Call for Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for Volume 1, Issue 2: "So To Speak"

Gloria Anzaldúa’s “Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers” and “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” June Jordan’s “Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan,” Audre Lorde’s "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” – and so many other profoundly impactful pieces of writing-as-activism – engage deeply with questions of language and its relationship to power, to trauma, to violence, to resistance, to insistence, to solidarity, to kinship, to change. To silence and its breaking.

For the forthcoming second issue of Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism (expected publication date in spring 2023) entitled "So To Speak," the editorial collective invites submissions that grapple with language and its possibilities, its limits, its promise, its heartbreak, its joys. Your submitted work might…

  • Respond directly or indirectly to Anzaldúa, Jordan, Lorde, or others. What might emerge if you allow yourself “to say something real to somebody real” (in Jordan’s words)?
  • Consider your own “home” tongue, your Native tongue, your native tongue, your “mother” tongue, your wild tongue. How do you name it? How do you know it? How do you use it? How does it matter?
  • Branch out beyond written/spoken language to the language of image, of sound, of movement, and come back with something to show for it.
  • Reject this premise entirely, and take up different subject matter in the way that wants to get expressed through you.

We ask that submissions to this issue be received by February 28th, 2023. 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 feeling unsure about the length, format, or other aspects of your work as a potential fit for Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism.

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