How—and what—to submit to Writers Resist
Writers Resist, a literary collective born of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, publishes creative expressions of resistance by diverse writers and artists. We are dedicated to challenging all things that diminish our nation’s quest for equality, freedom, justice and a healthy planet for all—while having a bit of fun.
Please submit only those works that can be reasonably described as expressions of resistance, whether poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction, essays or images.
We publish with the intent that the works will be shared far and wide, so please submit only if you are comfortable making your published submissions available to the world via a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.
We would like folks to consider donating their work to the resistance cause, but we know how lovely it is to be paid for our art. Consequently, thanks to an anonymous donation of $1,000, we can pay a token pittance for each of the first one hundred pieces published for the first time by Writers Resist. That’s $10 per accepted submission not previously published elsewhere (including personal blogs and social media).
We do accept previously published work, but those pittances are for work first published by Writers Resist.
Our editors are all volunteer, so, if you’d like to submit your writing, please help keep their work to a minimum. You can accomplish this by doing the following:
- Prepare your submission as described below. Really. Do this, please.
- Please send only one submission at a time, and wait to hear back about a submission before submitting again.
- Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere.
- Make sure your work is indeed, in some way, an expression of resistance.
- Read your written submission out loud often, revise it, and read it aloud again.
- Give it to a friend or two to read and revise it again.
- Read it out loud one more time, revise it, proof it, and then submit it. You get the idea.
CIVIL RESISTANCE is a type of political action that relies on the use of non-violent methods. [In our case, this is creative writing and images.] It is largely synonymous with certain other terms, including “non-violent action,” “non-violent resistance” and “people power.” It involves a range of widespread and sustained activities [as in writing poetry, fiction and narrative nonfiction, and creating images] that challenge a particular power, force, policy or regime [such as a xenophobic, misogynistic, racist, Islamophobic, homophobic, science-denying, hate-baiting demagogue and his administration]—hence the term “resistance.” The adjective “civil” in this context denotes that which pertains to a citizen or society, implying that a movement’s goals are “civil” in the sense of being widely shared in a society [yes, widely shared, given Sec. Hillary Clinton’s popular vote win by more than 2 million votes]; and it denotes that the action concerned is non-military or non-violent in character. [The act of creation might be non-military and non-violent, but the content of your writing and images may be whatever you like.]
– From Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present
(Oxford University Press, 2009)
Poems can be any length (except book-length), and you can include up to three poems in one submission.
Poetry formatting guidance:
- Submit your poems in one MSWord doc or docx, with your name, email address, street address, and phone number on the top of the first page, and the title before each poem.
- Single-space your document.
- At the end of your poem(s), in the same document, include a short bio—about 100 words.
- PLEASE do not include any custom formatting—no headers or footers, no page numbers, no formatted line spacing, etc.
- Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following in the Subject field: Submission, poetry.
- Indicate in your message if your work is previously published and, if so, where.
Prose includes works of fiction, narrative nonfiction and essays. They can be a maximum of about 2,500 words.
Excerpts of longer works must read as stand-alone pieces.
Prose formatting guidance:
- Include only one piece of prose, in MSWord doc or docx.
- Put your name, email address, street address, phone number, word count, genre and title at the top of the first page.
- Single space your document and clearly indicate paragraph breaks.
- At the end of your work, in the same document, include a short bio—about 100 words.
- PLEASE do not include any custom formatting—no headers or footers, no page numbers, no formatted line spacing before or after paragraphs, etc.
- If your work has hyperlinks, please include the URLs.
- Email your submission to email@example.com, with the following in the Subject field: Submission, prose [insert fiction, narrative nonfiction or essay].
- PLEASE indicate in your email message if your work is previously published, and, if so, tell us where and include a link, if there is one.
We are looking for both stand-alone art, including cartoons, and images to illustrate written works.
Image formatting guidance:
- Submit a JPEG image of your work, with your last name and first name as the file name. EX: cubbins.bart.jpeg
- Email your image to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following in the Subject field: Submission, image.
- Include a cover message with the title of the image, if any, and your full name, email address, street address and phone number.
- Also include a short bio in the email message—about 100 words—and PLEASE indicate if your work is previously published and, if so, where.