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Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, author of The Polyamorists Next Door, is working on a book called “Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families.” This book will be an anthology of stories from and about poly-folk. She is seeking submissions for stories, pictures, poems and essays. Submissions deadline is October 15th. Submissions (and any questions) can be mailed to drelisheff@gmail.com (Yes, submissions can be anonymous)

Here are the details:

Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families

Edited by Elisabeth Sheff

Are you a member of a poly family and willing to share your story (anonymously) with the world? Consider writing a brief entry for the upcoming book Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families. Submissions can:

  • Range in length from a few sentences to 10 pages long, depending on the age of the submitters, the format they select, and how much they have to say.
  • Take the form of essays, short stories, poetry, drawings, and photographs, or whatever else you create that can be depicted in a two dimensional format.
  • Use pseudonyms or real names, be as anonymous or out as you wish.
  • Come from anyone who identifies as a member of a polyamorous family composed of all adults, adults and kids, or some other mix of folks who identify as family.

To submit a contribution to Stories from the Polycule, please email them to drelisheff@gmail.com by October 15, 2014.

Topics you might consider include (but are not limited to):

Small Children

  • Draw a picture of your family
  • What is the best thing about being in your family?
  • What is the worst thing about being in your family?
  • What do you think about your family? The adults in your life/your parents’ partners?
  • Any cute stories or quotes the adults in your life remember you saying about your family?

Older Kids and Teenagers (all of the above, plus:)

  • Do you tell your friends, kids at school, teachers, or other adults about being in a poly family? Why or why not?
  • What do you think about your parents’ partners?
  • Can you talk to your extended family members (like grandparents and aunts or uncles) about being in a poly family? If yes, how does it go? If no, why not?
  • Do you think you will have polyamorous relationships when you grow up? Why or why not?
  • If you have tried dating at this point, how did it go? Was it monogamous, poly, or something else?
  • Are you happy your family is poly, or do you wish they were monogamous (or something else)?
  • Some people think polyamory is bad for kids. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
  • How did you find out that you lived in a poly family, and how did you feel when you first found out? How do you feel now? Why?

Adults

  • What relationship do you have with the children in your life?
  • How do you think polyamory has affected your family?
  • How did your family get together (ie. How did you get started in polyamory, what is your family like now, and how did it get that way)?
  • What are the best things about your poly family? The worst?
  • What is one of the best things that have happened to your family? The worst?
  • Some people think polyamory is bad for kids. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
  • Have you experienced any discrimination because of your status as a member of a polyamorous family? What happened, and how did you deal with it?
  • Why have you split up with partners in the past, and how did it go? Why do you have the partners you do now?
  • Do you have any advice on how to do polyamory “right” or pitfalls to avoid? Ways to do poly “wrong?”
  • Did you come out as poly to your kids? Family of origin? Friends? At work? Why or why not?
  • If you are not the biological parent of a child (something Sociologists call a social parent) in a poly family, but have a close relationship with that child – how does it go? What does the child call you? What do you do together? How are you treated in public? By other family members?

Elders (all of the questions above plus:)

  • Do your adult children know you are poly? If yes, how do they react? If no, why not? How do you keep it hidden?
  • Please describe your poly family and how it came to be.
  • What are the benefits of being poly now? When you were younger?
  • What are the disadvantages of being poly now? When you were younger?
  • Looking back, what do know now about polyamorous family life that you wish you had known when you were younger?

 

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