Writing and making art in response to current events can be a powerful antidote to fear and uncertainty. It’s also a great way to pass extra time while practicing social distancing. If you’re in the process of creating or could use some impetus to generate and send out work, the following Submittable organizations are seeking personal responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
**Please note: we anticipate that this list will grow and change in coming weeks. Reach out to organizations directly for the most up-to-date information and be in touch if you have a relevant creative call through Submittable you’d like us to include.
Last updated: April 7, 2020
American Writers Review
“Art in the Time of COVID-19” from American Writers Review is open to creative work in any genre. Editors will consider all submissions but prefer 1500 words or fewer. Deadline: April 15.
Appalachia journal is seeking essays responding to COVID-19 for its “Mountains and a pandemic” call. Thoughtful prose related to wilderness, mountains, and river adventure and environment during this time are being reviewed. Deadline: May 20.
For the “Corona Hopelings” issue of Bracken, editors are seeking short creative work in all formats, including video, audio, and hybrid work. Hopelings are “birds that live in the middle of your chest and “corona hopelings are a mutated species of hopelings born out of response to coronavirus.” No deadline.
Broadsided Press has created special prompts to inspire creative work during coronavirus. Submit what you make as a result to “Responses: A Sense of Home.” The press has also curated a broadsides focused on solace. Deadline: May 5.
In partnership with the founders of Florida English and Mammoth Books, Burlesque Press is hosting a call for “Artistic Responses to the Pandemic.” Work in all genres from around the globe is being accepted for a future anthology book project. Deadline: June 15.
Center for Interfaith Relations
The Center for Interfaith Relations is seeking “Sacred Essays” exploring “connection, contemplation, and common action in times of social distancing.” Deadline: June 2.
The “How To” Issue from District Lit is dedicated to helping quarantined individuals learn from one another. Send poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that focuses on a “how-to.” Deadline: April 30.
Eastern Iowa Review
For its special themed issue “Hope in Renewal,” Eastern Iowa Review is accepting writing and artwork. Prose and poetry submissions should not exceed 1,000 words each. Deadline: April 30.
Fearsome Critters has opened submissions for “The Quaranzine: Poetry in the Time of COVID-19.” Editors are calling for up to three poems directly related to life under quarantine during COVID-19. Deadline: May 23.
For its poem-a-day “What Rough Beast—COVID-19 Edition,” Indolent Books is seeking verse written in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Editors are seeking three poems or up to three pages of writing. No deadline.
Jeni Wallace Writing Retreats
The co-directors of Burlesque Press, The Hands On Literary Festival, and Jeni Wallace Writing Retreats are putting on a Virtual Writing Conferences. Proposals of 150-250 words are being reviewed for panels, readings, roundtables, and other conference events. Deadline: May 1.
Las Laguna Gallery
In response to COVID-19, Las Laguna Gallery has launched its first online exhibition of art in all media, “a light in the darkness.” All submissions will be accepted and posted in an online gallery. Deadline: September 31.
Let it Ripple
Let it Ripple is calling for people around the world interested in being part of its new global film project. Read all or part of the poem “Lockdown,” and answer a few questions to get involved. No deadline.
Northern New England Review
Although usually dedicated to voices from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, Northern New England Review has opened their “Front/Lines” call for poems about nursing and work by nurse-poets to everyone. Deadline April 25.
Since 2014, Rattle has been publishing weekly poems about current events. Editors have been publishing several per week lately in response to COVID-19 with a live streamed open mic every Sunday morning, where all poets are welcome to share their responses. No deadline.
Sky Island Journal
For Issue 13, Sky Island Journal is seeking poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction from around the world that provides culturally diverse perspectives on, and experiences with, the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline: June 30th.
South Bend Museum of Art
For its online exhibition “Making A Way,” South Bend Museum of Art is seeking work about how art and art-making have been impacted by coronavirus. Submission are is open to all U.S. artists, 18 years or older and all media are accepted, including performance and time-based practices. Deadline: April 27.
The Bitter Southerner
For its “Covid-19 in the South” call, The Bitter Southerner is accepting pitches and full pieces focused on individual and community responses to the coronavirus. How are people across the south coming together in response to the pandemic? No deadline.
For its anthology project Not Canceled, Wintertickle Press is calling for positive stories from Canadian citizens focused on COVID-19. Submitted stories should not exceed 2,000 words. Deadline: April 10.
Keep creating, keep sharing
Wrtiers and artists can use Submittable’s Discover feature to find more great opportunities for submission—many organizations are extending deadlines and waving submission fees to support those in need. Find out how other Submittable organizations are responding to COVID-19 here.