The submission window for our second collection is now open!
The Writing for Change Journal is a multimodal publishing space, and therefore welcomes submissions beyond traditional written texts like essays and other forms of nonfiction writing like prose, interviews, and personal narratives. Submissions may also be in the form of photography, visual and performance art, podcasts, film, and combined mediums and those yet to be imagined. Though we may ask you to include a paragraph or two about your process and intention as it relates to this collection’s theme. Creative and collaborative submissions are also welcomed.
Coping with Change
For our second collection, we invite a wide range of submissions that center on “coping” with change. It is our hope that by emphasizing coping, the contributions of this collection will work together to highlight new ways that we as individuals and as members of a community may better respond to and be in relation with one another. With a focus on coping, how we cope, what we cope with, and with whom we cope, this collection ultimately attends to new forms of empathy and compassion.
Change is inevitable, and the effects of change are complex. We change. Our loved ones change. The world changes around us, often in ways we have little control over. When we cope with change, we cope with trauma and with uncertainty, we confront our vulnerabilities and find solace in our commonalities with others. That we do cope, and find ways to cope, and help each other cope is intentional and ultimately hopeful. We cope to heal, we cope so that we may live, we cope so that we can be our best selves for the people we love, and we cope so that we might maintain a measure of control when so many forces of change seem out of our control. Practices of coping signal to others and to ourselves that we are in a state of transition, a sense of in-betweenness, of learning how to live in a middle space so that we can imagine a world beyond it. At the start of the pandemic, celebrated Indian writer Arundhati Roy described the space we’re in as a “portal,” (video below) “a gateway between one world and the next.” This collection’s focus on coping allows us all to linger in this moment in different ways and learn from each other in order to bring the next world into focus.
Please refer to the full call-for-submissions and refer to our submission guidelines.
Please send your submission and a 50-word biography to email@example.com by Thursday, October 28th, 2021. If you have questions, please contact the journal’s advisor, Kyle Boggs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help you work through your ideas too!
If you haven’t checked out the wonderful work featured in our first collection, get to it!