Call for Submissions – It’s Down to This Zine

We recently received a call for submissions for the second issue of “It’s Down to This” zine about survivor experiences.

Issue #1 is described as a compilation of stories, reflections, experiences, critiques, and ideas on community and collective response to sexual violence, abuse, and accountability. Issue #2 is an expansion on these responses. Submissions should focus on call-out culture, histories of responding to gender and sexual violence, or insights on consent culture and sex positivity culture. This zine will primarily focus on responses to violence within activist communities, political and social projects and people building communities of resistance. If you have experiences to share, positive, negative or in between, consider submitting them!

*The deadline for proposals is March 15th 2014*

To submit or for more information contact

You can take a look at “It’s Down to This #1” here:


Call for submissions for Everyday Abolition/Abolition Everyday Project

This new project will be launching a blog where people can post stories, art, poetry, interviews, etc. about what resistance to the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) looks like in our everyday lives.

Everyday Abolition/Abolition Everyday Project

The organizers of this project are hoping to create a space for folks to connect and think creatively about not only the ways the PIC impacts people’s lives and ways we respond to that and resist it, but also what we are doing everyday to create alternatives to that oppressive system. This resistance is happening in large and small ways, in the public and private spheres of life and community, and this project hopes to capture some of the complexity of this work and the vision for a different world that drives it.

call for submissions: fire with fire (a zine about sexual assault)

[we’re passing this on, please forward widely!] 

callout round #2 for fire with fire (a zine about sexual assault). 

this zine is being compiled largely in response to a zine that used to exist for many years called “fire with water” – this zine (fire with fire) is an effort to include people’s experiences that  in the past for reasons of feeling silenced by the implication that fire is most legitimately reacted to with water. that is, specifically trying to include those whose experiences don’t only include non-violence or non-violent strategies/reactions to experiences of sexual assault. 

sexual assault and sexualized violence impacts everyone, but everyone’s experiences of sexual assault and sexualized violence are different and are unique to them. people do what they have to do when they are experiencing violence. self-protection or protecting others can mean a lot of different things – including using violence or violent strategies. this zine is also an effort to specifically give recognition to the fact that the discrediting of violent strategies and tactics (and the promotion of non-violence as the “best” and “right” way to respond) helps protect rape culture, helps protect the state, and silences and erases so many experiences. 

also, everyone defines their own experiences for themselves. therefore, the point of this zine is not to suggest that ‘fire’ or ‘water’ mean anything except for what that means to a given person. what might seem like ‘water’ to one person might very well have felt like ‘fire’ to someone else. and what might seem like non-violence or even ‘passivity’ from an outside perspective might actually be the most fiery thing someone has ever been asked to do. 

this is therefore a callout open to anyone who wants to share experiences of sexual assault, sexualized violence, and/or supporting someone who has experienced sexual assault. while the theme of this zine does have a specific focus, submissions are welcome even if you don’t feel like they specifically fit the theme “fire with fire”. 

submissions can be written or image-based. 250-300 words is the suggested length for written submissions, but shorter and longer pieces are welcome as well. 

***les soumissions en français sont égalment invitées***

the deadline for submissions is NOVEMBER 15th

(the hope is to be able to have the zine ready for expozine!)

please send your submissions (and any questions or comments) to:

Survivors in Solidarity with Prison Abolition — Anthology Call for Submissions — DEADLINE EXTENDED


Survivors in Solidarity with Prison Abolition


Working Title: Challenging Convictions: Survivors of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Writing on Solidarity with Prison Abolition.

Completed submissions due June 15, 2012.

Like much prison abolition work, the call for this anthology comes from frustration and hope: frustration with organizers against sexual assault and domestic violence who treat the police as a universally available and as a good solution; frustration with prison abolitionists who only use “domestic violence” and “rape” as provocative examples; and, frustration with academic discussions that use only distanced third-person case studies and statistics to talk about sexual violence and the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). But, this project also shares the hope and worth of working toward building communities without prisons and without sexual violence. Most importantly, it is anchored in the belief that resisting prisons, domestic violence, and sexual assault are inseparable.

Organizers of this anthology want to hear from survivors in conversation with prisonabolition struggles. We are interested in receiving submissions from survivors who are/have been imprisoned, and survivors who have not.  Both those survivors who have sought police intervention, as well as those who haven’t, are encouraged to submit. We are looking for personal essays and creative non-fiction from fellow survivors who are interested in discussing their unique needs in anti-violence work and prison abolitionism.

Discussions of sexual assault, domestic violence, police violence, prejudice within courts, and imprisonment cannot be separated from experiences of privilege and marginalization. Overwhelmingly people who are perceived to be white, straight, able-bodied, normatively masculine, settlers who are legal residents/citizens, and/or financially stable are not only less likely to experience violence but also less likely to encounter the criminal injustice system than those who are not accorded the privileges associated with these positions. At the same time, sexual assault and domestic violence support centers and shelters are often designed with certain privileges assumed. We are especially interested in contributions that explore how experiences of race, ability, gender, citizenship, sexuality, or class inform your understandings of, or interactions with cops, prisons, and sexual assault/domestic violence support.

Potential topics:
·      What does justice look like to you?
·      Perspectives on police and prisons as a default response to sexual assault
·      What do you want people in the prison abolition movement with no first hand experiences of survivorship to know?
·      How did you overcome depression/feelings of futility when dealing with these systems?
·      Critical reflections on why the legal system has or has not felt like an option for you
·      Perspectives on the cops/PIC participating in rape culture
·      Restorative justice and other methods for responding to sexual violence outside of the PIC? (if you are a settler be conscious of appropriations of indigenous methods)
·      How have you felt about conversations you’ve had about the PIC?
·      How sexual assault inside and outside of the PIC is treated by organizers against sexual assault, domestic violence, and the PIC
·      Police and prison guards as triggers
·      Responding to sexual assault and domestic violence when communities weren’t there for you
·      What the legal system offers survivors and what it doesn’t
·      Rants at manarchists, the writers/directors of televised cop dramas, and communities that let you down
·      Survivor shaming for reporting and for not reporting to police

Please submit first-person accounts, critical reflections, essays, and creative non-fiction to by June 15, 2012. Early submissions are encouraged. First time authors encouraged.

If you have questions, we welcome emails to with “Question”in the subject line. We are looking for both shorter pieces of writing and longer pieces, but if your piece is more than 20 pages consider sending us an email to run the idea by us.


Catharsis: Trans Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS due 7/31/12

Call For Submissions 4/3/12 **Please Share & Repost!**

Catharsis: Trans Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence is seeking written submissions from trans women who are willing to share their experiences of sexual violence and assault. The goal is to create a book-length collection of personal essays and stories from trans women about their individual experiences. Through compiling these stories, we hope to counteract the tendency of broader feminist dialog to deal with the subject of violence against trans women as hypothetical, ethereal, and comparatively minimal. We also hope that such a compilation would reinforce the place of trans women among all women and help to bring support and healing to our often overlooked communities.


What We’re Looking For: Stories of personal experience from self-identified trans women who are survivors of rape, sexual assault, or other sexual violence. Submissions should be roughly 2-5 pages in length and focus primarily on individual experiences and feelings. Because every individual processes these experiences in different ways, the “tone” of the collection will be left to the contributors. Anger, humor, grief, healing, indifference, etc. are all welcome themes. Those wishing to remain anonymous will have that wish respected and not be named in the final publication. Anonymity will be granted to the degree at which it’s requested, so please make your needs clear with your submissions.

Why Trans Women Only? The perception that trans women are less often targets of sexual violence is incredibly pervasive, even among allies to the trans community. This erroneous assumption is deeply rooted in cissexism, transphobia, and transmisogyny. While sexual violence affects many communities and is often taboo or “invisible” in those communities, trans women’s experiences are uniquely derided and ignored. This results in the isolation of trans women survivors, a culture of silence within broader trans communities, and a false pretense for the exclusion of trans women from feminist conversations about rape and assault. The purpose of this collection is to give voice to and encourage dialog around the specific reality of sexual violence against trans women. We are interested in work by trans women of all backgrounds, regardless of transition status, race, class, education, ability, age, orientation, or occupation. Any survivor of sexual violence that self-identifies as a trans woman is encouraged to contribute. To send submit your story, go to the Submission Form or mail your submission to:
Sawyer DeVuyst
Catharsis Project
195 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Anyone wishing to assist this project is encouraged to **forward this call for submissions widely.**

If you want to help further or have any questions please contact