Do you have a story or an idea about this crazy year that you want to share with the world?
As we try to make sense of all that has happened in 2020, writing is experiencing a kind of renaissance. According to The Guardian, a recent study found that adults in the UK have almost doubled their time spent reading this year. And more reading means more opportunities to publish.
In many ways, it’s a good time to be a writer.
People want to read about how others are experiencing the global pandemic. They want to learn about social justice and hear stories from new perspectives. Future historians are sure to spend lifetimes studying the moment we are living through right now. The writing that is published today will one day become vital primary sources, quoted in textbooks, and memorialized in museums.
Here are three publications publishing stories, memoirs, essays, poems, and artwork about the coronavirus pandemic and global social justice movements. Deadlines for some of these are at the end of August 2020, so hop to it!
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Who they are: Journal of the Plague Year was founded in 2020 by renowned American environmental journalist Susan Zakin. They publish writing about the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to understand, document, and react to this unprecedented time.
What they publish: News articles, letters, memoirs, essays and poetry about coronavirus.
Pay: As a new journal, they are not currently offering pay, but state that if they get enough donations they “may change that policy.”
Who they are: “Superstition Review is the online literary magazine published by Arizona State University twice yearly in May and December.”
What they publish: Art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For this issue, they want work about social justice. Pieces should “promote inclusion and explores new ways to dismantle racial and social inequality.”
Deadline: August 31st, 2020
Word count: Up to 4,000 words for fiction and nonfiction.
Who they are: This is a journal about nursing, but they pay for personal essays.
What they publish: “Personal stories exploring any aspect of nursing, health, or health care. While many are accounts of memorable nursing experiences, we also welcome the patient perspective, as well as that of other health care professionals.”
Word count: 800-850 words
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