Ends on October 15, 2019

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We accept previously published and unpublished work, and all Awakenings writers maintain the rights to their work.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.


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  • We accept submissions of both unpublished and previously published works.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