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The Day We Left Our Homes

"Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
- Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus, Written on the Statue of Liberty



The Day We Left Our Homes is a project aimed at sharing the stories of refugees across the world and the reasons why they had the leave their homelands. Starting with my own family, I retell and illustrate the epic journey of their escape from South Vietnam in the last days of that tragic war and how they ended up in the United States. My aim is to share these tragic, heartbreaking, and amazing stories from people worldwide that are too often  misunderstood and forgotten.

We welcome submissions of short stories or manuscripts that share how you or someone you know left their original homeland due to war or other tragic circumstances. The story should focus on the last few days they were there and the events that led up to the final day they last saw their homes.  


  • We are only looking for stories of people leaving their original homeland due to war or any other tragic circumstances who now live in a new country. 

  • Everything we publish is unsolicited.

  • We read all submissions thoroughly; this means it will take time to get to all submissions. 

  • We encourage submissions from people of all identities, living anywhere in the world, from all different backgrounds, beliefs, and .

  • We will not consider any story that has already been published elsewhere.

  • We consider only work written in English or translated into English.

  • We have no word limits, though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects our decisions.


  • Please send only one story, one essay and please wait for our reply before sending more. 

  • Please keep the stories as succinct as possible.

  • Please do not submit revisions of work we’ve already considered.

  • Do not email your work. All submissions must be made through this form. 

  • Do not send us your only copy; we cannot accept responsibility for your manuscript.

  • Please do not contact us about your submission until at least one month has passed. 

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