We are seeking first-person writing by an individual with a disability, in particular children and young adults. The submission does not necessarily need to be well-written and will not be edited.  We are especially seeking hand-written writing by children.

We only accept poetry concerning disability by two groups: disabled individuals themselves, and those who are part of the disability community such as a family member, caregiver, special educator, or in some way connected to the community.

Submit one (1) to three (3) poems.  Poems must concern a disability.

In your cover letter, include your name, mailing address, email address, disability, or connection to the disability community, and website, if applicable. Tell us a bit about yourself and your disability, how you found Pentimento, and the title(s) of your poem(s).  Also in the cover letter, include another paragraph of biography material, written in third person, eighty-five (85) words or less.  In the bio, briefly list publications, other credits, and awards, if applicable.  Please also state your disability or your connection to the community in your bio.  

Your actual submission should be your poem(s) in ONE document, each poem on a separate page within the document. The title of your entry uploaded to Submittable should be your first and last name, date of entry, and the words “poetry submission”.

On each page of the submission itself, include a header with the author’s name, disability, or connection to the community, your complete mailing address, email address, and date of the entry.

We require submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or (.docx), single-spaced in 12-point plain font such as Times, Times New Roman, or Courier.

The Readers’ Pen is a space in the magazine devoted to first-person writing by our readers on a particular topic.  The topic may be broadly interpreted, and submissions must be a true story with a disability-related theme.

Submissions may be heavily edited, and contributors can approve or disapprove of the changes prior to publication.

Topics for The Readers’ Pen are as follows:         


TOPIC                          DEADLINE                PUBLICATION DATE
Work                          March 31, 2015                Summer 2015
Education                   Sept. 30,  2015              Winter 2015/2016

    

Submissions may be submitted as “Name Withheld,” and we may choose not to publish an author’s name.

In the cover letter, please include the author’s name, address, email, disability, or connection to the disability community. We require that uploaded submissions be saved as Microsoft Word (.doc) or (.docx) files, single-spaced, and in a 12-point font such as Times, Times New Roman, or Courier.  

We are seeking photographs and artwork by individuals with a disability or photographs with a disability-related theme. We are also seeking artwork by children and young adults with a disability for the magazine cover and inside.

Photographs of individuals with a disability may be submitted. If accepted for publication, permission from the parent, guardian, or individual is required.

Submissions should be provided as .JPG or .BMP files (print quality, 300 DPI, etc.).  Color or black and white formats are fine.  Types of media accepted are drawing, sketch, watercolor,  photograph, etc.

Please include the artist’s name, address, disability, or connection to the disability community, and a brief bio.

We publish twice a year:  Summer and Winter.  We prefer submissions during the periods of January 1 to March 31 for the Summer issue, and July 1 to September 30 for the Winter issue. 

We accept essays and fiction concerning disability by two groups: individuals with a disability and those who are part of the disability community, such as a family member, caregiver, special educator, etc.

In your cover letter, include your name, mailing address, email address, disability, or connection to the disability community, and website, if applicable. Tell us a bit about yourself and your disability, how you found Pentimento, and the title(s) of your submissions(s).  Also in the cover letter, include another paragraph of biography material, written in the third person, eighty-five (85) words or less.  In the bio, briefly list publications, other credits, and awards, if applicable.  Please also state your disability or your connection to the community in your bio.  

On the submission itself, please include the author’s name as a header on each page. We require that uploaded submissions be saved as Microsoft Word (.doc) or (.docx) files, single-spaced, and in a 12-point font such as Times, Times New Roman, or Courier.  

We publish twice a year:  Summer and Winter.  We prefer submissions during the periods of January 1 to March 31 for the Summer issue, and July 1 to September 30 for the Winter issue. 

We accept essays and fiction concerning disability by two groups: individuals with a disability and those who are part of the disability community, such as a family member, caregiver, special educator, etc.

In your cover letter, include your name, mailing address, email address, disability, or connection to the disability community, and website, if applicable. Tell us a bit about yourself and your disability, how you found Pentimento, and the title(s) of your submissions(s).  Also in the cover letter, include another paragraph of biography material, written in the third person, eighty-five (85) words or less.  In the bio, briefly list publications, other credits, and awards, if applicable.  Please also state your disability or your connection to the community in your bio.  

On the submission itself, please include the author’s name as a header on each page. We require that uploaded submissions be saved as Microsoft Word (.doc) or (.docx) files, single-spaced, and in a 12-point font such as Times, Times New Roman, or Courier.