Calls for Submissions

If you have a call for submissions that you would like us to share, please email We’re happy to mail calls for submissions to incarcerated artists in our network in addition to posting them here.

Virtual Art As Resistance Gallery

Submissions are open for this year’s Virtual Art As Resistance Gallery! The Art as Resistance Gallery will be associated with the ICJ’s Justice, Reentry and Healthcare Summit: Coming Together for Social Justice in Socially Distant Times, October 5-9, 2020. We would like to invite you to submit art for this year’s gallery and to share this Call For Art broadly with your networks. With everything happening in the world right now, the time is ripe for this conversation.

Please send us your submissions by no later than Monday, August 24! We are accepting a range of artwork including visual art, music, poetry, performance etc. If you can dream it, do it, and put it into a virtual format for showcase at a virtual conference setting, we want to show it to the world!

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: You do not need to have the artwork FINISHED by August 24 – you simply have to submit descriptions of your artwork according to the form. We need the artwork FINISHED AND IN HAND by September 14, so we have a chance to get it uploaded to our virtual gallery and work out any technical issues. Please keep this in mind for your submissions.

Learn more and complete submission form:

If you would like to submit or would like more information, please email Marlon MacAllister at


Frieze Impact Prize

A new award recognizing artists’ role in the movement to end mass incarceration in the U.S. The purpose of the prize is to highlight the inequitable aspects of the criminal justice system and challenge its racially-biased public perceptions, with special consideration given to recognizing work by justice-involved artists. 

The Prize will award $25,000 to an artist for a work of art that can contribute to the movement to end mass incarceration. Applicants may enter the competition online until Friday, July 3 at 5 pm EST by submitting an existing work of art. Frieze plans to announce the winner during Frieze Los Angeles 2021.

The launch of the Frieze Impact Prize in partnership with Art for Justice Fund honours and extends this commitment to one of the most pressing social issues of our time.

For further information on how to apply for the Frieze Impact Prize, please click here.


Open Doors NYC and Reality Poets Virtual Showcase

Open Doors NYC and the Reality Poets are seeking submissions for their first ever virtual showcase! They have just extended the deadline to allow for more submissions (new deadline is July 1). Submissions of visual art, music, writing, and other mediums are all welcome. For more information, and to submit, visit:

Wassup Fam! We the OPEN DOORS Brothers, aka The Reality Poets, would like to invite you to submit to The Collection, a virtual showcase featuring dope creative work that uplifts the voices of gun violence survivors, people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities and their allies. For this first issue, we welcome visual art, music, writing and video by people who are the most vulnerable during the current health crisis—though all are welcome to submit.


Prison Creative Arts Project and Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC) Call for Submissions

Professors Vicente Concilio and Daiane Dordete Jacobs at the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC) in Florianópolis, Brazil, invited Professor Ashley Lucas at the University of Michigan to co-edit with them a special issue of the Brazilian theatre journal Urdimento, which is produced online at UDESC. 

This special issue proposes the publication of articles on artistic and pedagogical research and practices in the performing arts developed in correctional facilities (adult prisons and youth detention centers). Many performing arts programs in prisons are linked to community organizations, university programs, or even independent artists. These programs investigate the meaning that the various genres of performing arts have in the lives of people who are serving time. In view of the current context of the expansion of punitive public rhetoric and the consolidation of mass incarceration policy in Brazil and in many parts of the western world, we seek articles that present other approaches to the problem of imprisonment, especially from the frameworks of theatre education and applied theatre.

Incarcerated authors can send submissions via regular mail to:

Ashley Lucas
Prison Creative Arts Project
Residential College, East Quad
701 E. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan  48103

All submissions are due on October 15, 2020.



Beyond the Bars 2020 Call for Submissions

Beyond the Bars seeks to highlight the work of creatives that speaks to the mission of Beyond the Bars 10: Freedom Plans. Application Due: February 7, 2020  


Arkana Call for Submissions 

Arkana is currently accepting submissions for our 8th Issue.

As a journal of mysteries and marginalized voices, we’re looking for quality writing that is thought-provoking and literary. We are especially interested in work that explores the identities and experiences of those listed below:

  • People and writers of color, including but not limited to African Americans, Asian Americans, Indian Americans, Latinx and Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Middle Easterners, and Pacific Islanders.
  • Immigrants.
  • Translated work and work by writers who do not live in the United States.
  • LGBTQ+.
  • Neurodivergent writers.
  • Women and women writers.
  • Inhabitants of and writers from the Delta.
  • Work about disability or by disabled writers.
  • Work by writers fifty years old or older.
  • The resource poor, whether urban or rural.
  • Those who have experienced or been impacted by incarceration.
  • Work about the nonhuman, or work that challenges anthropocentrism.
  • Work in genres not often featured in literary journals, such as hybrid pieces, illustrated narratives, and short scripts (10 to 20 pages) for the stage or screen.

The deadline for submissions is March 31. We do accept hard copy submissions sent via mail. 

Arkana Literary Magazine, Thompson 324
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035


2020 National Legal Aid & Defender Association Art Auction | Washington, D.C.

Eligibility: United States

Fee: None

Entry Deadline: April 1

Innovative Justice: Celebrating Transformational Leadership Exemplar Awards Gala. June 9, 2020.

DESCRIPTION: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted to the excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. Each year, NLADA hosts an annual awards dinner celebrating a strong commitment to equal justice by top legal leadership from America’s biggest companies and law firms.

This year we will be hosting our second annual social justice art auction during the event to highlight the important connection between art and the law in the pursuit of equal access to justice for all. Donated works will be sold at auction, with all proceeds supporting NLADA’s mission. Artists will have the opportunity to have their art showcased to a national audience of legal professionals and will be instrumental to continuing the work of the NLADA’s mission. Artists with a social justice background or whose art reflects topics related to justice are strongly encouraged to participate.

MEDIUMS: All mediums that can be shipped by the artists are welcomed: paintings, photography, sculptures, etc.

All work becomes the property of NLADA and will not be returned to the artist. All submissions must be original and from the artist submitting, no reproductions of other artist’s work or published art. In the case that a piece cannot be used in the auction, NLADA will contact the artist to determine appropriate next steps.

Art can be sent to: 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington DC, 20006 and inquiries/questions can be sent to and 


The Hardest Word

The Hardest Word is a podcast and radio show featuring real people making real apologies. The show started in May 2019 and has thousands of listeners in 50+ countries. It’s gained national media coverage and is now broadcast on radio in London and Switzerland. 

Series 3 is about to launch and I want your apologies.

Your apology doesn’t have to be about what got you into prison. It can be serious or funny. You can use a fake name. Change details if you need to.

We’ve had a cute apology from a six year old in Hong Kong apologizing to her doll. A man in Rwanda apologized for not saving his neighbour’s life in the 1994 genocide. We’ve had apologies to cats, computers, countries and of course loved ones, so think broadly about the topic of your apology. The only rule is that your apology must be sincere. 

Apologies last about three minutes. I may lightly edit your apology for length or clarity but it will be treated with respect – guaranteed. Even if you can’t listen to the podcast, your family can. I will contact them – just give me their contact details.


Write your apology and mail or email it to us. 400 to 600 words. 


Mail: The Hardest Word, PO Box 1850, Camarillo, CA 93011

Record your apology by phone on our voicemail system: ‪(805) 283-7151  

Record your apology and email me the file:

Remember: Before you start your apology give me a name (real or fake), contact info for one family member/loved one, and where you are incarcerated and the length of your term. 

I cannot guarantee every apology will make it on to the podcast but I will publish the first 50 apologies I receive on the show’s website, available for everyone to see / hear. 

Thanks, Brett 

Host and Creator, The Hardest Word


 Free Translation

Free translation is a multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing international works generated from an open call to incarcerated people, ex-convicts, and anyone affected by imprisonment. What you are experiencing is the online version of the Free Translation exhibition, which premiered at MAA-tila in Helsinki from November 15-29, 2018 as part of Prison Outside #2.

The open call for artworks is ongoing and open to all ages. This exhibition makes use of the translation process as we interact and create new artworks in the gallery space and online. Your works on view will encourage the audience to prompt dialogue, inspire thoughts, and creatively activate the space. Your voice is heard and recognized.

Your artistic contribution is very much appreciated. Works can be emailed to or mailed to:

Free Translation

℅ Pixelache

Kaasutehtaankatu 1

00580 Helsinki


On the online gallery under each picture there is the possibility for you to interpret or comment on that piece. It can be in text, visual, or video format. Your translations and interpretations inspires more thoughts, feelings, and perspectives to be shared and to be sparked.

Prison Outside is centred on the subjects of imprisonment, justice, and the role of the arts in the relationships between people in prisons and people outside. We are interested in perceptions of incarcerated people and ex-convicts in the society, and how we can break the stereotypes and support each other. We focus on artistic practices, be it prisoners’ own initiatives or designed educational projects that promote self-expression, solidarity and communication between people of all walks of life. We also offer a platform for production of artistic projects related to imprisonment, currently with a focus on Finland and Russia.

To keep up to date on Free Translation happenings, please check, and

Prison Outside has been continuously supported by Kone Foundation.