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Call for Submissions: Awakened Voices Literary Magazine Issue 13

Submission Call

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 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

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 31st 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  • We accept submissions of both unpublished and previously published works.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.


All work is to be submitted through our Submittable page here:


Deadline: 07.30.2021
Name: Awakenings Art
Address: 4001 N Ravenswood Ave
Phone: (773) 904-8217