Black Stories Matter Submissions - TMI Project

Black Stories Matter

Tell Your Story

We invite you to submit a story of up to 600 words plus a photo or a video of up to 3 minutes in length.

All TMI Project stories have specific required elements:

  • All stories have to be true.
  • All stories are first-person stories. You, the writer, are the main character.
  • You must be willing to be vulnerable and expose your humanity by including the “TMI” parts of your story — the parts we usually leave out because of shame, embarrassment, stigma or cultural expectations.
  • Your story should about an experience in which you went through some kind of transformation from beginning to end with tension in the middle that makes the reader want to keep reading.

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.

BSMmission&prompts

To submit your true story, use the form below or email info@tmiproject.org.

We invite you to submit a story of up to 600 words plus a photo, or a video of up to 3 minutes in length.

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.

BSMmission&prompts

To submit your true story, use the form below or email info@tmiproject.org.

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Terms of Submission

TERMS OF SUBMISSION

Last Updated: February 5th, 2017

TMI Project (“TMI,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) is really excited that you have decided to submit your story to TMI. Please read these terms of submission (“Terms of Submission”) carefully. By submitting your story (“Submission”), you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree to be legally bound by these Terms of Submission, and our Terms of Use available at https://www.tmiproject.org/terms-of-use/ (“Terms of Use”), which is hereby incorporated by reference, and you represent and warrant that you are at least eighteen (18) years old or older.   If you do not agree to any of these terms, then please do not submit your Submission. These Terms of Submission may be updated by us from time to time without notice to you. Capitalized terms not defined in these Terms of Submission shall have the meaning set forth in our Terms of Use.

  • YOUR SUBMISSION; LICENSES

You retain all copyrights and other intellectual property rights in and to your own Submission. You do, however, hereby grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable, perpetual license to modify, compile, combine with other content, copy, record, synchronize, transmit, translate, format, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, and otherwise use or exploit your Submission and all intellectual property and moral rights therein throughout the universe, in each case, by or in any means, methods, media, or technology now known or hereafter devised for the purpose of conducting the campaign and for purposes set forth in our Terms of Use. You also grant us and our sublicensees the right, but not the obligation, to use your Submission, your name, likeness, and photograph in connection with any use of the related Submission permitted by the previous sentence and/or to advertise and promote our Services, and/or TMI. Without limiting the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that uses of your Submission, name, likeness, and photograph permitted by the foregoing rights and licenses may include the display of such Submission, name, likeness, and photograph adjacent to advertising and other material or content.

You expressly acknowledge and agree that once you submit your Submission for inclusion in our campaign, it will be accessible by others, and that there is no confidentiality or privacy with respect to such Submission, including, without limitation, any personally identifying information that you may make available. YOU, AND NOT TMI, ARE ENTIRELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS THAT YOU UPLOAD, POST, E-MAIL, OR OTHERWISE TRANSMIT TO TMI AND YOU WILL INDEMNIFY US IN RESPECT OF ANY LOSS, LIABILITY, CLAIM, OR DAMAGE SUFFERED OR INCURRED BY US IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR SUBMISSIONS.

If you submit your Submission to us, each such submission constitutes a representation and warranty to TMI that such Submission is your original creation (or that you otherwise have the right to provide the Submission), that you have the rights necessary to grant the license to the Submission under this section, and that it and its use by TMI and its content partners as permitted by these Terms of Submission does not and will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property or moral rights of any person or contain any libelous, defamatory, or obscene material or content that violates our Submission Guidelines.

  • SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submission must be no more than 250 words.
  • Submission must be an original work created solely by you, has not been previously published, and does not infringe upon any third-party copyrights or other intellectual property rights.
  • Submission must be suitable for publication.
  • Submission must not include:
    • images or content that is any way unlawful, harmful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, or harassing.
  • Submission must not include content that discriminates based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

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.

You agree that TMI and its licensees, successors, and assigns shall have no obligation to give you credit for your Submission, but in their sole discretion may elect to do so. You acknowledge and agree that you are submitting your Submission voluntarily. You understand that there will be no payment for your submission or the use of your Submission. To the extent that the Terms of Use are not in conflict with these Terms of Submission, the Terms of Use shall apply.

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