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 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: May 26, 2020
Crab Creek Review
Crab Creek Review is seeking nonfiction responses to the question: “What does it mean to encounter yourself in solitude?” Send one piece, up to 2,000 words, or up to three micro-essays. Deadline: May 31.
For its #ArtisEssential project, Critical Read is seeking 300-word personal essays about a particular work of art—be it a work of visual art, performing art, or literature—you are turning to in these uncertain times. Deadline: July 15.
Duluth Art Institute
The Duluth Art Institute is hosting “Response,” an online exhibition reflecting how artists are processing and observing effects of the pandemic. Works-in-progress as well as completed work will be accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline: September 1.
Evocations Review’s Summer 2020 Creative Nonfiction Contest is on the theme of quarantine. One winner will receive $200, publication, and judge feedback from guest judge Sarah McGlinchey Aronson. Deadline: August 15.
FreezeRay’s superhero-themed anthology is raising funds for LGBTQ+ COVID-19 relief. Editors are calling for work created by artists within marginalized communities (POC, LGBTQIA+ Jewish, Muslim, disabled, neurodivergent, etc.). Deadline: June 12.
iō Literary Journal
In a time of social distancing, stay at home orders, and self-quarantine, resilience has come in many forms. Life has been disrupted, and we are adapting. Editors at iō seek submissions on your experience for “Tales from Six Feet Apart.” No deadline.
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.
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.
In this moment of lockdown and social distancing, Litro editors are seeking short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction celebrating New York’s Central Park. Deadline: July 12.
London Photo Festival
London Photo Festival is calling for photo essays in response to the question “How is the pandemic affecting your life?” Submitted essays should include between 1 and 4 images. London Photo Festival has also launched a new podcast series. Deadline: August 1.
National Women’s History Museum
The National Women’s History Museum has launched “Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project.” The Museum invites women and gender non-binary individuals to be a part of living history by keeping a journal. No deadline.
Pacific Art League
With the theme “Wish You Were Here,” Pacific Art League is inviting artists to create new postcard-sized (4” by 6”) art inspired by the experience of sheltering-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline: July 4.
Pangyrus has launched an online series with quick turnaround: “In Sickness & In Health: Life in the Pandemic and Beyond.” Editors are seeking well-crafted, thought-provoking writing and multimedia storytelling in every genre. Deadline: June 1.
Please See Me
Although the theme for its Summer 2020 issue is “Heroes,” editors at Please See Me are seeking any health-related work (short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, and art) inlight of the COVID19 crisis. Deadline: June 1.
Canada’s queer literary magazine, Plenitude, is seeking poetry and prose from Canadian LGBTQ2S+ writers for its “Queer Isolation in a Pademic” call. No deadline.
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.
Regal House Publishing is assembling an anthology to explore the impact of COVID-19 on women in America. Relevant essays and pitches from female-identifying, trans and non-binary persons are welcome. 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.
Editors at TAB Journal are seeking book-spine pandemic poems ie. work that is composed and formed by stacking books so that each title serves as a line in a poem related to the global pandemic and the ways it affects our lives. Deadline: June 15.
Terra Preta Review
Terra Preta Review is calling for writing, art, and photography to include in an anthology of pandemic creativity. Editors are especially interested in submissions from members of marginalized communities. No deadline.
The Seventh Wave
For Issue 12: Before After, The Seventh Wave is seeking work that examines the truths and the lies we’re uncovering amid this global pandemic. This call is open to writers, artists, activists, and creators of all kinds. Deadline: June 14.
For “Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic,” Tupelo Press is seeking 12-page folio of poetry written on topics related to the coronavirus pandemic including wellness and illness, contagion, isolation, sheltering at home, caregiving, bereavement, and more. Deadline: June 30.
Considering that they’re on stay-at-home restrictions, editors at Wanderlust want to know about your home. Where do you call home? And why that particular place? Send work to their “Stories from Home” call. Deadline: June 15.
Keep creating, keep sharing
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.