Submission Guidelines

Before you submit, please review the journal’s editorial policies, including the peer review process that will follow your submission. Please email the journal’s 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.


Philosophy & Editorial Ethos of Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism

This information can be found within the About This Journal and Review Process sections of this site.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism provided they hold the copyright to the work being submitted or are authorized by the copyright owner(s) to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works.

The editors of Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism invite articles, creative writing, and art that exemplify writing-as-activism in/through both process and product; that employ writing as a mechanism to engage and extend activist practice; and that examine the utility, impact, and potentiality of writing within and beyond activist movements to catalyze social change.

The scope and focus of both content and format are intentionally open-ended, intended to invite and embrace a diverse range of perspectives, positionalities, and forms of written and artistic communication around the larger project of exploring, documenting, and responding to the notion of "writing as activism."

Intended audience: students; faculty/instructors/practitioners; activists/organizers; writers; researchers; general public

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General Submission Guidelines

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in a journal, book, or other avenue (print or electronic). By submitting work to Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism, the author is stipulating that their material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism. If you have concerns about the submission terms and process for Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism, please contact the editors.

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

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Formatting Guidelines

Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism has no general rules or preferences about the formatting of initial submissions. There are, however, basic recommendations for typesetting, layout, and file types. See Submission Preparation Guidelines for details.

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Authors retain ownership of their works published in Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism. Authors extend to Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism the right to redistribute published works by way of indices, archives, bibliographic databases, and other relevant sources. This extension allows the authors' copyrighted content to be included in some sources maintained by for-profit companies. All other rights of redistribution are licensed by Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.