Wordpeace Issue 8.1, Winter/Spring 2023

Welcome to Wordpeace’s winter/spring 2023 issue!
WORDPEACE is a multi-genre digital literary project dedicated to world peace and social justice.

In this issue you will find poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and visual art in conversation with social justice issues and world events.

Our cover art this issue is a gorgeous photograph of the reflection of water, trees and sky by N. Taylor Collins.

We publish semi-annually, with submissions open in February/March (for August/September publication) and October/November (for January/February publication).

A submission link is below! Please scroll down.

A Note from Founding Editor, Lee (Lori) Desrosiers:

Monica Hand and I founded WORDPEACE in the hope of making a difference, despite having to live our lives, care for our families, and continue writing and publishing. Monica isn’t with us anymore to see the continuation of this vision, and I miss my friend. Every issue of this journal/project will be dedicated to her.  We are so blessed to have Monica Barron (non-fiction), Lisa C. Taylor (fiction and poetry). Lee Desrosiers (poetry) and Russell Taylor (visual art) choosing work for the journal. We all want to stand up to indifference by publishing work that inspires people to think, in the hope that it will spur some to activism, and hopefully will help pave the way to kindness, sensibility, peace and social justice.

Lee (Lori) Desrosiers
Founding Editor & Publisher, WORDPEACE.CO

Wordpeace submissions are currently closed – reopen Oct. 1st.

We are currently closed for general submissions and our special section on Bodily Autonomy for the summer/fall 2023 issue.  Submissions will open again Oct. 1st through Nov. 30th. More info:

There will be a new themed section on Bodily Autonomy in the summer/fall 2023 issue, coming out in July 2023. We’d like to give space to the losses due to Roe being overturned, but also to the backing away of civil society from the extension of autonomy to trans people and other marginalized groups.

Future submission periods for WORDPEACE, a semi-annual online journal of literary response to world events will be October 1 – December 1, 2023 and Feb. 1 – March 30, 2024. Poetry, short fiction, non-fiction essays and visual art are welcome. The journal is published twice yearly at wordpeace.co, usually in July and February. 


in memoriam

This and subsequent issues are dedicated to my beloved friend, co-founder of WORDPEACE and poetry editor, Monica Hand who passed on December 16, 2016 after a short illness. She was a PhD student at the University of Missouri and a professor at Stephens College, and has been a force for poetry through her enthusiasm, her scholarship and through her book, me and Nina which won the Alice James Award in 2012. Monica’s powerful second collection, DiVida: Poems was published posthumously in 2018 by Alice James Books.

Lori Desrosiers