The mission of the Awakenings is to Make Visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence.

Awakenings is home to a multi-media art gallery featuring the artistic expressions of rape and sexual abuse survivors. By showcasing stories of survival, we are helping survivors find peace while simultaneously challenging the cultural taboos that prevent an honest discussion of sexual violence.
We shine a light on the truth. We don’t mince words. We are up front and dead center about the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in our culture. We are here to tell the truth and share the stories of the survivors brave enough to tell them.
If you are an artist, writer, musician, or any other type of creative truth-teller, you can submit examples of your work online for inclusion in our exhibits, our magazine, and our events.

Please note: The Nightingale is currently closed for submissions. We plan to reopen for submissions in an ongoing basis in the future. Thanks for your interest and please check out our other calls in the meantime!

Awakened Voices seeks writers and artists for our upcoming issue!

About Awakenings

The mission of Awakenings is to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Awakenings is home to a multi-media art gallery that features the artistic expressions of sexual abuse and rape survivors. We aim to help survivors find peace and healing in showcasing their stories of survival while challenging cultural taboos that prevent honest discussions of sexual violence. Take a look at www.awakeningsart.org for more information about Awakenings and what we are doing!

About Awakened Voices

Awakened Voices is the literary branch of Awakenings. Issues are published twice a year, with the most recent issue published in the Spring of 2021.

Issue 13 will publish in December 2021.

Awakened Voices is published electronically with free pdf copies of the issue available to all on our website www.awakeningsart.org.

About this submission call

The theme is The Body Speaks. All submissions must relate to this issue’s theme.

We are especially encouraging submissions of flash fiction, fiction, vignette, and graphic/visual work.

All work must be submitted by July 31th to be considered for Issue 13.


Limit your submission to up to 1,750 words, double-spaced in12-point font. Send up to 3 poems or 3 visual art pieces or 2 prose pieces in a DOC, DOCX, jpeg or PDF file. Please DO NOT include your name, location, or contact information in the uploaded file.

  • All work must be on the topic of sexual abuse and survival. We consider sexual harassment to be a part of this topic.
  • We prioritize submissions from survivors, secondary/indirect survivors, counselors, and educators of sexual abuse.
  • We accept profanity.
  • We accept excerpts.
  • We may ask you to consider revisions for typos, clarity, and grammar.
  • We encourage a short author biography.
  • We accept submissions of both unpublished and previously published works. Please note if the piece has already been published.
  • We can offer $12 per published piece at this time, and we will promote your work.
  • If you have any requests regarding formatting or layout, please include them in the comments field.
  • We aim to read and respond to your piece within 5 months.

The Theme of This Issue Is “The Body Speaks”

The body is a physical, psychological, and metaphorical extension of self. How we see, experience, and feel about our bodies is shaped by the experiences that shape our lives.

We are looking to showcase work that explores how the body expresses itself and speaks about trauma, its consequences, and recovery. How does the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual body respond to trauma? How does sexual abuse trauma interact with body image, sexuality, identity dissociation or reclamation? What else does the body interact with after trauma?

Show us through fiction, creative nonfiction, comics, visual art, or poetry (or a mix of genres!).

We tend to lean in for works that include reflecting, reclaiming, reimagining, or in some way processing and/or coping with trauma. In other words, we tend to lean away from pieces that simply place the reader in the immediacy of violence or danger.

We acknowledge healing looks different for everyone. A piece does not need to be hopeful or uplifting. We do ask you to revise with the audience in mind before submitting so it has the best impact for a world we wish to continue engaging with as fellow survivors, allies, and advocates.

Read a recent interview about Awakened Voices with Trish Hopkinson here: https://trishhopkinson.com/2020/12/31/paying-no-fee-submission-call-editor-interview-awakened-voices-deadline-jan-31-2021/