LIFE AS ACTIVISM originated from a need for action, protest, and solidarity. We began this feature seeking works with the theme #ResistTrump. Now we are looking for a broader spectrum of work with social justice themes.

November: “Healthcare in America”

Submit work:

  • that speaks to the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or health-insurance, in general;
  • that showcases the strength of individuals and/or family members overcoming the obstacles associated with mental health; or,
  • that highlights moments or incidents where general self-care was ignored due to lack of funds, lack of access, or lack of public awareness or acceptance.

December: “When the Water Comes…”

Submit work: 

  • that speaks to the power of water, or lack thereof; or,
  • that showcases the ability of individuals or communities to endure or overcome.

January: “Surviving Academia.”

Inspired by a recent podcast shared on NPR.com regarding the growing number of homeless college students in the US.

Submit work:

  • that speaks to the endurance and strength of students forced to overcome the rising cost of education, including adult learners struggling to pay for school and provide for their family;
  • that tackles the topic of decreasing access to livable wages for adjuncts and faculty; or,
  • that celebrates parents and family members who put their own lives and homes on the line to support students.

Submit fiction, flash, and nonfiction up to 1500 words.

Manuscripts should be single-spaced.

Submit up to three pieces of poetry no longer than one page each.

*Literary work only. 

*Rhetorically strong essays are of particular interest.

Click here for more information on submission guidelines.

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