Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sea Change Paid Writing Opportunity

Shape the Conversation: Submit to the Reproductive Justice Reader

Have you or someone you know written about giving birth? Having an abortion? Being a teen parent? Sea Change is looking to partner with writers who are willing to write new articles or re-publish already written pieces about the intersection of their identity and their reproductive experiences. These articles will be published in our RJ Reader and read by hundreds of people nationwide.

In the coming year, Sea Change will engage people across the country in open and curious discussions about stigmatized reproductive experiences with the goal of shifting prejudicial attitudes. We will use the RJ reader to catalyze conversations about abortion, adoption, miscarriage, single parenthood, teen pregnancy, infertility and more.

In our pilot project, participants noted that the book we used, Choice, was a great start to the conversation. Many also noted that there were over two dozen narratives, yet not enough stories that reflected the race, class, and gender diversity they saw in their everyday lives. Our Reader will address these concerns while maintaining the integral theme of Choice: that every person has a story to tell about their reproductive life.

Our new reader will be composed of fifteen to eighteen first-person, non-fiction accounts of reproductive experiences. We are currently seeking previously published or new stories to include. Specifically, we’re seeking short non-fiction about the intersection of reproductive health, rights, and justice with racism, immigration status, religion, sexuality, and gender identity.

Articles should be between 2000 and 4000 words, non-fiction, and told in the first person. Authors can remain anonymous if they so choose. To submit, please email Sea Change Deputy Director Steph Herold at with the following information:
  • Your full name, email address, and phone number
  • Your submission as a Microsoft Word document, attached to the email, double spaced
  • Please state whether the piece has been published before, the publication, and provide a link if possible
There is a stipend of $100 per accepted piece. The deadline for submissions is March 21, 2014.