Tell Your Story
All TMI Project stories have specific required elements:
To help you get started, below are writing prompts. They are meant to open doors in your mind to different experiences you may have had, and/or different perspectives on those experiences. The prompts are merely suggestions. You might want to choose one or go with a combination. However, if none of the prompts appeal to you, write what you feel compelled to write about instead. We recommend reading through them, regardless, as they might inform and expand on what you have in mind to write about.
Please note: Not everyone who submits will be published. If you are chosen, you must be willing to have your story edited and then sent back to you for approval before publishing.
ABOUT BLACK STORIES MATTER
Black Stories Matter is TMI Project’s way to participate as an organization in the national outcry of injustice by using true storytelling to speak truth to power and to dismantle the white supremacist systems that hold racism in place. We support and amplify Black voices, share resources, and inspire anti-racist action. We acknowledge the historical predominance of white-centered narratives that permeate the cultural, political, and policy conversations in this country, and seek to elevate the full spectrum of Black experience to its proper place within the realm of American discourse.
Black Stories Matter provides Black-led true storytelling workshops where Black folks can write about, share, and reflect upon their experiences without having to justify, explain, or defend the truth of their lived experiences. The culminating content — written stories, live storytelling performances, videos, and podcasts — is accessible to an all-inclusive audience. We pair our storytelling media with strategic tools to inspire deep introspection, a willingness to transform oneself and take bold action to end systemic racism.
Black Stories Matter supports and is aligned with the mission of Black Lives Matter.
To help you get started, below are several writing prompts. They are meant to open doors in your mind to different experiences you may have had, and/or different perspectives on those experiences. The prompts are merely suggestions. You might want to choose one, or go with a combination. However, if none appeal to you, write what you feel compelled to write about instead. We recommend reading through them, regardless, as they might inform and expand on what you have in mind to write about.
TERMS OF SUBMISSION
Last Updated: February 5th, 2017
YOUR SUBMISSION; LICENSES
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Submitting a Submission does not guarantee that it will be selected for the campaign. All Submissions will be reviewed for content eligibility and compliance with these Submission Guidelines before being judged. Submissions containing prohibited material or inappropriate content, as determined by TMI, in their sole discretion, shall be disqualified. TMI shall make the final determination as to what Submissions are eligible to take part in the campaign.