(updated Sept. 30, 2013)
Balaustine is a forthcoming anthology of writing about wanting family. We are looking for poems, short stories, and essays around the topics of wanting children, being unable to have children, miscarriage and loss, infertility, adoption, and other ‘alternative’ families.
Above all we are looking for honesty, beautiful writing, and great stories.
Sorry, the submission deadline for the anthology has passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their essays, stories and poems. We are overwhelmed with the number and quality of submissions and are reading through every piece carefully before making a final decision.
However, we are always looking for guest bloggers. Please submit your piece or a general inquiry with your idea for a post along with your name and e-mail address to email@example.com with the subject header: Blog Submission (note: submissions with attachments will not be read)
You may include a short author’s bio along with your submission.
If at First You Don’t Conceive, Try, Try Again* by Kaitlin Solimine
*This essay first appeared at The Hairpin in September 2012.
There’s a myth promulgated by high school Sex Ed classes nationwide: having sex gets you pregnant. Sure, some women seem to grow a bump merely by caressing a virile man. But not me, and not millions like me (officially, the CDC reports nearly 11 percent of all Americans suffer “impaired fecundity” — a nicer way of putting it). And while my thirty-something-year-old friends believe the recession fostered a baby boom, anecdotal evidence of baby strollers crowding Park Slope does not a trend make — The Atlantic reports that births in the U.S. fell to a 12-year low in 2011. Continue reading
Back in April, we posted about male infertility. This weekend, a friend who also struggled with infertility emailed me that The Washington Post recently featured a special section on infertility, and she included a link to an article about male infertility: “Not pregnant: Sometimes it’s the man by Laura Hambleton.”
As much as doctors and scientists now understand about the causes of male infertility, in as many as 50 to 60 percent of cases there is no obvious explanation… – Dr. Juddson Chason
I also recently read in a separate comment feed about a woman whose husband was diagnosed with azoospermia, but after 5 years of cleaning up his diet and focusing on his health, they were able to conceive. It makes me wonder about similar success stories and how conception was finally achieved. I’m still hopeful.
We’re overjoyed by the submissions we’ve received for Balaustine, and we’re grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received regarding our project. We’d like to thank everyone who’s submitted their writing for consideration, and those who’ve sent words of encouragement along the way.
We’ve received more submissions than we could’ve dreamed of, and while this is a great thing, there’s only two of us reading all of this work. We can assure you that we’re reading each piece that’s been submitted and giving equal consideration to all. Because of this, it’s taking a little longer than we’d like to reply to submissions, so we hope that you’ll be patient with us through this.
We hope to have an update for you soon.
Thanks again for your support, Nora and Andrea