I wondered how and why this magazine came to be, so I asked Awakened Voices founder and editor Jean Cozier a few questions to find out. See my interview with Cozier and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Awakened Voices.
COZIER: Awakened Voices is an online literary magazine published by The Awakenings Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. The mission of the Awakenings Foundation is to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Awakened Voices originally started?
COZIER: It was always my intention to publish a literary magazine. I just didn’t know it was going to be online! I’m in my 60’s and a lot of my time during Awakenings’ first years of operation were spent learning a lot of new technology. My original intent was to do themed issues. The first one was devoted to Mothers, and the second one to Fathers. As you might guess, looking at our mission statement, we had some very different kinds of submissions in those issues. We had several other themed issues in mind, but with the growing volume of work at Awakenings, it took us a while to get into position to widen our calls for submissions.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
COZIER: Awakened Voices is for survivors, by survivors, about survivors, of rape and sexual abuse. Authors do not need to be survivors themselves, although we always give pieces by self-identified survivors some special attention! As long as we feel the topic relates to our mission we will consider publishing it.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
COZIER: I’m struggling with this question. I’m a voracious reader, always have been, but I’ve never read many lit mags or journals. I read science fiction, sword and sorcery fiction, fantasy fiction, mystery and detective fiction, especially if it’s written by female authors and/or has a female protagonist. I drove librarians in my small Indiana town crazy growing up, insisting I wanted science fiction “about girls!” And they had to order the Lord of the Rings trilogy for me, at age 12, from Indianapolis.
I spent thirty years as a writer/producer in Chicago’s corporate communications community before founding Awakenings, which still left me plenty of time for reading, but too tired at the end of the day to write for pleasure. People always asked me what I was working on “on my own.” I told them when you make your living as a writer, the last thing you want to do when work is over is write.
HOPKINSON: What is the schedule for your upcoming themed issues?
Awakened Voices Calendar:
COZIER: Our submission page on our Web site is being updated. In the meantime, submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
COZIER: I can be reached by email at email@example.com.
DEADLINE: December 31, 2016 (one month prior to next upcoming issue)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry and prose
Categories: Call for Submissions