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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Awakenings Review submission guidelines

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The Awakenings Review is an annual literary journal published by The Awakenings Project. The Awakenings Review publishes original poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, essays, photographs, excerpts from larger works, and black-and-white cover art—all created by persons who have had a personal experience with mental illness.

Editorial Policy

A writer for The Awakenings Review (The AR) need not have a mental illness—we open submissions to family members and friends of people with mental illnesses. We do prefer that a writer have a mental illness of some type, and be willing to write about it, but that does not have to be the focus of the writings. The AR occasionally publishes special issues dedicated to specific topics, or featuring authors who live with a particular illness.

In most cases, at least two members of The AR editorial board review each submission. We strive to give a preliminary response as soon as possible.

Contributors selected for publication are not paid for their work. However, they will receive a complimentary copy of the journal in which their work is published when it becomes available, and additional copies at a discount.


Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Email submissions should be in a .doc or .docx format attached to an email sent to Include the word "submission" in the subject line.

If you are submitting more than one poem by email, they should all be grouped together into one Word file, e.g., not sent as individual files.

All manuscripts sent to us should be accompanied by a cover letter, which in part describes the writer's relationship to mental illness, either self, family member, or friend.

Manuscripts can be mailed to:
The Awakenings Review
P.O. Box 177
Wheaton, IL 60187

If mailed, you will be notified when we receive your submission.

Submission Guidelines

Material must be offered for first publication. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. However, if a submission is accepted by another publisher as well as by The AR, the author must notify The AR as soon as possiblre of their preferred publisher.
Individuals are encouraged to submit a body of work for review. With poetry, that means no less than three poems, or up to five pieces of poetry, or one short story (no more than 5000 words) per issue. If this limit is exceeded, the entire submission may be returned unreviewed.

Do not send The AR the original or sole copy of a submission.The AR does not accept responsibility for lost or damaged submissions.

Mailed submissions will not be returned to the creator unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope with the correct postage.

Format for Submissions

Please adhere to the following guidelines:


The maximum length for all work submitted for a given issue is 5,000 words.

Pages should be numbered, and the writer's name, address, phone, and email address should appear at the top of the first page of each piece submitted.

Authors should be aware that an individual line of poetry that exceeds 60 characters in length cannot be printed as a single line when published.

Upon acceptance for publication, authors who reach us through the mails will be asked to email a copy of their works to

Mental Health History

Authors should include a cover letter describing their experience with mental illness, either self, family member, or friend of someone who struggles with mental illness. While this information is voluntary and its absence will not preclude your work from being considered, if your work is accepted for publication you will be asked to submit a short biography where we would like you to supply this information.

Writers and artists retain the copyright to their material. By submitting work, they agree to assign to The AR one-time rights for publication.

By agreeing to allow their work to be published in The AR, writers whose work is accepted agree to allow The AR to publish a brief biography of them in the print copy of The AR, and to permit The AR to publish their names and titles of their works on The Awakenings Project web site. With the author's permission, the work itself may also be published on The Awakenings Project web site. The Awakenings Project will take measures to protect writers' names from access by Internet “web crawlers” to ensure, to the best of its ability, the writer’s privacy. Access to information published on The Awakenings Project site cannot, however, be guaranteed to be inaccessible to all web crawlers.

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