Past Calls for Submissions

Click here for a list of publications accepting submissions from incarcerated people.

Let’s Get Free’s 5th Annual Art Show 

Deadline to Submit Art: August 30, 2021

This art show is open to people currently in prison and people on the outside.This year’s show will have both online and in person elements. Select pieces will be shown in the physical gallery. All entries will be entered into the contest.

This year’s theme: Empathy is the Seed, Truth is the Water, Solidarity is the Bloomage 

This is a recipe we think is crucial to shifting our world from the paradigm of punishment to that of healing.

Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Truth: the quality or state of being in accordance with fact or reality Solidarity: unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group. BloomageThe blossoms or bloom of a plant or area taken collectively.

Art Show Sign Up Form


CALL FOR ARTISTS: “Inspired By…”

May 23 – June 12, 2021

Opening reception: Sunday, May 23, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Deadline for electronic submissions: May 13

Sterling House Community Center
2283 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

The Alliance invites community artists from the region to share their interpretation of the theme “Inspired By…“

Have you ever felt emotion when seeing a picture, hearing a song, watching dancers’ movements, watching a film, reading a poem, book or even the news? Has it called you to action? Maybe you were called to activism. Maybe to create a piece of art or to write a story.

For this show, we ask artists to submit entries evoked by something that elicited an emotion. Along with the entry, please share who, what, where or why you were driven to create this piece; in other words, what you were inspired by. Visual art, music, written/spoken word, dance art forms encouraged. Performance art may require taped submissions.

The show is open to members and non members of Arts Alliance of Stratford. Space is limited so the entries will be adjudicated by our committee. There will be a “People’s Choice” award which will give the winning artist free entry into a future show.

Prospectus and submission form here.

Two Dimensional Art up to 16″ x 20″
Written Word (Submission must be ready to hang.)
Performance and Spoken Word (Will link to video.)

Fees: None


Call for Proposals for Freedom & Captivity: Art on Abolition

Proposals for new work: March 15, 2021
Submission of existing work: June 1, 2021
Accepted work due: June 30, 2021
Exhibition launch: August 2, 2021

The Freedom & Captivity Coalition, Indigo Arts Alliance, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA, and SPACE are pleased to announce a national open call for Freedom & Captivity: Art on Abolition, a virtual exhibition and printed publication. The call is broadly inclusive and invites submissions from visual artists (painting, drawing, photography, collage, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, multi-media work), writers (poetry, prose, experimental writing), and musicians engaged with abolitionist imaginings, as well submissions from cultural workers embedded in decarceration, social justice, and anti-racist advocacy.


Prison Literature Permanent Session CFP

This session invites papers that examine the production, teaching, study, and performance of literature within historical and contemporary carceral institutions.  We plan to host four panels this year. In addition to two open panels, we are especially interested in (1) writing centers inside prisons and (2) second-language instruction inside prisons. We also welcome studies of fictional accounts of imprisonment and encourage proposals that engage the convention theme “Cultures of Collectivity.” Please send abstracts to Will Andrews at by April 15th, 2021.

Special Session Calls for Papers are due February 20th via e-mail to Individual proposals to Special Sessions are then due to their organizers June 1st.

Individual Paper and Complete Panel proposals are due June 1st via e-mail to

Proposals for the Undergraduate Symposium are due June 1st via e-mail to


AmplifyTV Interest Form

Are you interested in supporting Amplify Music’s mission to provide music experiences for kids affected or incarcerated by the justice system? Are you a musician who was formerly incarcerated? Do you just really miss jamming live and want to share your music? All are welcome to perform for AmplifyTV, Thursdays at 8pm EST! Donations from each set will be split between Amplify Music and the performers.