About This Journal

Mend celebrates the lives and creative work of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people as well as individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. This annual publication showcases writing of all types, including fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. While prospective authors may submit pieces that describe their experiences with incarceration, the publication welcomes contributions on any topic. 



How to Submit an Essay to Mend
Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Writing submissions can be submitted by email or at the mailing address below. Legible handwritten submissions are welcome. Art submissions are accepted only via email.


Email submissions: mendthejournal@gmail.com


Mail submissions: 


c/o Patrick W. Berry

Syracuse University

 239 H.B. Crouse Hall

Syracuse, NY 13244


All submissions should include:

• Contact information (mailing address as well as email and phone number, if available).
 • A 50-word bio to be used if your piece is accepted.
 • A brief note confirming that you have been impacted by the criminal justice system.



• We accept only previously unpublished material.
 • You may submit up to 5 pieces of writing.
 • You may submit as many pieces of art as you like.
 • Written submissions should be no more than 6 pages (or 1,800 words).
 • Art files should be submitted as JPEGs (highest resolution available).
 • Electronic submissions should follow this naming convention: LastNameFirstName_Title


All accepted written pieces will be considered for an annual award that recognizes exceptional writing and includes a $100 prize.


If you have questions, please contact us at mendthejournal@gmail.com or at the address above.