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Call for submissions – Personal Stories of Depression and Healing

Job details

Tautoko Publishing
9 Aug 2020
Work type
Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Literature & Publishing


Tautoko Publishing is a new Aotearoa/New Zealand based publishing house who believe that everyone is on a journey and that everyone has a story to tell.


As part of their ‘Stories’ series, they are seeking personal stories from New Zealanders/Tangata Whenua who have suffered with depression. The hope of this project is to capture the experiences of those who have lived with depression and of those who have found a way out of the darkness. The aim is to publish these stories so that others may read them and know they are not alone.

You do not need to be an expert or established writer as editing services will be offered. What we are looking for is your voice, your experience, your story. No matter your cultural identity, gender, sexuality, religion – we kindly invite you to submit. Please note, you must be over 18 years of age to apply.

Your written account must be between 1000 to 2000 words and written in the first person. While emotive language is great, try to include examples or situations of how depression affected you. We are looking for how you experienced the highs, the lows, the sad times, the manic times, and if so, how you came out of depression and are living today.

Questions that could help you start might be:

  • When did you start experiencing depression?
  • How did you know?
  • What did you do when you were at your lowest?
  • How would you describe that?
  • What helped you get through the tough times?

Deadline for submission: Sunday 9 August 2020

Please note that due to the amount of submissions, it will not be possible to select all written pieces. For those that are selected, notification via email will be sent to you by end of November 2020.

Remember, you are not alone and help is available for you with the following services:
Lifeline: 0800 Lifeline
Depression and Anxiety Helpline: 0800 111 757 or free text 4202

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe / Thank you.

How to apply

Please send your name, contact email address and submission in Word Doc format to
Subject: Submission – Tautoko Stories – Depression & Healing

All submissions will be treated with respect.

Written by

Tautoko Publishing

5 Jun 2020