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Bizarro Stories from the Polycule Call for Submissions

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Call for Submissions

 

Bizarro Stories from the Polycule: Adventures in Consensual Non-Monogamy

Edited by Dr. Eli Sheff

Weird shit happens in CNM — weird good and weird bad, weird happy and weird sad. You have stories about it, you know you do. You have talked through them as you decompressed with partners afterwards or told the tale later at a dinner party. Here is a chance to write those stories down and send them to me so I can put them in a new book. Be as out – or not – as you wish; write anonymously, with a pseudonym, initials, or your real name. You can write anything from a haiku about the clerk at the grocery store flirting with your triad, to a story about how you got stuck in that wacky position and had to text your metamour to come and rescue you, or a comic strip about the time your kid accidentally outed you to Great Auntie Florence at your grandfather’s funeral.

Below you can find some ideas of what you might write about – or you might write about something completely different:

  • Dating
  • Relationship Anarchists on the Loose
  • Fun with Chosen Family
  • Coming out
  • Adventures with Family of Origin
  • Sex Escapades
  • Discrimination
  • But What About the Kids?
  • Explaining Us to Strangers
  • Living Together
  • Long Distance Relationships
  • Sharing Partners — the good, the bad, the ugly
  • Dealing with Challenges
  • Aging
  • My How You’ve Changed!
  • Was the Cost Worth It?
  • Social Media
  • Travel
  • Self-concept, Social Identity

Bizarro is the second book in the Stories from the Polycule series. For an example of how this kind of project has turned out in the past, check out my first book in this series, Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families that came out with Thorntree Press in 2015.

If you have questions or want to submit something to the book, email Dr. Eli Sheff at drelisheff@gmail.com

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The Polyamorous Black American Anthology — Call for Submissions

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Christopher Smith is collecting original stories written by African Americans who identify as polyamorous. If you are in that category, please consider submitting to his anthology!

 

 

 

While completing my academic article entitled Open to Love: Polyamory and the Black American (which will be published in The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships in the winter 2017 edition) I realized that theory, research and the few personal narratives I complied alone are not sufficient to display the eminence of the Black American polyamorous experience. The people themselves need to share their experiences, hearts, minds, and thoughts through essays, poetry, dance, monologues, narratives, biographical stories, text conversations, social media posts, and whatever other avenue comfortable for the individual and/or collective. The people themselves need to be heard…

The Black American Polyamorous Anthology Project is an avenue for self-identifying polyamorous Blacks/African Americans/Black Americans to express; through any form written, audio or video; their experiences. To be clear this project is meant to represent ALL self-identifying polyamorous Blacks/African Americans/Black Americans regardless of socio-economic class, age, sex, sexuality, gender, and polyamorous formation.

There is NO limit to what is expressed, this anthology seeks to show the totality of the Black American polyamorous experiences (the good, bad, happy, sad, celebratory, abusive, rehabilitory, cautionary, progressive, troublesome, sexual, nonsexual, affective, discriminatory, comfortable, uncomfortable, racial taboos etc…) and its intersections with our everyday lives (as pastors, clinicians, hostess, waste disposal professionals, CEO’s, accountants, artists, mothers, fathers, military members, it does not matter). The goal is to show a robust and true view of our lives.

The project has two elements:
1. Written anthology to be digitally released
2. Video/Audio anthology to be digitally released and presented at film festivals

The due date for submissions is July 16th, 2017

For more information about and the directions for participation in this project please email Christopher N Smith at tenabilitymovement@gmail.com expressing your interest.

 

About Christopher N Smith
Christopher N. Smith is researcher focused on consensual non-monogamous relationship trends in current and historical contexts. His prior education includes doctoral studies in Sociology; a Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a concentration in Religion and Society; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology form Howard University. He is in pursuit of a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration on Minority Serving Institutions. Mr. Smith has extensive experience publishing, working, teaching, presenting and conducting research studies within the education, sociology, human services and criminal justice sectors. Currently he is a Management Analyst for the District of Columbia & in the United States Air Force Reserves. He is an educator, community builder, father, relationship advocate and passionate about increasing awareness of and support for non-monogamous relationships structures in the United States.

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Kimichi Cuddles Ask Me About Polyamory Book Released Today

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Tikva Wolf, cartoonist extraordinaire and creator of the Kimchi Cuddles comics has a new book out that was just released today. Ask Me About Polyamory is now available, check out the links below:

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Have you read my books? Please review them!

If you have read any of my books, I would really appreciate it if you would review them.

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Review at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/When-Someone-Love-Polyamorous-Understanding/dp/0996460187

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Review at Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25707128-stories-from-the-polycule?ac=1&from_search=true
and
Review at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Polycule-Real-Polyamorous-Families/dp/0991399773/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=GWMHWS0J5JY2B98DHJNG
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Review at Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18145510-the-polyamorists-next-door?ac=1&from_search=true
And
Review at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Polyamorists-Next-Door-Multiple-Partner-Relationships/dp/144225310X/ref=pd_sim_14_4?ie=UTF8&dpID=4180rLU6RPL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL320_SR214%2C320_&refRID=BTPZFD04ZT8Q5P00GYTM
Thanks for your time!!!

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Contribute to Marked By Scorn

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One of the contributors to Stories from the Polycule, Dominica Malcolm, is editing her own anthology about non-traditional relationships. Check out her crowdfunding call below:

Dominica Malcolm is a writer, editor, and publisher at Solarwyrm Press, where she consistently focuses on trying to highlight the stories of more diverse characters. She’s currently crowdfunding the release of her second anthology, Marked by Scorn: An Anthology Featuring Non-Traditional Relationships, which features a range of characters of different races, sexualities, genders, ages, and relationship structures. Relationships featured primarily fall into at least one category of non-monogamous, interracial, and QUILTBAG. Crowdfunding is to raise money to pay the writers, and perks are being delivered prior to the official publication date on July 31. You can also order her other two books as part of the campaign, her novel Adrift about a bisexual female time-travelling pirate, and Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Aurealis Award for Best Anthology, and focuses primarily on racial diversity.
For more information and do donate to the campaign, visit http://igg.me/at/mbs

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Free Copies of Dr. Sheff’s Newest Book, When Someone You Love is Poly

 

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Thorntree Press is giving away up to 100 free copies of my new book, When Someone You Love Is Polyamorous: Understanding Poly People and Relationships. They will give one copy each to local poly groups and libraries, to be shared with the group members. If your group would like to receive a copy, please fill out the following form here:
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Help Stories from the Polycule Win the Reader’s Choice Award

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My second book, Stories From the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families, is up for the Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB award! Winning one of the awards would be really great news for the book, as it will bring it to the attention of booksellers and librarians across the country. I really hope it will bring more mainstream attention to real-life, down-to-earth poly stories.
 
The INDIEFAB awards includes a Readers’ Choice category. To win this one, we need to collect comments on the book’s page on the Foreword site. If you want to help, go here:
Then leave a comment (you’ll need to be logged in through Facebook or with a Foreword Reviews account) with the hashtag #INDIEFABFAVE
That’s it! And if you want, you can help out more, you can spread the word, including sharing Thorntree Press’s post about the contest.

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