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W/🌍 Borders Newsletter 13

The power you have as a writer and poet.

Amanda Gorman reciting poem at the U.S. presidential Inauguration The New York Times

Words have power. They have the power to heal, to unite and to give us hope. It is exactly what U.S. Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, gave us this past few days. Hope for a future where we strive to move forward inspite of our grievances. A future where we are united in hope for the healing of the world. With everything that we have suffered, we needed to hear the following words.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious
Not because we will never again know defeat
But because we will never again sow division

-Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb

This is the power we have as writers and poets. Anytime you put pen to paper you have the capacity to change someone else’s perspective if not your own. You have the power to heal and there is no better time than now that we are needed as writers. Therefore, we are calling on each one of you to share your stories, poems and experiences with us as we create a collective journal for our next issue of the Without Borders Magazine.

For the next issue of the Without Borders Magazine, we hope to establish that Borders aren’t just physical limitations- they are mental, emotional, and health challenges that affect how we are living our everyday lives especially due to the global pandemic, racial unrest, political, social and economic challenges faced in 2020.

Submission Guidelines and Deadlines

  • We are looking for original and unpublished poems and stories.
  • Poems and stories should clearly capture the idea of being without borders. (Read introduction above)
  • Please send in original pictures or images if possible along with your stories. Ensure you own the rights to the photos.
  • You can submit your story via our publication’s email (withoutborders94@gmail.com) as a PDF or Word document.
  • Submission window opens January 15 and closes February 30th. We will be reviewing the stories immediately as we receive them.
  • Citations should adhere to APA guidelines whenever applicable.
  • Include a two-line bio that includes your name, why you wanted to participate in the Without Borders Magazine issue 002 and any social media links.
  • Maximum word count is 1000 words.
  • To properly anticipate our workload, please let us know early on if you are going to be submitting to us and by when.
  • For any style or grammar concerns, please refer to the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook.
  • If you have any questions or concerns email us through withoutborders94@gmail.com.

Top Recent Stories

Pick a story or poem that speaks to you then read, comment and support our fellow writers

Being Plus Size in KoreaOdessa Denby

“Yes, there are larger people in Korea despite their absence from depictions in the media. What made me stand out, other than my sun-starved translucent skin and demonic blue eyes, was my body shape. In western countries there tends to be more diversity of ethnic background, more variety of looks. Someone’s figure is more than just their weight…”

The Biggest Wave I’ve Ever Seen in My LifeCristinamiceli

“While we were sitting there talking about our beautiful zingarata and how privileged we were to be able to afford such a wonderful journey, we started to see something odd in the sea. A big wave was approaching us. But we were in the Mediterranean sea, where we both grew up. There is no big wave in there! We thought the anomalous wave might…”

Finally Following My PathBlogfessions of a Nomadic Spirit

“I would often have vivid dreams about being in a white room with a lab coat, my hair locked, and a nose piercing at thirteen years old. I could never hear what was said, but I seemed to be quite significant from my demeanour. At that age, I thought that I was meant to be a medical doctor because, at that time, I only knew about doctors wearing lab coats…”

A City Of Strangers and TransienceAlison Marshall

“Long before, our family, Myer, Sarah and some of their children, had left what had then been the Russian Empire, driven out by the pogroms in search of a better life. Three generations back, my family had been Jewish, enduring persecution and discrimination that ultimately led them to emigrate. Nobody had many details. It was long ago and...”

From The Coast To The DesertAnne Bonfert

“Just a few days after the rain we were ready. The car is packed and we’re on the road again. Ready to explore the southern part of Namibia. Places I haven’t been to yet and areas where my partner wasn’t either. Namibia is huge…”

My WorldPriyanka Srivastava

Forgive me if you feel I flaunt books.
Pardon me if you feel I talk about cities where I was once.
I like to write about those memories which have become pixie dust.

How to Research Before RelocatingLevi Borba

“During the time I lived and worked in Doha, the capital of Qatar, most of the company staff were foreigners. It was just a reflection of the country’s demographic, largely made of immigrants. Curiously, however, there were almost no other Brazilians like me, except…”

Meet Our Writers and Editors Series On Instagram

We want to shine a light on the amazing writers and editors who were bold and willing to share their experiences for our inaugural Issue of the Without Borders Magazine. We can’t thank you enough for your amazing work! The magazine can be purchased through the following links!

With that said let’s meet one of our writers — Timothy Musoke.


Timothy Musoke is an aspiring writer and storyteller, who is passionate about telling stories regarding topics such as immigration and personal growth. Originally from Uganda, Timothy moved to Boston, Massachusetts to complete his B.Sc in Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He currently works in the field of biological research.

Timothy believes that personal experiences and stories frame our thinking of the world, and he was interested in contributing to the First Issue of the Without Borders magazine as a way of sharing these unique experiences with others. As an immigrant in America, he also believes that the stories told by Without Borders amplify the diverse voices of the publication’s contributors.

A final note

Let’s welcome new writers — C. Harkreader and Sophie Jones✨✨✨✨As always we thank you for your active participation and contribution. Support your fellow writes by reading, sharing, and commenting on their work.

Our stories, poems and experiences are without borders!


Florence Wanjiku



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