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We have extended the deadline for submissions to Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families to January 15, 2015.

Edited by Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, author of The Polyamorists Next Door (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), Stories from the Polycule is an anthology of work from polyamorous people.

Are you a member of a poly family–of any configuration that you identify as “family”–and willing to share your story with the world? Consider writing a brief entry. Your submission may be published anonymously, under a pseudonym or under your real name. We will pay $25 for each accepted contribution, and you will keep copyright to your work. Although we prefer original works, we will consider previously published works (including from blogs), provided you own the rights to them.

Submissions are due by January 15, 2015.

Submissions can:

  • Range in length from a few sentences to 3,000 words pages long, depending on your age, the format you select, and how much you have to say.
  • Take the form of essays, short stories, poetry, drawings, 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. Your family need not be live-in or meet the conventional definition of “family.”

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


  • If there are children in your life, what relationship do you have with them?
  • How do you think polyamory has affected your family?
  • What are the best things about your poly family? The worst?
  • What is one of the best things that has 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 in a poly family, but have a close relationship with that child(something sociologists call a social parent) – how does it work? 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, if any, 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?

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?

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?

To submit a contribution to Stories from the Polycule, please email them to by January 15, 2015.


Production of Stories from the Polycule, along with the rest of Thorntree Press’ 2015 titles, is being funded by an Indiegogo campaign that runs until December 15, 2014. Please support us!