Collective Unrest



Submission Guidelines

With a heavy heart, we are sorry to announce that Collective Unrest won’t be taking any new submissions from now on. The site will remain live so you can read all of the wonderful work we’ve published but we won’t be publishing anything new.

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. We do not accept multiple submissions. Please wait for a response before submitting another piece.

All work must somehow relate to our message of political resistance, social justice, and unrest.

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. We accept submissions from anyone with an open mind but we are especially interested in work from women, POC, immigrants, refugees, queer individuals, non-binary and trans folks, people with disabilities, individuals struggling with addiction or mental illness, and other underrepresented voices.

Email with your submission, a short cover letter, your Twitter handle (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.

If you have had work accepted by us, please wait to submit again until six months after your publication date before submitting again.

What we are looking for

Poetry: Submit 1-5 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).

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.

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.

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