Edition #15 – Rest

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This month’s Wake up screaming will touch on themes of rest, retreat and recuperation, but also on themes such as dreams, autumn, hibernation, maybe even reaching into realms of death, religion and perhaps some themes I haven’t even thought about yet. I will be thinking about rest and how this can enhance my creative action in the long run. 

After a year of leading our readers into the abyss of epic subjects such as Dreams, Trees, Alchemy. In this edition, I will let go and be led by you the contributing artists as we explore the landscape of rest. 

If you would like to contribute to this months edition on “Rest”, why not write an article, between 600-1200 words, about your chosen rest related topic, this could be related to sleep, meditation, hibernation, illness, death, the night time, to name a few ideas, but we would rather receive work on subjects we have not considered, that fall within the realms of rest. We look forward to hearing your creative ideas.

I am also interested in hearing the artist’s experiences of retreats, meditation, creative or otherwise, and from people running creative and spiritual retreats. 

The edition will be published online at www.wakeupscreaming.com in October.

Please read our full submission guidelines and check out some previous editions, before submitting your work. 


Do you need rest? Want to take a break. Perhaps retreats, or sleep is what you do best? Maybe you are inspired by holidays, recharged by the sun or maybe your more enamoured by autumn, hibernation, recollecting and re-treating ourselves . Do you run a retreat, creative or spiritual, that you’d like to share? Maybe your best creative ideas come in times of rest? Maybe your a night owl and you sleep all day. If so, why not consider telling us about your relationship with rest. Maybe send some of your work, and / or sharing a short article 600 – 1200 words about your experiences and thoughts on the ideas outlined here, or even better, something that we haven’t even considered. 

We are also looking for short interviews with those who have attended or organise creative, meditation, spiritual retreats.

The pages of edition #15 will be open to submissions from artists in all forms. We are looking primarily for artist’s work and research relating to rest and retreat.  Perhaps you would like to put together some images and write some accompanying words telling us about your relationship and experiences with rest. 

We are accepting art in all its forms: visual pieces, writing, illustration, painting, drawing, animation, music, sound, photography, video, multimedia, films, installations, movement, dance, noise, soundscapes, songs, collaborations, creative writing, poetry and short articles 600 – 1200 words.

Or any combination of the above – we particularly like amalgamation and cross-pollination between mediums. 

New work, old work, published or not we are an open space designed for artists to respond honestly to interesting themes that we hope teach us something about ourselves and how to be. 

Please read the full submission guidelines and some previous editions, to understand the sort of submissions we are looking for. 



  • Please send your submissions to Matt@wakeupscreaming.com 
  • Please title the email “Submissions – #15 – Chance”
  • Tell us why the theme interests you and how your work relates to the theme. 
  • Attach images as .jpg at min 1500px width < 1.5 mb
  • Please title images like this: artist-name-and-name-of-piece.jpg
  • Send poems in the body of the email – no more than 4 poems per submission
  • Video – send a Youtube or Vimeo link
  • Music, send your SoundCloud or video link. 
  • Include your name, the names of your works, your location
  • Include a description of why the theme interests you and how your work relates. 
  • Include a link to your portfolio, and social media accounts if applicable. 

Deadline: 12 Noon GMT Sun 7th September

Release: New Moon Tue 9th Oct

We look forward to reviewing your submissions. 


I am Matt Witt, illustrator, artist, writer, musician… a human that likes to indulge in his creativity.

Wake Up Screaming is an arts magazine released with each New Moon, providing the editor and contributing artists with four week periods to explore and respond to themes relating to art and psychology, creativity and consciousness, waking up and approaching creativity as a means of personal development.

We are a multimedia, interdisciplinary magazine, we love variety and cross-pollination. We publish visual art, illustration, writing, poetry, music, films, animations and collaborations. Read more

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