HAZARD —Voices, a new literary journal from Kentucky River Community Care (KRCC), is currently accepting submissions for possible publication in its first edition. The editors will accept poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, first-person accounts, comics, photographs, and artwork. The deadline for all materials is Nov. 28.
Billed as “a literary journal for hope and recovery,” the journal is a special community project by KRCC to showcase art and writings from Appalachian Kentucky and beyond that provide more understanding of what it’s like to live with a mental illness or substance use disorder.
Officials with KRCC also note that the journal will celebrate lives in recovery and would like to receive writings, photography, and artwork that address that subject, as well.
Multimedia artist Charles Boggs and writer Mindy Beth Miller serve as the editors for the inaugural issue.
“We decided to call the journal Voices, because our hope is that it will give our mental health community a voice,” Miller said. “Mental health is a part of everyone’s health, and we believe it’s important for the world to hear these stories.”
Boggs and Miller noted that artists and writers who submit to the journal do not need to have a mental illness or substance use disorder, but their submissions do need to reflect that theme. For example, a character in a short story might be depressed or abuse drugs.
Submissions are also encouraged from the friends and family members of addicts and those living with a mental illness. An example would be writing a poem or first-
person account about your feelings and/or experiences supporting a friend who’s struggling with alcoholism.
“Our goal is to feature work from KRCC clients, who are often extraordinarily gifted creatively, with works by local people and regional and perhaps national artists and writers, who have produced pieces that relate to mental health and/or recovery,” Boggs said.
The editors are not interested in pieces with excessive sexuality, vulgarity, or profanity.
Please consult http://www.caneydigitalmedia.com/ for more information and instruction, and pay close attention to the guidelines.
All submissions of photography and artwork will be automatically entered into a competition for the first issue’s cover art, and all artists and writers whose work will appear in the issue will receive two complimentary contributor’s copies.
The target publication date for the first issue of Voices is Dec. 9.