We publish an ever-expanding collection of original works from lesser known and up-and-coming writers AND ARTISTS who seek to bring attention to urgent social justice issues around the world. We base our work on the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability, engagement and celebration of diversity. HRAM Publishes has presented work from 50 countries and 30 U.S. States.
IHRAM Publishes is moving to a quarterly, themed literary edition!
We will be focusing on the following concerns:
FIRST AND FOURTH QUARTER: VOICE OF A REFUGEE: RESILIENCE AMIDST DISPLACEMENT.
According to the UNHCR, 117.2 million people will be forcibly displaced or stateless in 2023 — this is up nearly 100% in the past decade, and the most in recorded history. This issue will drive our literary magazine, bookending our publication year.
We are eager to publish firsthand experiences and factual, sensitive retellings of refugee experiences. We are not looking to publish fictional interpretations of the refugee experience at this time.
Themes: Journey, survival, identity, belonging, loss and resilience, hope, community, solidarity, cultural preservation, chosen family and blood relation, integration into new cultures, intersectionality, and global perspective.
SECOND QUARTER: FEMININE EMPOWERMENT.
Though women comprise more than 50% of the world's population, they only own 1% of the world's wealth. In some places, women still lack rights to own land or to inherit property, obtain access to credit, earn income, or to move up in their workplace, free from job discrimination. In legislatures around the world, women are outnumbered 4 to 1.
We are eager to publish firsthand experiences by women, factual retellings of stories told by women in the author's life, and reflections of the writer's personal experience with gendered inequality. We encourage submissions from, regardless of gender identity!
Themes: Economic empowerment, workplace equality, legal rights, women in leadership roles, educational opportunities, violence against women, health and wellbeing, comparison of historical and contemporary women's voices, solidarity, femininity, gender expression.
THIRD QUARTER: CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN AFRICA.
Three out of four children do not attend any form of preschool in Central, West and sub-Saharan Africa. Over 20% of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school; followed by one-third of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14. Almost 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school.
We are eager to publish firsthand accounts from African Youth writers, reflections by adult writers on their youth experiences, and firsthand accounts from childhood educators, and factual retellings.
Themes: Access to education, barriers, early childhood development, childhood dreams and aspirations, value of the youth voice, role models, challenges faced by teachers.
Of course, we will continue to look, to listen and to learn about issues of concern for creators from Algeria to Zimbabwe, and everywhere in between! Up to 50% of each issue will be reserved for pieces that expand our understanding of human rights and social justice concerns not covered by the quarterly theme.
Please submit your ARTWORK, poem, short story, or essay (2500 words or less) to [email protected], along with the following information:
-Your full name and/or pen name.
-Your country of residence.
-A photograph of you (high-resolution with no filters)
-A brief third-person bio (2-5 sentences). If your bio includes references of your past work, feel free to provide links!
-A brief foreword to your piece, explaining your inspiration for writing the piece, background information, explanation of key characters, and any other key insight for the reader.
IHRAM Publishes pays $50 per accepted piece.