Submit to the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle

All around the world, young Indigenous people like you are taking the lead in showing ways to live respectfully on Earth. Your languages, your cultures, and your homelands bear the wisdom of generations of ancestors and of your community now — and they have helped make you who you are today. Your people’s wisdom and your own personal experiences are priceless gifts full of much-needed inspiration for the rest of the world. .

We at Terralingua — the world’s leading nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and protecting biocultural diversity — believe that a great way to share these gifts is through personal stories of how young Indigenous people are connecting with their ancestral languages, cultural traditions, and land-based knowledge and practices. That is why we have created the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle, a global online gathering of those stories — and we invite you to be a part of it!

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The Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle is an ongoing Terralingua project that aims to collect and publish personal stories from young Indigenous people who are involved in one of more of the following four Focus Areas:

  1. reaffirming cultural identity
  2. breathing new life into their ancestral languages
  3. reconnecting with traditional knowledge and practices, values, and ways of life
  4. reclaiming ancestral links with the land

If you’re a young Indigenous person who would like to share your experiences connecting to your ancestral languages, cultures, and lands, we want to hear from you! Fill out the Expression of Interest form below to let us know you’re interested.

Your stories will be published online and also have a chance to be included in upcoming issues of Langscape Magazine—either way, your story will reach an international audience! Read stories from 2019’s Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle.

Alternatively, you can contribute to either our blog or the next issue of Langscape Magazine, if your topic fits with the theme. Visit our Submissions page to learn more.

Here’s How to Submit Your Story to the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle!


  1. Read some of the Indigenous youth stories we’ve already published.
  2. Read below about the formats your contribution can take.
  3. Fill out the form. (Some stories may be created by several youths; in that case, choose one person to fill out the form.)
  4. We’ll send you instructions about how to send us your story, depending on its format.
    • Writing (essay, poem, short fiction, song lyrics, a podcast script, etc.; up to 2,000 words)
    • Photography (photo essay with up to 10-15 photos that, together, tell a story, each with a descriptive caption)
    • Video, including animation  (up to 10 minutes long)
    • Audio recording, spoken story (up to 10 minutes long)
    • Audio recording, music (original songs or other music; up to 10 minutes long)
    • Digital representations of painting, drawing, cartoons, or other visual art
    • Multimedia: a complementary combination of formats

We’ll review your submission to make sure it addresses the goals of the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle. If it does, it will be accepted. As simple as that!

What’s most important is that your contribution be personal and genuine; it does not have to be “perfect” or look like it was done by a professional with lots of experience. We want people who read, look at, or listen to your story to get a strong sense of you as a young Indigenous person.

All accepted Indigenous Youth Stories will be published on our web pages. In addition, a selection of stories may be published in Langscape Magazine. Stories selected for Langscape will appear in both the digital and print editions of the magazine.

Indigenous Youth Stories will be published in English, but can also be submitted in French or Spanish — we’ll translate them into English.

We’ll review stories and publish them online on an ongoing basis throughout the year. But for a chance to have your story selected for publication in Langscape Magazine, please send it by July 29 for the Summer/Winter 2020 issue.

Our Expression of Interest form will be back when we have a new Call for Submissions. Sign up for our e-news below to get our next call.

We look forward to hearing from you!

This project has the generous support of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, LUSH Charity Pot, the Lawson Foundation, and the Swift Foundation.