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Issue #2: Aftermath

Epoch literary journal is thrilled to announce that our inaugural issue, ‘Beginnings’, is available for preorder.

We will be accepting creative nonfiction submissions of writing and artwork to be considered for our Spring Issue: Aftermath from 1 November 2020 to 31 December 2020 (11:59pm BST). In addition to the standard payment for each contributing author, we will select one piece of writing in every issue and the author will be awarded an additional £25 prize. This selection will be our ‘Feature’ piece for that issue, and be made available to the public on our website (as well as published in the journal).

We offer this featured story so that potential readers or subscribers have an opportunity to connect with and evaluate a piece that we believe represents that issue.

Cover Art submissions should be sent to our Arts Director, Hillary: hillary@epochpress.org, from 1 November to 30 November to be considered.

These art submissions will also be entered with consideration for general publication in Aftermath, unless specified otherwise. Standard payment for contributing artists is £15, while the artist of our Cover Art will be awarded £25.

Please visit our Submissions page for more details.
We are also accepting manuscripts. Please mail any manuscripts you wish to be considered to the Epoch Press office, found on our Contact page.

If you’d like to support Epoch, visit our shop to purchase an issue or some merchandise— or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Have a question about literary journal submissions, submitting a manuscript, the current issue, or other enquiries? Please contact the Epoch Press staff. 

Charity Collaborations for ‘Beginnings’

Creative nonfiction is especially entangled with the society and world that inspires it. It is a priority for us to use our platform to do what we can to improve that world. As such we will be selecting up to five charities for each issue relating to either the theme or current events, and offering those organisations a full page of free advertising in our journal. We are a small independent press with a limited budget but big goals— as such, we are actively considering what else we can do to spotlight their work and make a monetary donation.

The Bail Project

The Bail Project is a national non-profit organization on a mission to combat mass incarceration by transforming the pretrial system in the U.S. Our community-based teams work with local partners to bring immediate bail assistance to thousands of people each year, reducing the human suffering caused by unaffordable cash bail, restoring the presumption of innocence, and building on the work of grassroots movements for decarceration. In addition, The Bail Project collects data and stories to support advocacy and reform. Through these efforts, we seek to transform pretrial justice for future generations, bringing us one step closer to ending mass incarceration and racial and economic disparities in the U.S. criminal legal system. 


We recommend that our readers learn more about the work they do and offer a donation if possible.

Scottish Women’s Aid

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline operates a 24/7, free and confidential service. It is for anyone who wants to talk about their own experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, whether it’s happening now or if it happened in the past. The Helpline also supports people who are concerned about someone they know, and professionals who support survivors in their workplace. The service is staffed by a dedicated team of specially trained staff who will believe and support anyone who gets in touch – they will listen without judgement and they will never force callers to take any steps they don’t want to. Whether it’s practical tips for planning to leave an abuser safely, or just someone to listen and offer emotional support, the team are there day and night.

People can call the Helpline on 0800 027 1234 or they can reach out via email or webchat at www.sdafmh.org.uk

Mermaids

Mermaids is a charity for transgender and gender questioning young people and their families. Mermaids run local groups, host weekend residentials, attend events and have private forums where parents and young people can gain peer support in a safe environment. They also offer training for schools, workplaces and other professional environments to help trans people feel respected and understood in all areas of their lives. Mermaids believes that transgender children deserve the freedom and confidence to explore their gender identity wherever their journey takes them, free from fear, isolation and discrimination. 

They provide a helpline service via phone, email and web chat which supports parents, professionals and young people, open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday. Or consider donating to help their cause.

The African American Policy Forum

After the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in 2014, the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) joined thousands of others to protest anti-Black police brutality, marching under a banner with the names of Black women killed by police. When AAPF didn’t hear their names, they began chanting “Say! Her! Name!” That’s when the #SayHerName campaign was born.

The movement is the outcome of the intersectional prism that the organization has been amplifying, deepening, and practicing since 1996. It pays heed to the fact that Black women are often erased in their push for social change while facing the double-bind of racist and sexist oppression. It calls out the circumstances in which Black women who cry out for help face punishment, abuse, assault, and even death. Most fundamentally, it resists the erasure of Black women by telling their stories.