PSYMPOSIA STORIESShare your story
PSYMPOSIA STORIESShare your story live or online
“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser.
“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space, everything else is opinion.” – Democritus
What is Psymposia Stories?
Everyone is welcome. We always strive to prioritize diverse storytellers in-person and online because we know diversity brings power to learning, understanding, and opens our minds to different ways of being.
We’re create platforms and encourage people to share stories that often go unheard. In Psymposia Magazine and at our live storytelling events (and in everything we do) we encourage an optimistic-rebellious attitude and stretch the medium of opinions, stories, and ideas by highlighting all kinds of people including women, people of color, parents, elders, law enforcement, entrepreneurs, and people of different professions.
We focus mostly on drugs: psychedelics, the war on drugs, positive uses, healing, experimentation, exploring the mind, dangers of psychosis, encounters with police, drug abuse and addiction, medical use, recreational use, scientific and underground research, activism, sex, peak experiences, or other often taboo topics. We present honest and well-balanced stories, and we talk about the good, the bad, and the in between.
We think an experience that’s psychedelic can be independent of drugs. So, had a psychedelic experience without drugs? Have you climbed Mt. Everest? Had a near-death experience? Been in a shark cage and the bars broke? Tell us.
Please read our guidelines and tips before submitting.
We're looking for powerful stories
…of deep personal meaning. The story only you can tell that fundamentally shaped your life, or left you with a profound or novel insight.
Show. Don't tell.
Convey your experience to the audience through your words and actions. This isn’t a classroom seminar! Be visual, think sensory details, show your feelings, omit the obvious, use metaphors. Be quiet, be loud, get high, go low. Take us there.
OK, you can tell a little bit to move things along and fill in the gaps, but keep it minimal.
You have complete freedom of your story. Sometimes we have a theme and sometimes we don’t, but generally stories can be funny, sad, terrifying, sexual, high, low, transformative, shocking, or all of the above. We encourage them all. You never know, your story may just contain the jewel someone in the audience simply needs to hear.
How is your story unique?
How is your story one of a kind? What did you learn? How did you come away changed? How did you integrate the experience into your life? What were the consequences?
Your story is the map.
Your plot is the path. Take the audience down any path of your choosing. All of our combined plots lead to you reading these words right now. Which plot will you choose to share?
But don't wander too far off the path.
We love open mics. BUT, the audience falls asleep and we cringe when storytellers go on and on and off the path and open a door and walk down the street and take a right and take a left and forget where you are. Phew! Eyes wander, heads nod, attention spans snap, and phones come out of pockets. Keep your story as short as it needs to be and no shorter. Stay on target and stay on the path!
What shape is your story?
Stories come in all shapes and size. The shape of history only makes sense when viewed in reverse. So what’s the shape of your story sideways or in reverse? Our favorite story was 10 seconds long.
Just remember, all stories have...
…a beginning, middle & end
But you can begin anywhere. Paint the stage with your set and setting. Find the story’s tension and its turning point. Why are you doing what you’re doing?
Build it up. Take us down the rabbit hole. Finally, how does the story resolve itself?
And do you have a mic-drop line to leave them on a dime?
Put the audience in your shoes.
Your set’s your mental state at the time – your mood, thoughts and emotions. Make physical your inner landscape and let us ride its fluctuations.
What was your physical and social environment? Concrete nouns & colorful adjectives. Stimulate the listener or reader by painting the scenery and composing the characters.
How did they sound? What were you wearing? What images pop out of your mind’s eye when you recall that day? Think of the senses & take us there.