Writers who are prison inmates seem particularly isolated from potential mentors and writing peer groups. Very few publishers specialize in their stories. Writing workshops for inmates offer education and inspiration, but the participants are bound to have a difficult time finding additional outlets for their creative work.
These are a few of the organizations that provide publication resources to, or publish the work of, currently and formerly incarcerated writers. Maybe prison workshop instructors will share this list or consider founding a new publication.
- American Prison Writing Archive
- The Bare Lightbulb, BleakHouse Publishing, and BleakHouse Review
- The Beat Within
- Captured Words, Free Thoughts
- Create (Arts) Limited’s Inside Stories
- Not Shut Up
- NY Writers Coalition
- PEN’s free Handbook for Writers in Prison
- Pongo Teen Writing
- Prison Arts Coalition (PAC)
- Prison Creative Arts Project’s Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing
- Voices UnBroken
- Words Beyond Bars
I’ll add to this list when I notice more in this niche. Please feel free to leave a comment about any publication I’ve overlooked.
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