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

This specific call part of a series of monthly prompts for The Nightingale. We encourage submissions that respond directly to the prompt, but they do not need to. Submissions for this prompt will be accepted through the end of October 2020. All pieces should be between 500 and 1,000 words. 

Tell us a story of movement. 

Movement exists in all facets of our lives. We physically move from place to place in our bodies each day, and we emotionally move through different phases of being. Some movements cover greater distances than others—either literally across state or national lines, or emotionally during experiences of great emotional upheaval and change. 

Tell us about how you have moved as a survivor of sexual violence. Do you have a story of moving to a new place after trauma? Was that experience positive, negative, or neutral? What caused the move, and how did the movement change your story? What did you move away from, and what did you move closer to? How did a new location change yourself or your healing process? 

We want to hear about all types of movement that you've experienced, either abstractly or literally. Do you have a story of movement in your body, like dance, that you can convert into words? Or do you have a story of internal and emotional movement from one idea to a new one? How do the different pieces of your identity shift and interact in your daily life? 

What moves you? 

 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.

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We accept previously published and unpublished work, and all Awakenings writers maintain the rights to their work.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


  • 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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