2021 PACDC Magazine Call for Creative Submissions

“Abolition is not absence. It’s presence. What the world will become already exists in fragments and pieces, experiments and possibilities.” – Ruth Wilson Gilmore

In the 2021 edition of PACDC Magazine, we will explore the fragments, pieces, experiments, and possibilities that lay the groundwork for the world to come.

To complement and complete written pieces, we also hope to highlight short prose, poetry, and visual art in this publication. Publication release will be Thursday, April 22, 2020 at PACDC’s Virtual Gala and Awards Ceremony.

About this Project

PACDC is currently looking for creative submissions that help create a vision for the world we seek and steps we could take to create that world. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Racial Justice
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Community Organizing
  • Health
  • Education
  • Environmental Justice
  • Immigration

We especially welcome submissions from youth under 18, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming Philadelphians, immigrants, and people with disabilities.

Submissions are due Monday, February 8th at 11:59 pm.

Email submissions to zhall@pacdc.org.


We will issue a $250 stipend for selected submissions to honor the expense of your time and talent, but we recognize that this could never be commensurate. Please feel free to contact us prior to creating an original piece for the magazine. We will also happily reprint existing work.

Materials Release

We will ask you to sign a standard materials release form, but most importantly, PACDC claims no ownership of selected work.  Questions? Direct all questions via email to Zakya Hall at zhall@pacdc.org