Collective Unrest



Submission Guidelines


Previously published pieces are fine, as long as you indicate where it was originally published. Simultaneous submissions are considered as well, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

All work must somehow relate to our message of political resistance, social justiceunrest, and unity. Share your human experience. Have you experienced sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, ableism, or bigotry? Have you been oppressed, harassed, stigmatized, abused, or otherwise? What do you feel about the injustice of the world? How has it impacted you or those close to you? Move us. Send us to our knees. Evoke strong emotions. Be vulnerable. Don’t just tell us what’s wrong with the world. Make us feel it in our every cell. Don’t filter yourself, but we also don’t want vitriolic and hateful submissions. Hate is the reason we are here, the very force we’re fighting against.

As for work, we are open to all kinds—traditional to experimental to unclassifiable. In this space, we value function over form. Whatever best allows you to tell your story or the story of those affected. We accept submissions from anyone with an open mind but we are especially interested in work from women, people of color, immigrants, queer individuals, non-binary individuals, transmen and transwomen, individuals with disabilities, individuals struggling with addiction or a mental illness, and other underrepresented voices.

Email with your submission, a short cover letter explaining how your piece relates to our mission, your Twitter and Instagram handles (so we can promote you), and a third-person bio (no more than 60 words) to publish along with your piece. Please make sure to include your pronouns as well. If it is a visual art or photography submission, a high-resolution jpeg attachment is fine.

Submission Fees & Tip Jar

Submissions are always FREE, but if you’d like to donate to our charity of the month, please click the PayPal button below. To be clear, we do not keep any of the donations for Collective Unrest or our editors. August’s charity is Everytown, which is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

Our response time varies considerably. It could range from a couple days to a few months, depending on the number of submissions we get. If you haven’t heard from us in 3 months, feel free to email us and give us a little nudge.

What we are looking for

Poetry: Submit 3-5 poems, pasted in the body of the email. If your poem has unique structure and line breaks, then a Microsoft Word document is acceptable (we may need to post it as an image in the event that WordPress won’t accommodate the structure). Don’t hold back. Give us your raw, gritty work.

Fiction: Submit 1 story, no more than 3,000 words, pasted in the body of the email.

Flash Fiction: Submit 3 stories, adding up to no more than 3,000 words, pasted in the body of the email.

Visual art: Submit 1-3 pieces, attached as separate high-resolution jpeg files. Include 4-6 sentences explaining your piece. We will publish this along with it.

Photography: Submit 1-3 photographs, attached as separate high-resolution jpeg files. Include 4-6 sentences explaining your piece. We will publish this along with it.

Personal Essays: Submit 1 piece, no more than 3,000 words, pasted in the body of the email.

Journal reports: Submit 1 piece, no more than 3,000 words, pasted in the body of the email.

Music: Submit 1 YouTube video, embedded into the body of the email with the lyrics pasted beneath it.

Other: Have something that doesn’t fit perfectly into one of these categories? Send it on over. Give us some context. Blow us out of the water.

Author & Magazine Rights

At Collective Review we ask for first publication rights (if it is an original piece) and the right to display the work for the duration of the journal. Copyright remains with the writer in all cases. If your work is subsequently reprinted elsewhere, please acknowledge Collective Unrest as the site of first publication.

Before posting, we edit stories and essays for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the like. We do not change the integrity of the piece—we just aim to tighten up the content. If we make what we feel is a significant change, we will request approval from the artist before publication.


Unfortunately, we do not pay contributors. We are committed to a free submission process and everyone involved with Collective Unrest is an unpaid volunteer. We choose not to charge for submissions, because that inherently creates a divide between who can and cannot submit, between who can and cannot express their unease, fears, emotions, and experiences.

We do not and never will utilize advertisements or any other forms of income, because we want to remain an underground, grassroots organization. We don’t believe that you can put a price on social justice, nor should you want to.

That being said, we nominate for the Pushcart Prize and Best of Net Anthology, and we will promote you on social media.