Speak Your Piece

Shoresides accepts opinion essays for our “Speak Your Piece” segment on any topic for both the online print and podcast series. Pieces typically run from 400 to 1,200 words or 3-4 minutes. Drafts of any length will be considered.  We will arrange recording for audio editions.

Please share one sentence at the top of your submission who tells us who you are. Also, be sure to include annotations for all assertions and attributions made in your essay. All submissions must be original, exclusive to Shoresides.  Contact us at shoresides@workingnarratives.org


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Felony Voter Disenfranchisement

“We are all We The People. When you tell me that I can’t participate in an election, you telling me I’m not a part of We The People…that makes...

The Importance Of Latinx Voters

“We are contributors, tax payers. We are entrepreneurs. We are business owners. We have mixed families. We are American…To me, it is important that I define who I am...

Racial Equity & Election Priorities from Payal Shah

Payal Shah is a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student from Marshallberg, NC – a predominantly white and conservative town of 400 in Down East, North Carolina. ...

Oysters & The Ballot Box

What does an oyster farmer think about when he heads into the voting booth? Kyle Frey, owner of Crystal Coast Oysters, speaks to how he’d like to see elected...

On Ocracoke, A Back Porch Op Ed

Daphne Bennick has been living on Ocracoke island for the past 35 years. And she’s run Back Porch restaurant there for the past 21. Bennick she speaks to what...

Young Activist Speaks Up About Racism and Social Justice Issues

Shecoria Smith, 15, reads an essay she composed about her journey to becoming a young activist. She discusses recent events in the U.S. and her community in coastal North...

Medicaid during COVID-19

Jeff Mills, volunteer and Medicaid Ambassador with the North Carolina AIDS Action Network (NCAAN), reads an essay he composed with Lee Storrow, the Director NCAAN. Mills and Storrow note...

Student Speaks on Reimagining Schools during Remote Learning

“Schools here have a lot of togetherness.” Jaileea Knight is an eighth grader in Tarboro, NC. The small town is home to a large reimagining public schools effort. From...

What Divided Us Brought Us Together

Julia Narvaez didn’t feel tied to her hometown, Wilmington, North Carolina. Instead, she felt disdain for the social and economic inequities in her community. But when Hurricane Florence hit,...