Bellevue Literary Review and the Northwell Health Center for Gun Violence Prevention are collaborating on a special project, "Can Storytelling Prevent Gun Violence?"

We invite your creative contributions — poetry, prose, art, video — on your experiences with or thoughts about gun violence. All submissions will be considered for inclusion in our upcoming virtual event in Fall 2022, and/or featured on our website.

  • Have you experienced or witnessed gun violence?
  • Has your community been impacted by gun violence?
  • How can stories prevent or reduce gun violence? 
  • How do you imagine a world without gun violence?
  • How can we encourage the next generation to move towards real change?

Creative interpretation is encouraged! You may submit up to two submissions.


Prose: fiction/nonfiction (please indicate which genre in your cover letter,) 750 words max

Poems: up to 2 poems, no more than 2 pages total

Artwork: 2 images max, combined into a single document (pdf/jpg/png)

Video: 5 minutes max

Deadline: June 30, 2022 

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