Black and white photograph of a windmill for The Awakenings Review Fall 2020 cover

Exploration and Catharsis: Mental Illness and The Awakenings Review

Deadline: Year-round

The Awakenings Review is an award-winning literary magazine committed to publishing poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and photography by writers, poets, and artists who have a relationship with mental illness, either self, family member, or friend. Located in the Chicago area but international in scope, our hardcopy publication, published annually, is one of the nation’s leading journals of this genre. While we are most interested in works of recovery and healing, at The Awakenings Review we are not averse to providing a forum and liberating experience of all manners of work and a vehicle of insight for our readers. Refer to our submission guidelines at

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