Announcements, call for submissions

The Talk – Not the TV Show – the Real Talk About Living Cautiously

I was reading this article on NPR It’s about the talk that black mothers have with their sons. It came to me while I was working on an announcement – or a fresh announcement about The Talk – which is the name for the anthology of poetry and essays by mothers of color & possibly fathers, too.

As a white woman, I have had talks with my now adult child, but nothing compared to what people of color have to have, MUST have with their children. None of us wants to have our children’s names or adult children’s names associated with a hashtag. What do you think the chances are for this to happen with a person of color vs a white person?

Even with The Talk, there’s still a chance that something could happen, but we are not, as parents, going to let our children into society without caution. The Talk and many other measures has to happen.

What is the talk as a white parent? What is the talk as a parent of color? Just think about that and let it sit for a few moments.

Photo by August de Richelieu on Pexels.com

This picture depicts the happiness I want to see for people of color. And I want to hear about The Talk that is had. It keeps those of us who don’t have this experience, mindful. And it keeps us heart-full. How I wish that in this world, we did not have the adversity, the hatred, the assumptions… And I don’t want to hear about how that’s just the way it is. That is not good enough, nor acceptable to me and I hope it is not acceptable to others, but I know. I don’t have blinders on, but I also don’t have dark skin which causes people to scowl, distrust, look the other way, accuse me, to make my name a hashtag.

Are you a person of color? Would you feel comfortable sharing the talk you have had to have with your children? There’s a Call for Submissions for your story, your essays, your poetry… Would you consider sharing Your Talk with others?

Here is the link if your answer is “yes” or if you want more information:

The Talk Call for Submissions.

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Call for Submissions

Prolific Pulse Press LLC is conducting a call for submissions. Details are as follows:

Prolific Pulse Press LLC needs 3 essays and 3 poems about what it is like to be a caregiver of a family member or close friend who has become ill.

We also needs 3 essays and 3 poems about what it is like to be given care by a family member or close friend.

All entries must be speaking from their own firsthand experiences.

Essays should be no longer than 5000 words. Poems should not be longer than 600 words.

Previously published essays and/or poems will be accepted for consideration with the exception of already being published in anthologies or other books.

The 12 winning essays and poems will receive an award of $20 each.

All entries must be in 12 point Times New Roman or Book Antiqua font.

Send entries as attachments to your email.

Deadline: March 31, 2022

A 50 word Bio will be needed with the entries, not after the fact.

What will happen to these?

These are to go into a book by Lisa Tomey and it will be published in August 2022

Releases will be requested for the essay and poem writers to enable publication.

No royalties will be paid, but your names and bios will be included in the book.

There will be an optional open mic for this book event for which any winning entries will be invited to attend and read.

Send entries to prolificpulse@gmail.com

Put Caregiver in the subject line

Questions? email prolificpulse@gmail.com