Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) is excited to launch a 2024 anthology with publisher Unleash Creatives. We seek authentic, compelling, and polished short stories, creative nonfiction, humor, poetry, photography, and visual art.
Partners are an integral aspect of military life, at home and afar, during deployment and after homecoming. Partnerships drive military action and extend beyond being a battle buddy, wingman, or crew member. Some are planned while others arise entirely unexpectedly. Spouses, family, old or new friends, community, faith leaders, and medical specialists all support the military community. Despite their importance, the stories of these partnerships often go untold. This anthology aims to correct that: We will highlight the nuances, surprises, joy, sorrow, heroism, tears, healing power, and ache of partnerships. We invite you to submit the story about partnerships from your journey, so we can help tell it.
We are offering an Editors’ Choice Grand Prize of $500 and three genre prizes of $250 for winners in prose, poetry, and the visual arts. All finalists will be considered for publication.
Deadline: March 1, 2024
Accepting submissions from U.S veterans, service members, military spouses, family members, and caregivers. Leave all identifying information off the submission itself. The first round will be judged anonymously. You can submit one submission per category. Reprints accepted if not published within the last year. The writer / artist must retain rights to their work.
Visual Art Submissions
We abide by the CLMP Code of Ethics and pledge to conduct our contests as ethically as possible. Namely, submissions are read without identifying information and evaluated by at least two reviewers.
The Armed Services Arts Partnership builds creative communities where U.S. veterans and their families thrive through the arts. Through ASAP’s free classes and workshops, military-connected folks find community and belonging.
Unleash Creatives’ mission as a holistic arts organization is to support authentic storytellers and unleash the power of creativity across diverse communities. Their vision is to bring the joy of creativity to a wide representation of artists, writers, and readers through workshops, publications, and experiences. Their team will choose the Grand Prize winner.