Words in Quarantine

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The Covid-19 crisis has impacted everyone, and writers are no different. Life in Quarantine provides a space for writers in our communities to share how they are responding to this new historical moment. What better way to understand the rich and varied ways they are reacting to our changed life conditions than reading what they write? We want to celebrate them, their resilience and ingenuity, and help their voices reach others.

Welcome to Words in Quarantine, a virtual literary salon where we showcase creative writing! Our goal is to introduce and feature authors at various stages in their careers to the Life in Quarantine community: from published professionals to aspiring wordsmiths, from prize-winners to simply enthusiastic practitioners of the written word. We invite you to share your work! A community of words: Words in Quarantine.

All of the contributions published here were produced during the pandemic, even though only some address it directly. They provide us glimpses into the creativity of our time, and we encourage our community to engage with the authors and invite others to participate.

We’re eager to read what you’ve been writing under quarantine conditions! This could include fiction or non-fiction in the form of poetry, short stories, essays, etc. We accept multi-genre submissions, as long as they comply with our guidelines (for prose works, a maximum of 2,000 words; for poems, up to 10).

We hope you will share your work with the Life in Quarantine community!

If you would like to share a personal story or perspective with our global archive, please visit Submit your Story.

If you would like to write a blog series for us, learn how at Blogs in Quarantine.

If you have any questions about submissions, or would like to know more about collaborating with Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic, you may contact our team at liqstanford@gmail.com.

Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic is an initiative sponsored by the Poetic Media Lab and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.

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Stanford, CA 94305
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