About:
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.
Submissions:
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.




About
Awakened Voices is an online literary magazine published by Awakenings.  This is a safe space for any individual who wants to share thoughts or experiences regarding sexual violence.
The Awakened Voices Serialization is a new feature as of 2018, as a response to the feedback from our community of survivors, allies, and advocates to expand our literary offerings in a bigger way...and to that end...by being able to submit writing that is longer.


Before submitting, please read our criteria and guidelines. 


Please note that we will try to respond to every submission, however, the timeline of our responses may vary due to the workload of our readers and editorial team.


Guidelines
We’re looking for writing that contributes to the Awakenings mission and seeks to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Share your own story, or share thoughts and ideas related to the topic.
 

We accept previously published and unpublished work, and all Awakenings writers maintain the rights to their work. We are accepting submissions from anyone who wishes to participate, whether or not they themselves identify as a survivor.

Please note that we reserve the right to edit our writers’ work for typos, clarity, and grammar.

The work should be a a series, vilanelle or a book-length, or otherwise longer length of writing that would normally not be able to be published online due to length restrictions.

Criteria
 

  • Writing must be on the topic of sexual violence. We include harassment under our definition of sexual violence.
  • Writers who identify as survivors of sexual violence are strongly encouraged to submit work.
  • Writers who do not identify as survivors of sexual violence may submit work; however, we do reserve the right to decline your submission if it does not comply with our mission as a literary magazine dedicated to healing from sexual violence.
  •  We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know as soon as possible if the submission has been accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept profanity.
  • We encourage a short author biography. 
  • We cannot pay our writers at this time, but we will be strong advocates for your work.
  • We reserve the right to make edits for typos, clarity, and grammar corrections. 
  • If you have any requests regarding formatting or layout please include them in the comments field.
  • We accept submissions of both unpublished and previously published works.  
  • Rights remain with the writer. We just ask that you cite Awakened Voices in the future.

 


Questions about the submission process or guidelines? Contact Magazine@awakeningsart.org

About

Awakened Voices is an online literary magazine published by Awakenings.  This is a safe space for any individual who wants to share thoughts or experiences regarding sexual violence. 

The Awakened Voices Blog, The Nightingale, is a new feature, launching in Fall 2018, as a response to the feedback from our community of survivors, allies, and advocates to expand our literary capacity.

Before submitting, please read our criteria and guidelines. 

Please note that we will try to respond to every submission, however, the timeline of our responses may vary due to the workload of our readers and editorial team.


Guidelines

All posts should be between 500 and 1,000 words. We’re looking for writing that contributes to the Awakenings mission and seeks to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Share your own story, or share thoughts and ideas related to the topic.

We accept previously published and unpublished work, and all Awakenings writers maintain the rights to their work. We are accepting submissions from anyone who wishes to participate, whether or not they themselves identify as a survivor.

Please note that we reserve the right to edit our writers’ work for typos, clarity, and grammar. Comments may appear on published blog posts, but Awakenings will approve any comments before they are published.


We are NOT accepting poetry in the blog. Please look for the Awakened Voices magazine issue call (open twice a year) where you can submit poetry (and other forms).


Criteria

  • Writing must be on the topic of sexual violence. We include harassment under our definition of sexual violence.
  • Writers who identify as survivors of sexual violence are strongly encouraged to submit work.
  • Writers who do not identify as survivors of sexual violence may submit work; however, we do reserve the right to decline your submission if it does not comply with our mission as a literary magazine dedicated to healing from sexual violence.
  •  We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know as soon as possible if the submission has been accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept profanity.
  • We encourage a short author biography. 
  • We cannot pay our writers at this time, but we will be strong advocates for your work.
  • We reserve the right to make edits for typos, clarity, and grammar corrections. 
  • If you have any requests regarding formatting or layout please include them in the comments field.
  • We accept submissions of both unpublished and previously published works.  


Categories

Fiction: 

This includes anything from flash fiction to longer fiction (so long as it is no longer than 1,000 words.)

We are looking to expand the number of pieces we currently publish in our literary magazine, so examples of the type of prose we’re looking for can be found in past issues of Awakened Voices.

Non-fiction: 

A memoir account of your own experience. Tell us your story of life as a survivor, or tell us about an experience related to the topic of sexual violence.

We are looking to expand the number of pieces we currently publish in our literary magazine, so examples of the type of prose we’re looking for can be found in past issues of Awakened Voices.

Essay: 

Write on current events, suggest a call to action, and share your perspective.

Example titles and topics for essay submissions include:

Why You Need to Vote this November

Ways to Make Your Community Safer for Survivors

Reviews: 

Offer a discussion of a piece of media (like a book, film, album, or play) that connects to the narrative of survivors of sexual violence.

Example titles and topics for review submissions include:

How This Film Helped Me View Myself as a Survivor

This Book is Problematic -- Here’s How We Can Do Better

Resources:

This can include recommendations of programs, methods of self-care, and advice for healing.

Example titles and topics for resource submissions include:

Why I Recommend This Healing Program

How to Navigate Daily Life as a Survivor


Questions about the submission process or guidelines? Contact Magazine@awakeningsart.org

Awakenings seeks Musicians or Sound-Based Multimedia Artists 

for an evening of performance.


Concert Performance

4001 N. Ravenswood Ave, Suite 204-C, Chicago, IL 60613

May 17th, 2019

Evening


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. Please take a look at our website www.awakeningsart.org for more about us and what we are doing!

Songs of Survival is a concert series featuring originally composed or re-envisioned music and dance by, for, or about survivors. 

What we are looking for and what to expect

We are looking for performers of music - whatever this means to you - to perform one to a few pieces at the Songs of Survival evening concert on May 17, 2019

Dancers and spoken word performers are welcome to apply but must keep in mind this is a sound focused night! 

We can offer a small stipend of $50 for the performance and are unable to help with travel or accommodation expenses.  

There will be a rehearsal/sound check on the day of the performance. A PA system will be provided.  

Performers are also welcome to bring their own equipment or instruments.

What gear or support (audio, visual, logistical, techincal) support might you need? 

We are looking for survivors of sexual violence and friends, family, and loved ones of survivors. 

We are asking for performers to be 18 years or older. 

Please address submissions to Curator and Producer Cassandra through Submittable. 

Please fill out the application questions and send resume and/or link to samples of your work.  

If you do not have samples of your work, you may still apply. 

After the submission deadline on February 15, our curator and producer, Cassandra, will review and ask for a phone call or video submission for the last week in February.

Awakened Voices seeks writers for our upcoming issue!


About Awakenings
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. Please take a look at our website www.awakeningsart.org for more about us and what we are doing!

About Awakened Voices

Awakened Voices is the literary branch of Awakenings. Issues are published twice a year, The Nightingale publishes every other week, and serialization projects are released with new episodes every other month. 

Guidelines for this submission call

We accept writing of all genres, but for this issue we are especially excited about encouraging submissions of: flash fiction, fiction, vignette, and graphic novel. 

The theme for our Spring 2019 issue will be:  

Those Who Help 

Tell us what helping a survivor looks like. Show us in a story, in a character, in an homage, what does help look like? Can others give help? Can you receive help that is offered to you? What do you wish had been your story or the story of someone you love? Have you failed in trying to help someone? Has someone helped you learn about advocacy and being a good ally? Show us. 

Submissions responding to the theme are encouraged, but not required.
 

Criteria

  • Writing must be on the topic of sexual violence.
  • Writers who identify as survivors of sexual violence are strongly encouraged to submit work.

Guidelines

  • We prioritize submissions from survivors, secondary survivors, counselors, and educators of sexual violence.
  • You may submit writing that does not have to do with the current theme.  
  • We accept any type of writing.
  • We accept profanity.
  • We encourage a short author biography. 
  • We cannot pay our writers at this time, but we will be strong advocates for your work.
  • We reserve the right to make edits for typos, clarity, and grammar corrections. 
  • If you have any requests regarding formatting or layout please include them in the comments field.
  • We accept submissions of both unpublished and previously published works. Please note if the piece has already been published.
  • We will do our best to read and respond to your piece in 4 - 8 weeks depending on staff workload.

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 exhibit two to three group shows a year with short pop up exhibits intandem with other events at Awakenings. 


To be considered for our March 2019 exhibit is December 15th, 2018. Applications sent after December 15th will be considered for our summer or fall show in 2019.


We do not charge artists to exhibit, however it is the artist's responsibility to get artwork delivered to the gallery and returned at the end of the show. 


Before submitting, please read our criteria and guidelines.

Criteria

  • Artwork must be on the topic of sexual violence and healing. 
  • Once again, this must be on the topic of sexual violence and healing.
  • Artists who identify as survivors of sexual violence are strongly encouraged to submit work.
  • Artists who do not identify as survivors of sexual violence may submit work.

Guidelines

  • We accept any medium of visual work. If you are a writer/author, please see our Literary Magazine, Awakened Voices, that has submissions open twice a year and as of late Fall 2018 are also opening submissions for a blog. In 2019, we expect to have an open mic night that can include performance however, at this time we do not usually accept theatrical or performance art.
  • We do our best to review and respond to submissions within 6 weeks. Please do not resubmit the same work unless invited to do so. If you have not received a response from staff, please inquire at info@awakeningsart.org.
  • Artists may submit artwork from anywhere in the world; however, we will not cover shipping costs.
  • We do accept work that has been deemed inappropriate by other galleries, however, this is at the discretion of Awakenings' staff.
  • We ask all artists to submit at least the following three pieces of information with artwork:
  1. A short artist bio 
  2. A title for each piece. 
  3. A statement for each piece. Our staff can help artists with their statements. Statements can include why the piece was created, how this has been part of processing, healing, coping, or what you hope an audience will understand from the piece.
  4. BEFORE HITTING SEND, please consider your work for an extra moment. What would be helpful for us to know? Give us a comprehensive idea of your work. Is there a collaborator involved in your work? We will want to know that the expressed permission has been given for any models, photographers, or people involved in the making of your art.


While we wish we could exhibit all the art submissions we receive, we have limited resources and capacity and therefore must decline some submissions. 

If your work is not able to be exhibited with Awakenings, please continue to look for a home for your work. We believe you, and we value you. A decline is a reflection of the overwhelming need in our society to give voice and platform to survivors and to continue to heal from the trauma of sexual violence together.


Questions about the submission process or guidelines? Contact info@awakeningsart.org

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