Don’t Tell: What Families Hide

Family secrets can have power to hold shame, to breed fear of exposure, of ostracism. They can create unusual bonds and shape the direction of family members’ lives and can span generations. On reflection, some family secrets may appear humourous; others may still yield emotional pain, lingering trauma, and estrangements.   

How do family members describe and consider these secrets? How are these secrets managed and who performs this task?

Submission guidelines:  Stories of secrets in the writer’s family can be of up to 3,500 words. Poetry will also be considered. Deadline for receipt of submissions is April 10, 2021.                                                                                              

Co-Editors: Donna McCart Sharkey and Arleen Pare.  Please send your enquiries and stories to Donna McCart Sharkey at:

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