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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.
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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.




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 and healing 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 and The Nightingale publishes blog pieces every  other week. About this submission call We are especially excited about encouraging submissions of flash fiction, fiction, vignette, poetry, and graphic/visual work.  

This issue will be focusing on the theme of Intentions

Issue  10 will publish on May 22nd, 2020. We publish electronically with free  pdf copies of the issue available to all. Guidelines Please submit up to  10 pages of prose or 5 poems in a DOC, DOCX, or PDF file. 

  • Writing must be on the topic of sexual violence and survival. 
  • 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 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 may ask you to consider 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 3 months. 

Theme: Intention for Change 

How does intention or affirmation apply to the conversation around sexual violence? Does setting a  personal affirmation stir a change in the way trauma has affected your  or a loved one's life? What does an intention for change as a society  look like? What intention or change are you calling each of us to set  and stick to? Show us through fiction, nonfiction, or poetry (or a mix  of genres!). 

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

This specific call is part of a series of monthly prompts for The Nightingale. Submissions for this prompt will be accepted through the end of January 2019. Pieces should be between 500 and 1,000 words. 

Anniversaries. 

Some anniversaries we don't have power over, but to others we can lend more weight and meaning. 

Anniversaries of violence, for example, can be extremely difficult for survivors. A reminder of trauma, whether it be a single date or a time of year, often brings up echoes of the violence a survivor has experienced. 

Anniversaries of healing, on the other hand, can be comforting and uplifting. They can propel us forward into another year of hope, strength, and healing with renewed energy. 

Maybe it’s the day you left a bad situation. Maybe it’s the time of year met a significant person in your life who has helped you heal. Maybe it’s a moment of personal growth, when you accomplished something for the first time or reached a self-care goal you’d been pushing towards. Maybe it’s the first time you decided to call yourself a survivor.  

The Nightingale is celebrating its own anniversary this December, as it turns one year old. As we acknowledge the year of healing that we’ve experienced with all of you, we’d like to encourage you to take time to celebrate the healing that has happened in your own life this year.  

Acknowledge anniversaries that take part in your pain, but celebrate anniversaries that help you heal. 

What is an anniversary you choose?


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.  

  

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

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