The Awakenings Review
The Awakenings Review, Volume 7 Number 2, Fall 2018

The Awakenings Review is published by the Awakenings Project. Begun in cooperation with the University of Chicago Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in 2000, The Awakenings Review has been acclaimed internationally and draws writers from all over the United States and from several other countries including Israel, South Africa, Australia, Finland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Editorial Correspondence

Please address all editorial correspondence to:

Robert Lundin, Editor
The Awakenings Review
P.O. Box 177
Wheaton, IL 60187

Editorial Board

Robert Lundin, Editor
Irene O'Neill, Associate Editor
Audrey Sher-Walton, Assistant Editor
Virginia Goldrick
Sandy Mazurek
John Rakow

Submission Guidelines

The Awakenings Review is an annual literary journal published by The Awakenings Project. The Awakenings Review publishes original poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, essays, photographs, excerpts from larger works, and black-and-white cover art—all created by persons who have had a personal experience with mental illness.

Editorial Policy

A writer for The Awakenings Review (The AR) need not have a mental illness—we open submissions to family members and friends of people with mental illnesses. We do prefer that a writer have a mental illness of some type, and be willing to write about it, but that does not have to be the focus of the writings. The AR occasionally publishes special issues dedicated to specific topics, or featuring authors who live with a particular illness.

At least two members of The AR editorial board review each submission. If a submission shows merit, but is not deemed publishable as submitted, the reviewers' comments may be sent to the author along with an invitation to revise and resubmit their work.

Due to the number of submissions we receive, the review process may take more than a year. About one in ten of the submissions received are published in The AR.

Contributors selected for publication are not paid for their work. However, they will receive a complimentary copy of the journal in which their work is published when it becomes available, and additional copies at a discount.


Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Manuscripts should be mailed to:

The Awakenings Review
P.O. Box 177
Wheaton, IL 60187

You will be notified when we receive your submission.

Submission Guidelines

Material must be offered for first publication. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. However, if a submission is accepted by another publisher as well as by The AR, the author must notify The AR as soon as possiblre of their preferred publisher.

Individuals are encouraged to submit a body of work for review. With poetry, that means no less than three poems, or up to five pieces of poetry, or one short story (no more than 5000 words) per issue. If this limit is exceeded, the entire submission may be returned unreviewed.

Do not send The AR the original or sole copy of a submission.The AR does not accept responsibility for lost or damaged submissions.

Submissions will not be returned to the creator unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope with the correct postage.

Format for Submissions

Initial submissions are not accepted by email, however, providing us an email address in order to reach you is strongly advised.  If there is no email, a writer must include an SASE if he/she wants to hear from us.

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

PROSE and POETRY: A single copy of each submission should initially be mailed to The AR on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. For pieces under 300 words, handwritten is acceptable, but the AR does not accept responsibility for errors in typesetting.

The maximum length for all work submitted for a given issue is 5,000 words.

Pages should be numbered, and the writer's name, address, phone, and email address should appear at the top of the first page of each piece submitted.

Authors should be aware that an individual line of poetry that exceeds 60 characters in length cannot be printed as a single line when published.

Upon acceptance for publication, authors will be asked to email a copy of their works to in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. It is also acceptable to send it on a CD.

ARTWORK : The AR accepts B/W photographs, ink drawings, etchings, charcoal drawings, paintings, and graphics to be considered for cover art. Do not submit the original artwork.

The AR accepts photographs up to 8" x 10" in size. Do not send the original negative.

For other types of artwork, send a high resolution (600 dpi) digital image, with a description of the original work's size and medium. Three-dimensional art may be photographed and submitted, with the medium clearly written on the Letter of Authenticity.

Put your name, address, phone number and email on each piece submitted.

Only submissions with a self-addressed, stamped envelope with correct postage will be returned to the sender.

Mental Health History

Authors are strongly encouraged to include a cover letter describing their experience either as a mental health consumer, survivor of mental illness, ex-patient, family member or friend of someone who struggles with mental illness. While this information is voluntary and its absence will not preclude your work from being considered, if your work is accepted for publication you will be asked to submit a short biography where we would hope you could supply this information.


Writers and artists retain the copyright to their material. By submitting work, they agree to assign to The AR one-time rights for publication.


By agreeing to allow their work to be published in The AR, writers whose work is accepted agree to allow The AR to publish a brief biography of them in the print copy of The AR, and to permit The AR to publish their names and titles of their works on The Awakenings Project web site. With the author's permission, the work itself may also be published on The Awakenings Project web site. The Awakenings Project will take measures to protect writers' names from access by Internet “web crawlers” to ensure, to the best of its ability, the writer’s privacy. Access to information published on The Awakenings Project site cannot, however, be guaranteed to be inaccessible to all web crawlers.

Certification of Authenticity

The AR requires that all authors and artists include with their submission a signed certification of originality to warrant the work they are submitting is theirs and does not infringe on an existing copyright, legal contract, or the privacy rights of others. Click on the link below to view the required form.

Letter of Authenticity

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