Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism aims to amplify the voices and visions of students, educators, and community members individually and collaboratively in "writing as activism": that is, writing that intends to provoke change towards social justice on the individual, collective, social, and/or political level.

Call for Submissions to Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism

It goes one at a time,
it starts when you care
to act, it starts when you do
it again after they said no,
it starts when you say We
and know you who you mean, and each
day you mean one more.

~ Marge Piercy, The Low Road

In the spirit of collaboration and inspired by Marge Piercy’s call in the final stanza of “the low road,” the editorial collective of Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism invites submissions for the journal’s inaugural issue,

[w]Here We Are

With this first issue, to be published in early winter 2022, contributors will join together with the editorial collective to name this writing-as-activism space and to invoke a vision for our shared work in advancing writing-as-activism in the journal, and in the world.

Among the questions your submission might address, directly or indirectly, are the following:
  • Who is this we that Marge Piercy is talking about? What connection do you have to this we? How might writing-as-activism be a mechanism for growing the we?
  • Looking back, what might you say about who we have been and have been made to be? Looking around in this current moment, who are we right now? Looking to the future that the current moment is right now sliding into, who might we become? What world(s) might our writing-as-activism bring into being?
  • How, to this point, have you survived? How have you experienced grief and joy, despair and healing, collaboration and possibility and celebration and change? How have you persevered, how might you shine a light for others to continue to persevere, and how might we transform perseverance into individual and collective thriving?
We invite writing that embodies, engages, and responds to the following topics, offered here to inspire work, rather than to constrain its possibilities:
  • writing, activism, and racial justice; social justice; restorative justice; transformative justice
  • roles, impacts, and examples of writing within future/past/current activist and social movements and moments
  • writing that examines/draws upon genre, myth, storytelling, world-building
  • writing that explores relationships of identity, ability, bodies, emotions, health, and activism
  • intersections of technology, communication, and writing-as-activism
  • writing that explores the limitations of language and of writing to catalyze change in the world
  • teaching and learning writing-as-activism
  • writing and activism within, through, and beyond the academy
We welcome your submission of work from the following broad formatting categories:
  • Articles, essays, fiction, creative nonfiction (up to 5000 words)
  • Poetry (up to 10 pages, submitted as individual poems or as a connected manuscript)
  • Written works that contain visual elements (including graphic texts and works that include illustrations)
  • Written works that include sound files
We ask that submissions to this inaugural issue be received by October 15th, 2021. Before you submit, please review the journal’s editorial policies, including the peer review process that will follow your submission. Feel free to email the journal’s managing editors with any questions you may have as you prepare your submission, or if you are unsure about the length, format, or other aspects of your work as a potential fit for Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism.