Inmate Art & Writing Resources

Inmate Art & Writing Resources

There is a growing list of resources for incarcerated men and women.  Many of these links focus on gathering first-hand experiences of what life is like while serving time.


AMERICAN PRISON WRITING ARCHIVE

198 College Hill Rd., ClintonNY 13323

The American Prison Writing Archive is an in-progress, internet-based, digital archive of non-fiction essays that offers the public first-hand testimony to the living and working conditions experienced by prisoners, prison employees, and prison volunteers. Anyone who lives, works, or volunteers inside American prisons can contribute work to the APWA. They seek authors who write with the authority that only first-person experience can bring. Non-fiction essays, based on first-hand experience, should be limited to 5,000 words (15 double-spaced pages). Clearly hand-written pages are also welcome. They charge no fees and read all writing submitted. A permissions-questionnaire MUST accompany all submissions. Download questionnaire here.


CELL DOOR MAGAZINE

12200 Road 41.9, Mancos CO 81328
The Cell Door Magazine is written for a free audience by prisoners or people who are family members or friends of prisoners. Our goal is to develop an audience who reads The Cell Door Magazine for its educational and entertainment value and quality, learning in the process that prisoners are intelligent, personable, talented human beings. We will definitely consider all submissions. We publish art, poetry, essays, news, opinion, fiction, humor, and inmate cases.


GASSHO NEWSLETTER/ATLANTA SOTO ZEN CENTER

Attn: Gassho, 1167-C Zonolite Place, Atlanta GA 30306
The Gassho newsletter is a free publication created by and written for incarcerated sangha practitioners. Articles discuss prison life and the practice of Buddhism for those serving time. Each issue is produced in conjunction with the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. You may write and request to be on the mailing list. Also, we welcome questions, articles, artwork, etc. from prisoners for publication.


PEN PRISON WRITING PROGRAM

588 BROADWAY, SUITE 303, NEW YORK, NY 10012
Free “Handbook for Writers in Prison” upon request. Also sponsors annual writing contest for prisoners. State and national resources can be found at National List of Creative Writing Programs in Prisons, Jails and Reentry


PRISON ART GALLERY

SAFE STREET ARTS FOUNDATION, BOX 58043, WASHINGTON DC 20037-8043)
The mission of the Prisons Gallery of Art is to showcase the talent of men & women in prison while raising funds for these artists and for the Prisons Foundation’s ongoing efforts to promote the arts and education in prison and alternatives to incarceration.  If inquiry is sent about art submission, will send a packet of information regarding what art sells, how to submit, etc.  Takes approximately 2-3 weeks to respond.


THE PRISON ART PROJECT

P.O. Box 47439, Seattle, WA 98146-7439
Sells prisoner-created artwork and crafts over the Internet (except any writings). Send self-addressed stamped envelope for free brochure. Send only copies, no original art accepted.  If an item sells, they will contact the prisoner or his/her agent.


PRISON RENAISSANCE

Prison Renaissance publishes an online literary journal of work by incarcerated authors.


PRISON WRITERS (Prison Advocacy Project)

Prison Writers mission is to give incarcerated people a voice and to educate people on the outside about what is really happening inside America’s prisons. Incarcerated writers gain a sense of confidence and pride knowing their words are being read by the general public. Prison Writers believes those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. (New Writers Guide)


PRISONS FOUNDATION

2512 Virginia Ave NW, #58043, WashingtonDC 20037

Prisons Foundation publishes books written by or about prisoners. Their publishing program includes all types of books or manuscripts published on their website in the exact manner submitted, with no censorship and no charge to publish a book online. The prison author retains full rights to their book, for later placement with a literary agent or commercial publisher if desired. Placing a book on their website will help bring it to the attention of agents and larger publishers. Additionally, the Foundation exhibits art by imprisoned artists at its many galleries and presents prisoner-written plays annually at the Kennedy Center.


SHAKESPEARE PRISON PROJECT

Providing opportunities for incarcerated men and women to study, rehearse, and perform the works of William Shakespeare.


TENACIOUS: ART AND WRITING BY WOMEN IN PRISON

Victoria Law
PO Box 20388, New York, NY 10009
Zine by female inmates. $3 per zine, back issues available.

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