Established in cooperation with the University of Chicago Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in 2000, The Awakenings Review is one of the nation's leading literary reviews entirely committed to publishing the works of artists, writers, and poets with mental illness. The AR looks for submissions from writers and poets who have a distinct relationship to mental illness-either self, family member, or friend.
Beginning in 2023, The AR will now be published twice a year- once in the spring and once in the fall! Since its inception in 2000, The Awakenings Review has been in publication roughly once a year. This new schedule is a substantial change in The AR’s direction. It’s felt that a twice-yearly publication will give The AR a greater and more credible position in the literary community and will reflect the strong interest in The AR by poets and writers who we publish.
The hard-copy journal publishes original poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, essays, creative nonfiction, photographs, interviews, excerpts from larger works, and black-and-white cover art.
A writer for The Awakenings Review (The AR) need not have a mental illness—we are open to submissions from 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.
In most cases, at least three members of The AR editorial board review each submission.
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.
Submitting Your Work
Editorial Review Board
Robert Lundin, Editor
Audrey Sher-Walton, Associate Editor
Hope Andersen, Assistant Editor
Sandra Jo Mazurek, Art Editor