Submit Your Essay for our 2016 Anthology

Weekly, we get inquiries about the upcoming 2016 Anthology. If you are interested in submitting your essay for The #NoMoreShame Project’s 2016 Anthology, then you have come to the right place. We hope this page is very helpful for you!

Here are the details of what we’re seeking and how you can submit an entry:

Submission/Publication Schedule

Entry Period: Today through June 1st 2016

Selection Announcements: July 1st 2016

Editing Period: July 1st through September 30th 2016

Publication Date: A TBD Monday, November 2016


Topic for 2016 will focus on the aspect of (Please email us for the 2016 Topic).

The author must be a survivor of sexual assault to submit an entry.

Entry should be poetry or non-fiction essay.

Length of entry is not restricted, focus is on quality not quantity.

Entry shall not have been published elsewhere.

Author of entry shall relinquish rights to the piece, with the exception of 10% which they may retain to promote their work on their blog or social media accounts. The author shall specify which 10% they wish to retain on their entry form. If they do not specify a particular 10% then it shall default to the first 10% of their entered poem or essay.

Rights to the piece shall revert to the author two years after the date of publication of the anthology.

The entry shall not contain any graphic content.

An author can submit as many pieces as they like. Each requires a separate entry email.

Authors may specify a pen name to be used in publication of the piece. However, full legal name must be specified on the entry form for legal reasons.

Authors may specify a blog, personal website and social media accounts that they wish to accompany their published entry.

The editors we have the right to edit any entry. We will make all reasonable attempts to work with the author on these edits but the final decision rests with the editors, not the author.

All entries should be submitted by midnight, June 1st to be considered for publication.


Each entry should be submitted as a PDF attached to an email.

Each entry should be emailed directly and only to:

Author may enter as many pieces as you wish. However, each entry should be submitted separately.

In the subject line of the email please type: 2015 Anthology, The #NoMoreShame Project

In the body of your email please provide the following information:

Full Legal Name

Pen Name

Title of Piece

Blog URL

Website URL

Social Media Accounts URL’s (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

Titles and links to Books previously published

Ten Percent of piece that author wishes to retain copyright to (If the author does not select a specific 10% their rights will default to the first ten percent of the piece entered)

Finally, the author MUST place the following, word for word, in the body of their entry email. You can simply cut and paste the following:

By entering this written work I certify that the following statements are true:

  • I am a survivor of sexual assault
  • I am the author of this submitted entry
  • This entry has not been previously published
  • I understand that if my entry is selected that I am relinquishing copyright of the work to the Editors of the #NoMoreShame Project with the exception of the 10% specified above
  • I understand that if my entry is selected for publication the Editors of The #NoMoreShame Project will make reasonable attempts to work with me on any edits they suggest. I acknowledge that the Editors of The #NoMoreShame Project retain the final decision making rights regarding editing of my entry.

The Story Behind Our Anthologies

In January 2014 bestselling author Rachel Thompson and therapist Bobbi Parish started a Twitter Chat for survivors of sexual abuse called #SexAbuseChat. As survivors themselves, Rachel and Bobbi wanted to create a forum for all survivors to share their story, support one another and learn about the process of recovery. #SexAbuseChat was immediately successful! Survivors from around the world logged onto the chat to provide each other with compassion, understanding, and encouragement. Success Coach and survivor Athena Moberg came alongside Bobbi and Rachel, bringing her compassionate heart to the role of back up co-host and peer advocate. The chat became a way for survivors to unite with one another, rather than living in the isolation of shame that our abuse created.

The chat’s motto quickly became #NoMoreShame.

As time progressed the community of survivors participating in the chat became more powerful. Sharing our stories with one another decreased our shame. With that came healing.

As each of us took a step forward we reached behind to another survivor to help them take a step forward as well.

Witnessing the power of sharing our stories over this past year has been amazing. We wanted to expand that healing power to a wider audience. To do that the three of us launched The #NoMoreShame Project, which would start off as a collection of anthologies carrying survivors stories out into the greater world community.

On July 1, 2014 we began receiving poems and prose written by survivors of sexual assault. Using either format we asked survivors to tell their stories. They shared on any aspect of their story that they feel would be helpful to share with readers. We had purposefully placed few limitations on the subject matter for that first anthology. Our only requirement was that it be easily identified as part of their journey as a survivor of sexual abuse.

For some examples of the kinds of poems and essays we published in 2014, you may click here:


In exchange for allowing us to publish their work, each selected author was to receive five free paperback copies of the book, as well as the opportunity to promote their website/blog, social media accounts and any books they had written.

We are still in the process of distributing those free copies. Thank you for your patience.

We hope this page has been helpful.

Please consider submitting your essays for The #NoMoreShame Project’s 2015 Anthology.

  1 comment for “Submit Your Essay for our 2016 Anthology

  1. July 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Hi! I just found your project. Great idea! I am too late for this year, but would you, by chance, be doing this next year? It sounds like an amazing project to be involved with.

    Thanks for doing this.

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