Tutum Journal is a quarterly digital magazine by and for childless women. Useful as a resource to live through and beyond involuntary childlessness. Our first issue was published on March 18, 2021, and we accept submissions year-round.
Tutum Journal is your guide to navigating life through a collection of narrative essays, interviews, and expert advice that will inspire and nurture your path to to mental wellness and healing. We have a penchant for heartfelt words, and deep-soul care. We believe that stories exist in a specific moment, and that that moment is what makes those stories unique. There’s so much noise out there, bombarding us constantly with an endless stream of information and it becomes harder and harder to hear ourselves think. This is a quiet place for you to sit, read, remember, and reflect.
We believe that words shape us as individuals. Words stay with us as we go through life, and the words we kept sacred yesterday may be different than the words we need today. Whatever you may be experiencing right at this time in your life, there are the right words for it. The right words comfort us in need. They breathe life into our beings. They show us how we feel. And we are here to give them to you.
Jobi Tyson, founder of Tutum Global, is a wellness coach certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a sociocultural anthropologist focused on the impact of women’s reproductive health, female childlessness, and root causes of infertility. She aims to advocate and improve well-being and coping strategies for involuntarily childless women.
Brandi Lytle, founder of Not So Mommy… and creator of the olive green Childless Not By Choice Awareness Ribbon, is a wife, dog mom, aunt, host mom, infertile woman living an imperfectly perfect life. Her hope is to inspire others to accept, embrace, redefine—discovering a Plan B that brings them joy.
Charlie Bishop, director of MRKH Connect, is an advocate of MRKH—a disorder of reproductive development leading to the absence of the uterus, cervix, and the shortening of the vagina. She is a geoscientist with an analytical brain and works as a project manager interpreting satellite imagery.
Submissions are officially open for Tutum Journal’s Issue 7! Fall 2022 Theme focuses on Belonging.
ATTN: Diverse childless female voices and subject matter experts!
We want to hear from women who are childless/childfree not by choice or by circumstance across continents. Does true belonging require you to change who we are or to be who you are? The Belonging Issue is all about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of disenfranchised grief, courage, resiliency, vulnerability, love, sex, shame, acceptance, inclusion, and identity.
Submit your personal stories, poetry, short fiction, and expert advice. 𝙴𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚕 𝚞𝚜 your submission by August 2, 2022.
Please attach your submissions in a Word document in single-spaced (no PDFs unless your poetry 200-500 words has very specific formatting) Word count 500-800 for short and 900-1,500 for feature.
If your submission is selected, you will hear back from us no later than August 12.
OPEN Submissions of expert articles and personal narratives accepted year-round!
This year, each issue of Tutum Journal explores the overarching theme of wellness.
Winter 2022 Theme focuses on Joy: Winter theme, 'joy' is all about opening to the possibility of light-heartedness and delight, even if only for a moment or two. For many, the very thought of feeling anything like joy right now might seem near impossible, but we invite to share how you bask in a favorite activity, savor a moment ordinarily taken for granted, allow yourself to recognize that it’s both okay and even helpful to feel joy – perhaps especially amidst hard times. 𝙴𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚕 𝚞𝚜 your submission by September 27, 2022 to share your personal narrative or expert advice.