Sunday, January 11, 2015

TO HONOR THE HEART: A Call for Submissions

Today I have something very important to share. My friend Claudia Moss is putting together an anthology called To Honor the Heart: women's stories of rape. This will be an opportunity for rape survivors to lift their voices and share their stories. Please take a look at the guidelines below in Claudia's own words, to find out about this important upcoming anthology and I would appreciate it so much if you would share this information with others. Thank you in advance!


As a rape survivor shattering years of silence, I am compiling approximately 50 stories to include in an anthology of power, grace and forgiveness entitled TO HONOR THE HEART: women’s stories of rape.

An anthology of this nature has not been written since Dr. Charlotte Pierce-Baker shared her survivor story along with those of 11 other women and 5 men (men’s stories about the women they loved who were raped) in SURVIVING THE SILENCE: black women’s stories of rape. Pierce-Baker’s remarkable collection was published June 17, 2000.

This anthology is long overdue.

I am seeking SUBMISSIONS from ALL women (African, Asian, Black, Indian, Latina, Native, White and all other ethnicities; bi, lesbian, pansexual, straight, trans, etc.) who have survived the trauma of rape and molestation.

You are being invited to participate in this ground-breaking anthology, a loving space to embrace all of our voices in telling the unspeakable to unburden and honor the heart. If you have never shared your story with another soul, now is the time to tell. If you have already shared your story as a rape survivor, this is another opportunity for you to connect with a wider audience.

The way forward is to tell. Our telling forms a much-needed community of voices. Telling is an act of courage that may help save a wounded woman screaming silently inside.

If you are in the surrounding area, in or outside of Atlanta, GA, you can arrange to meet with me, and I will interview you to record your telling, if you prefer.

This Call for Submissions will culminate in a printed and a digital publication.

I am open to the following types of submissions: personal narratives/essays and poetry.


* Personal narratives/essays: 800 to 1500 words

* Poetry: 3 poems or no more than 1000 words

* Submissions should be in Microsoft Word, one-inch margins. They are also acceptable in Google Docs.

* You are free to use a pseudonym if anonymity is necessary. You are also able to submit Anonymously.

Deadline for Submissions is March 31, 2015.

Send your submission and a BIO to with the subject line as follows:

To Honor the Heart submission — [First name] and [Last name]

Please direct all questions about your submission to me at


TheGoldenGoddess said...

Greetings Dori!

Thank you kindly, humbly, for helping to spread the word about this anthology. It means so much to me! And I love your blog home. What a bright, positive, sunny, resplendent and informative site it is!

When I look at the post's date, my birthday, I am elated all over again!

Love & Light,


Dori said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share the information about this important upcoming anthology with my readers! I'm so grateful to play a small part. I'm so glad that you feel so welcome here on my blog. You are always welcome my friend :) Isn't it wonderful how things happen...publishing the post on your birthday was meant to be! :)