Join Our Voices for Social Justice
is excited to “Join Our Voices for Social Justice” with our
first-ever nationwide writing contest. In a time when Charlottesville
is current news, writers have an even stronger obligation to create,
resist, and come together in respect and in all our diversity to open
more space for dialogue and understanding.
you identify as female, and your poetry, fiction, or nonfiction
grapples with issues of divided communities, privilege, racial
inequalities, or disparity, we want to hear from you. Let’s join
our voices in tribute to the victims of Charlottesville, and those
around the nation, who fight and struggle every day.
contest runs from September 4th to October 8th,
2017, and it is open to all female-identified writers within the
United States. There is a $5.00 submission fee for entry, with half of the proceeds to be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Please submit no more than 2,500 words for prose or no more than five poems for poetry entries. The guest judge will determine the winner, who will
receive a $50.00 prize and publication in the fall issue of
VoiceCatcher. (Please see the full submission guidelines, below, for more information.)
Please meet Diana Garcia - Contest Guest Judge
A native of California’s San
Joaquin Valley, poet and writer Diana Garcia was born in a farm labor camp
owned by the California Packing Corporation.
Formerly a single mother on welfare, she earned both her BA and MFA in
creative writing from San Diego State University. Until her retirement, she was
on the creative writing faculty and co-director of the Creative Writing and
Social Action Program at California State University Monterey Bay. Her poetry
collection, When Living Was a Labor Camp,
won an American Book Award. She, along
with Frances Payne Adler and Debra Busman, co-edited the anthology Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action
In 2009 she
was invited to be a featured poet for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of
History Poetics of Labor “Bittersweet
Harvest: Cosecha Amarga, Cosecha Dulce” exhibit in Washington, D.C. In March 2016 she, along with then-U.S. Poet
Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala headlined
“Poets Unite: UFW 50th Anniversary and Dolores Huerta” at the
Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
judge for the Connecticut Commission of the Arts’ poetry competition, she
taught for California Poets in the School, co-founded the Border Voices Project
in San Diego, and founded the Central Connecticut Poetry Project. In spring
2005 she was inducted into the “Latinas: The Spirit of California” exhibit as
part of the California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts. She was named
Connecticut Poet of the Year in 1998. Her poems, stories and essays appear in
numerous anthologies and journals.
are open for VoiceCatcher's first national contest, "Join Our Voices For Social Justice." Send us your prose and poetry from September 4 – October 8, 2017.
are blind and accepted electronically through Submittable. Please
read the guidelines carefully before hitting Send.
publishes new writing that has not appeared in print or online. If
you’ve published a piece on your own website, blog or
self-publishing site, please remove it before submitting to us.
accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us
immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
only accept submissions from female-identified and non-binary writers
your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American
Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. At publication, all
rights revert back to you. If your work subsequently appears in print
or online, you agree to give credit to VoiceCatcher. We agree to
contact you for permission to reprint your work.
What and How
accept electronic submission through Submittable. Edit and proof your
work before submitting. In the body of the Submittable form, please
short bio – 100 words or less – written in third person.
written piece(s) as an attachment, in a single Word document. Use
the title(s) of your work as the file name of your document.
are blind. Please remove all identifying information from your
a single Word document, submit up to five poems. Each poem should
not exceed 50 lines.
submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name
on the document, NOT your own name.
space your poems for stanza breaks.
page breaks between poems.
Times New Roman 12pt font.
lines in your poems are indented, please use the SPACE BAR (NOT the
TAB Key) to indent. This helps us keep the correct visual format.
your poem has a “justified right margin,” we will do our best to
preserve the line breaks, but there may be some variance due to font
styling on the website.
Prose (fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, memoir)
Submit one piece of prose in a single Word document.
Include the word count of your piece. No more than 2,500 words.
Double space and indent paragraphs by half an inch.
Use Times New Roman 12pt font.
Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name.