The deadline for art, poetry, and short fiction submissions has been extended to January 31, 2024.



Because we have made many new friends and co-strugglers in the past few months, we have decided to extend the deadline for submissions to our first creative publication, Dream, Create, Liberate: A Future Without Family Policing.


Part of the work of abolition is to imagine a world that can exist outside of the damaging, punitive systems that overwhelmingly harm the people most marginalized in society.


Art and writing give us the power to turn these futures into something we can see, feel, and then build.


Here are some key points you need to know.

  • The contest is open to writers and artists anywhere in the world, however, we will prioritize artists and activists who have been directly impacted by the family policing system and artists and activists living in impacted communities.
  • Finalists will be judged by Adam Pendleton (Visual Art), Kiese Laymon (Short Fiction), and Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton (Poetry)
  • Three $1,000 prizes will be awarded– one prize for each submission category of art, short story, and poetry. Six additional finalists will receive prizes of $500.
  • The new deadline for submissions is January 31, 2024. Winners will be selected in February 2024.



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