Call for Submissions

Out of the Darkness: Freeing the Betrayed Heart


Out of the Darkness: Freeing the Betrayed Heart is a project that grew out of a conversation between a few women one afternoon in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. What came to the forefront was realization of the terrible burden of silence that survivors of abuse carry through their lives. The silence that forbids us to speak out against violations to our bodies. We know that healing can come from telling our stories and we agreed that it is time for all of us to step out from the darkness of silence and into the light of truth. Because abuse often happens within the family circle, victims rarely tell anyone what is happening to them. They are twice betrayed. Betrayed by the abuse and assaults on their bodies, and betrayed by a culture that chooses to 'not know’ and to ‘not see.’ The resulting shame, anger and pain lasts a lifetime and ripples outward to affect every aspect of our lives.


We are looking for stories from people – both men and women – who have a history of sexual abuse and who wish to join with us in the healing process of telling our stories. You may use your own name or a pseudonym. Writers do not need to be professionals, as we have editors who will help you tell your story in a way that fits within our guidelines. Our editors and writers are professionals with many years of experience. By submitting your manuscript you are agreeing to the editorial process and the decisions of the ODJ editors as well as publication of your manuscript in the journal “Out of the Darkness: Freeing the Betrayed Heart.”


We accept poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Submissions may be up to 4000 words, and may have been previously published. Submissions should be in Word format, double-spaced, and must include the writer’s actual name, a short bio, and a contact email address. If you are using a pseudonym, please let us know and include your real name as well. Incomplete submissions will not be considered


The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016. Send submissions to me, Edythe Anstey Hanen, at I look forward to receiving your stories and getting to know you as we work together as light bearers. 






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