“SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

MAMF Special Projects Writer Caroline LeBlanc is seeking stories for:

SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

This anthology seeks first-hand experiences—good, bad, and in between—as an LGBT veteran or family member, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that will allow you to tell parts of your story that will also be helpful for others to read—others who live or want to understand the LGBT veteran experience. The last chapter of the book will list resources available to LGBT veterans.

Do not submit any materials previously published in print or online. Identifying information should be included in the body of the email only.

What Genres to Submit:

Fiction: up to 1200 words.

Non-Fiction (memoir, essays, and other non-fiction): up to 1200 words

Poetry: up to 40 lines.

Reviews: up to 1200 words about a movie, book, music, etc. that you think are important for others to know about.

Resources: submit information on resources you have found particularly helpful. (Name, webpage, telephone number, and services)

 You may submit up to 2 pieces in each genre. Each piece must be attached in a separate file. All pieces in a given category must be submitted in the same email. Pieces in separate categories must be submitted in separate emails.

Submissions are accepted between March 20 and June 20, 2016. For more information or for guidelines on how to submit, please visit:

our projects website





Sherman Crater, 1st Co. ROTC Military Branch Chattanooga, Tenn , Feb 22, 1918

Dear Bertha

Your letter came yesterday. And since this is holiday, I will send a word to you.

We have been having very fine weather for weeks except about one day’s rain each week- or more. However we do not expose ourselves to any great extent. Our work to has been going nicely so far as I can tell, I am holding my own with these fellows who have been in the army for several years. I do not know my exact standing, but I feel safe to an extent. We had two-three examinations this week, and I am I rank among the best in this company. Isn’t that bragging. One of the exams was to determine if we are crazy or not. Have not heard from this one yet, but I guess I am best in that. Now it is “C”. They asked us every sort of question possible, and gave us only a few minutes to answer them.

We have been digging trenches occasionally for some time now. We have a pretty nice set of trenches started, but I do not have any idea when we will spend any time in there. Each day brings its tasks, and each day finds us ready and willing to go about it. That is one thing-the first-that a solider must learn-obey.

Did I send you any of the Kodak pictures? You asked me about them, but I have forgotten if I had sent them. I have just sent off some of the films to be developed. I brought my Kodak with me but I have so little time to spare that I have made no pictures, and Sundays have been too cloudy

When will you get home? Our camp (?) has been prolonged two weeks so it will be April 19th before we leave here.

I hope you are getting along nicely. I am also fat– weigh 158


Lovingly, Sherman


Had a letter from Parks(?) he is okay.