Stories Break Silence

Stories break Silence: A Book Project

Submit Your Story | Deadline: 29th November, 2015


Stories Break Silence - SLF book project 2015The Silver Lining Foundation has always maintained the aim of providing support and education through advocacy to end discrimination against marginalized groups, such as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Trinidad and Tobago.

Stories Break Silence is a project based on this longstanding aim.

Silences prevail in the Caribbean that have denied and masked the existence of the LGBT community. This invisibility is not just a lack of something, be it attention, recognition or permission, but a deliberate silencing of the voices, stories and experiences of persons in the Caribbean who dare to break gender norms, or to love others of the same sex. This collection seeks to break this silence and change dominant ideas about Caribbean sexualities. This edited collection of stories seeks the voices of LGBT or otherwise identified persons who have been silenced and wish to be no longer. These stories will show young persons that experiences of marginalization are not unique; they are not alone. These stories will challenge the norms that deny the existence of LGBT persons in the Caribbean.


Submission Guidelines

We are accepting submissions of prose, poetry, audio and video recordings, for publication in an online collection and as a transcript in print. These stories are intended for young audiences and so you are asked to refrain from using sexually explicit language and profanities. Submissions under pseudonyms and pen-names should be specified as such in the submission, although confidentially on audio and video submissions cannot be guaranteed and so full-disclosure on those submissions must be agreed to.

Participants are asked to provide the following information on the top left-hand corner for prose and poetry, and at the beginning of your audio/video submissions:

Name (pseudo or real, include credentials if applicable), Age, Occupation.

Prose

  • Must be 2 to 5 pages
  • Typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font, Times New Roman

Poetry

  • Must be no more than 3 pages
  • Typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font, Times New Roman

Audio /Video Recordings

  • Must be between 5 to 8 minutes of recording.
  • Speak clearly and loudly. We reserve the right to not use your material if this guideline is not met.
  • Material will be published as a transcription, not prose.

Submit Your Story

Submissions are now closed. Thanks for your interest.