Call for Writing and Art Submissions: MEND Magazine
March 1, 2023

The Mend journal is currently accepting writing and art submissions for the 2023 issue. The deadline for consideration is March 1, 2023. Notifications will be sent out in the spring of 2023. Writing submissions can be submitted by email or at the mailing address below. Legible handwritten submissions are welcome. Art submissions are accepted only via email.

Mend is an online and print journal that celebrates the lives and creative work of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people as well as individuals who have been impacted directly or indirectly by the criminal justice system. This annual publication showcases writing of all types, including fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. While prospective authors may submit pieces that describe their experiences with incarceration, the publication welcomes contributions on any topic.

Email submissions: mendthejournal@gmail.com

Mailing address:

Mend Journal
c/o Patrick W. Berry
Syracuse University
239 H.B. Crouse Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

All submissions should include:

  • contact information (mailing address as well as email and phone number, if available)
  • 50-word bio to be used if your piece is accepted
  • a brief note confirming that you have been impacted by the criminal justice system.


  • We accept only previously unpublished material.
  • You may submit up to 5 pieces of writing or art.
  • Written submissions should be no more than 6 pages (or 1,800 words).
  • Art files should be submitted as JPEGs (highest resolution available).
  • Electronic submissions should follow this naming convention: LastNameFirstName_Title.

All accepted written pieces will be considered for an annual award that recognizes exceptional writing and includes a $100 prize.

If you have questions, please contact us at mendthejournal@gmail.com or at the address above.