Awakened Voices Submission Guidelines

Before submitting, please read our criteria and guidelines. 

Please note that we publish bi-annually, and we’ll do our best to respond in a timely fashion. 


  • Writing must be on the topic 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.


  • All submissions to our themed issues must be submitted one month before the issue will be published.
  • If you are submitting a piece unrelated to a themed issue, we accept rolling submissions.
  • 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  • We accept submissions of both unpublished and previously published works.
  • We will do our best to read and respond to your piece in 4 – 8 weeks depending on staff workload.


Our submissions are currently closed. Please look back in late Winter for our next submission call!

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