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Call for Submissions: The Doula Support Foundation’s Birth Story Contest

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:24 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

Deadline: August 1, 2020

The Doula Support Foundation’s Birth Story Contest was established in 2019, in Kingston, Ontario. The intention of this contest is to get inspiring birth stories that help to cultivate a positive and supportive birth culture in our communities. It is a writing contest because well written stories have the ability to make us feel and understand deep emotions like no other medium.

We are welcoming many different voices and perspectives which are representative of the population of Canada. We want to be able to share all kinds of births, in different settings with different health care providers and support teams in different eras.

A jury will choose a first, second and third place winners as well as 15 honorable mention winners.

Prizes and publication

The first-place winner will receive:

  • $300 and a paper copy of the book

and will be published on the DSF website and in a book in digital and paper format.

The second-place winners will receive:

  • $100 and a paper copy of the book

and will be published on the DSF website and in a book in digital and paper format.

The third-place winners will receive:

  • $50 and a paper copy of the book

and will be published on the DSF website and in a book in digital and paper format, a Canadian anthology of birth stories.

The 15 honorable mention stories will be published on the DSF website and in a book in electronic and paper format.

All winners will be invited to participate in a Birth Sharing Circle in September.

Jury

The jury for the 2020 Doula Support Foundation’s Birth Story Contest 2020 consists of

Dr. Michael Klein: Dr. Klein is the author of Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo. His early experiences working with midwives in Ethiopia were formative, leading him to question many standard but unjustified procedures in Western maternity health care. He has dedicated his life to family medicine.

Ying S. Lee: Mrs. Lee is a Kingstonian’s author of The Agency: A Spy in the House. This won the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s inaugural John Spray Mystery Award in 2011. This is a quartet series. Mrs. Lee keeps warm memories of her doula at her birth.

Leanne Lieberman: Leanne Lieberman also lives in Kingston and she is the author of five books for young adults. Her most recent book is The Most Dangerous Thing (Orca Books 2017) about a teenage girl struggling with anxiety and depression. Leanne’s adult fiction has been published in many Canadian journalsShe is currently working on a novel called Unsettled.

Sarah Chisholm: Sarah is a midwife of the Kingston Community Midwives. She takes time to participate at this event while she is on parental leave. She first started has a doula, which prompted her to become a midwife.

Eligibility

  • Original, unpublished stories up to 2,000 words in the English language
  • All those residing in Canada (irrespective of visa status), novice or experienced writers, who have an empowering birth story to tell.

How to Submit

Read the guidelines here and submit the story at dsfbirthstory@gmail.com.


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