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PFN – Passager Journal Seeks Submissions on the Theme of “Ancestral or Generational Trauma”

September 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Writers must be age 50 or older at the time of publication to submit.
Publication: January/February, Guest Editor: Christine Lincoln
Accepted genres: poetry, memoir, short fiction
Up to 5 poems, 40-line max ea. OR 4,000 words of prose
No reading fee

About the theme: Ancestral or Generational Trauma

We hear the words ancestral trauma and we might immediately think of childhood sexual or physical abuse, or the dissolution of our parents’ marriage, or the discovery some awful family secret. Secrets and generational trauma often go hand in hand.

But there are other less obvious ways we can and, most likely, have experienced ancestral trauma. Generational trauma can be something as seemingly insignificant as being raised to fear people who live in the inner city, or something as quietly insidious as growing up poor, or it could be something as prevalent as bearing witness in a family that did not treat its women with the highest regard.

The truth is only you, the writer, the artist, can decide the kinds of trauma that have been passed down as easily as mother’s milk, the limiting beliefs and damaging ideas handed down as succinctly as family myths and bedtime stories—the legacy of pain that has been perpetuated by our ancestors, because they could not do any better, but also the generational trauma we have inadvertently continued, because of our inability—until now—to look straight into the shadows where these things hide, to heal, and transcend, create a new legacy.

Writers must be age 50 or older at the time of publication to submit.

You can send paper submissions by postal mail or submit online via Submittable.


September 15
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Passager Journal


Passager Books