Permanent Call for Poetry, Art & Photography


Permanent Call for Poetry, Art, & Photography

Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is a double-blind peer reviewed, open-access, multidisciplinary journal that has been published since 1995. We are carried online by both Proquest Research Library and EBSCO SocIndex.

Reflections authors and readers familiar with the mission of the journal are welcome to submit poetry, artwork, and photography that fit with the journal’s purpose. We welcome creative forms of expression that engage helping professionals in poetic and visual ways to our sections on Practice, Practicum Education, Teaching & Learning, and Research as well as to our Calls for Special Themed Sections.

Guidelines for art, poetry, and photography submissions

  • Is original imaginative work which has not appeared nor is under consideration to appear in a refereed publication
  • Conveys a theme relevant to the helping professions
  • Portrays interpersonal interactions, witnessed events, or felt experiences in a creative format
  • Sparks engagement, reflection, and meaning-making
  • Contains a contextual paragraph that provides the reader with an understanding of what inspired the poet/artist/photographer to produce this creative expression

If the work being submitted to Reflections has been made public in any way, it is the submitter's responsibility to share that information and the reference with editor upon submission.

Section Descriptions

Practice Section (Drs. Patricia Gray and Joan Blakey, Co-Editors) - The process of being a practitioner or becoming a recipient of service can stimulate valuable narratives as well as other creative expressions such as poetry, art, and photography. For example, they may give voice to practitioners who work and advocate with individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities; participate in social justice and civic engagement work; or become recipients of service in the very systems in which they have practiced.

Practicum Education Section (Dr. Beth Lewis, Editor) - The process of practicum advisement and instruction, as well as the experience of being a student in a practicum, can stimulate valuable creative expressions.  For example, consider writing a brief narrative paragraph introducing a poem, a piece of art, or a photograph inspired by insights gained from process recordings and verbatims or from supervisory relationships or other field experiences in which co-learning occurred. 

Teaching & Learning Section (Dr. Arlene Reilly-Sandoval, Editor) - The process of teaching, or being a student, continues the journal's practice of publishing narrative accounts about education and training. These creative expressions could be a poem, piece of art, or photograph that, along with a brief narrative paragraph, reflect on these experiences. For example, classroom experiences, teaching innovations, university-community partnerships, continuing education, and other formal learning opportunities offer valuable insight.

Research Section (Dr. Crystal Coles, Editor) - Although Reflections does not publish research results or literature reviews, the journal has a long history of publishing narratives of the interpersonal aspects of the research process. Poets, artists, and photographers may be inspired to submit their work, accompanied by a short narrative as well. For example, explore the experience of collaboration in the design, development, implementation, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative studies or program evaluations.


Submissions of poetry, art, and photography accompanied by a short contextual narrative are welcome. 

To submit a narrative you must first "Register" with Reflections on our home page ( and follow the email instructions to activate your account. After registering, "Login," “View Profile,” and fill in the details requested in the various tabs. Most importantly, click “Author” in the “Roles” tab so the “make a new submission” link will be available under the “Submissions” tab on the home page when you are logged in. Once registered, you can "Login" and "make a new submission" at any time. Be sure to select the Section in which you would like to have your submission considered. For full instructions see Instructions for Authors.

For more information on submitting narratives, please contact us at and you will be put in contact with one of our Editors. 

We look forward to hearing from you!!

The Editorial Leadership Team

Editor-in-Chief: Darlyne Bailey, PhD, LISW (Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research)

Associate Editors: Monica Leisey, PhD (Salem State University); F. Ellen Netting, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Assistant Editor: Kelly McNally Koney, MSSA (The Kyla Alliance)