenous peoples, including the Comanche, Apache, and Shoshone. In offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty, history, knowledge, and experiences.