COVID-19 archive, Documentary, Journalism and writing Projects from across the country are working to preserve and record the experiences of people living and working inside prisons, jails and detention centers in the United States. The following are Projects that are currently inviting submissions.

The Covid Collection (Exchange for Change)

The Covid Collection, a one-time literary journal publication, seeks compelling prose, poetry and art from incarcerated writers residing in a state or federal facility. Submissions should include work that was created during the quarantine period. It does not have to relate to Covid-19 but the submission should reflect the unique experience going on inside your carceral setting. Fiction, non-fiction, personal essays, poems, drawings encouraged. One submission per person. For poetry, three poems or less with a maximum of 1500 words. Prose, 1500-word limit. Shorter pieces encouraged. Submissions do not have to be typed but must be legible. Include your full name, and DOC number so we can contact you. Submissions may be done anonymously, with a pen name, first name only or full name. Please include a few lines about yourself as your bio.

Deadline July 15.

Send to Attn: Covid Collection, c/o Exchange for Change 2103 Coral Way 2nd Floor Miami, FL. 33145

Prison Journalism Project and Mourning Our Losses

Please note: this call is only for written materials; it is only one facet of the Mourning Our Losses project, which will be sending a more detailed call for submissions in the very near future.

Reliable information about the health conditions that confined people are experiencing in the face of Covid-19 is in very short supply. People outside need to hear from the most vital witnesses to current confinement practices. The Prison Journalism Project (PJP) and Mourning Our Losses (MOL) are projects that are asking anyone who lives or works in jails or prisons to write about their experience, for posting on the PJP and MOL sites, which will be dedicated to Covid-19 reports from inside. We’re open to reports of facts and conditions, critical assessments of practices, eulogies for the dead, expressions of distress, historical assessments, etc. We will also accept various genres: essays, fiction, poems, interviews, etc. We ask that submissions draw on the direct knowledge of authors, avoiding rumor, and that authors respect the privacy wishes of others whenever these are clear.

Word limit: 1,500 words

Our policy is to accept, edit and post—in whole or excerpts—all the testimony we receive unless it is judged to place its authors or others at risk.

Send to both Prison Journalism Project and Mourning Our Losses

Via E-mail/JPay:  prisonjourn@psu.edu

Via postal mail: Prison Journalism Project, 2093 Philadelphia Pike #105, Claymont, DE 19703

Please include your contact information so that we can reach you. 

Writers can publish under first names only, if requested. Please include a short, 2-3 sentence biographical note to accompany your work (with or without specific identifying information).

For long-term archiving of any non-fiction work (no fiction), also write to The American Prison Writing Archive: APWA, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton NY 13323-1218.


COVID-19 Prison Education Archive Project (Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison)

The COVID-19 Prison Education Archive Project invites all individuals in the field of higher education in prison to participate in documenting their experiences related to COVID-19. We invite all students, alumni, and their families, faculty, program coordinators, prison staff members, and anyone else impacted by the field of higher education in prison to help document the perspectives of individuals in our community during this pandemic, with the ambition of reflecting the wide-range of experiences in this time, in hope of learning from each other, and in an effort to connect our community in a time when we find ourselves physically distant. Our wish is that collecting these materials can bring a bit of solace and understanding in this transformative moment - solace and understanding for ourselves as well as future generations that may be able to make further progress in higher education and criminal justice by looking to our experiences.

We accept submissions of any length, typed or handwritten, including: 

  • Photos
  • Letters to and from teachers, students, friends, family members, Department of Corrections, etc.
  • Memos and official correspondence from prisons
  • Journal entries
  • Emails
  • Lesson Plans and assignments
  • Artworks
  • Creative Writing
  • Notes, memories, and obituaries of currently and formerly incarcerated students and alumni who tragically lost their lives

Submissions may be e-mailed to covid19archive@hudsonlink.org or mailed to: COVID-19 Archive, 23 State Street, Ossining, New York 10562

The Marshall Project: News Inside

News Inside is The Marshall Project's print publication, which is distributed in hundreds of prisons and jails across the United States. To place an order, complete theNews Inside registration form. For more information, contact News Inside at newsinside@themarshallproject.org. To read coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or contribute, visit the News Inside website.