The Protest Review is a transnational, quarterly free digital destination for youth, teachers, and community organizers to transform silences into a new literary canon that highlights voices in action through poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays, speeches, and visual art. Protest is a process of resistance, a form of disrupting oppressive systems that silence communities. Protest is the call from the community proclaiming that it is time to resist and abolish unjust oppressive forms of silences and systems. Protests are silence-breaking demonstrations that form a basis for social movements, expressions of political participation. Social movements mobilize the community to present the alter/[narratives] through creative avenues to bring to the public the vision for the future. Protest is an essential element of change.
The Protest Review showcases and identifies the creative work of new and emerging poets, writers, and visual artists within our communities. We are a transnational, intersectional, and intergenerational platform with the intention to expand the conversation on what Protest means in our communities. We welcome poetry, fiction, personal essays, memoirs, opinion pieces, as well as art and photography. The goal of our journal is to assemble in each issue, a broad range of voices, perspectives, and experiences that make up who we are in our community.
The Protest Review seeks out particular focuses on poets, writers, and visual artists who share their experiences and stories on activism, revolution, resistance, and navigating the world around them. Perspectives from here and there, the diaspora, and from in between and across borders are encouraged to break silence. Artists and writers of color, LGBTQ+, climate change advocates, neurodiverse voices, intersectional organizers and educatiors, and those who are traditionally underrepresented in the field are especially encouraged to submit work. Submissions are accepted quarterly. See our submission guidelines for details.
Welcome to The Protest Review, an online transnational literary journal showcasing and identifying new and emerging poets, writers, and visual artists within our communities who work together to break the silence. Since its founding in 2020, The Protest Review has devoted itself to publishing insightful artists who seek to understand the world around them and call attention to the injustices of their world, to the joys of what it means to be alive, and to give words and images that encompass our shared human experience.
For Issue 2, Volume 1, we look forward to breaking the parameters that we have comfortably built around voice, memory, and silence. If there is something we have learned, as a community during our times is that change is non-linear, intersectional, and intentional. As the global community raises critical questions about the rate of change, we must also be prepared to address the next generations of questions that will come. Light is shed on the knowledge that has raised us to be intentional with our words and silence(s). Where do our silences come from? Some of us have roamed, walked, lived, and loved in multiple places. This journey around the world of our personal lives intersect with new languages, new ways of knowing, fluid identities, [altar]native ways of critically thinking.
Some of us have shared our stories and others have yet to tell theirs. But when we do meet a new culture, how do we listen to the stories in that culture? With this in mind, thinking about the multiple locations and places we can occupy in different levels of our lives, how do we convey the multiple meanings our stories have when shifting our context? How do we express our transitions as sources of knowledge? How can our stories and silence(s) inform the world’s re-envisioning of resiliency at the personal and collective level?
We look forward to hearing from you and publishing your work,
The Protest Review
The Protest Review is published four times a year and accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal essays, opinion pieces, art, and photography on a rolling basis. We are looking for new work that hasn’t been published anywhere else either online or in print.
Send us your stories. We accept flash fiction, short stories, multi-modal genre stories in all forms. 2000 words or less.
Send us your memoirs, personal essays, research paper, or even a book review. One to two pieces per submission. (2000 word limit.)
Up to three poems per submission.
Four pieces of artwork or photographs (scanned, jpeg format) per submission
Tips from the Editor:
Please submit unpublished creative poetry, prose, images, and other material that ignites and intrigues the reader’s imagination to take a more active role in their community. We are always interested in the work of young writers, artists, and poets.
Thank you for your interest in The Protest Review. Please take a look at our submission guidelines, and then fill out the form below. We look forward to reading and viewing your work.
We do not have time to give individual feedback on submissions. However, if something really strikes us, we may feel compelled to write you a message back.
Unfortunately, we cannot pay at this time, but if accepted, we hope you’ll add your achievements to your resume, post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, send in an email or text forms about your accomplishment. We will happily do the same.
You are invited to break silence today.