Call for Submissions

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What: A call for art submissions on internationalism and global struggle for the 2016 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar

Deadline: May 30 2015

The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective ( is releasing its 15th calendar in the Fall of 2015. Over the years, we’ve turned our attention to various themes: grassroots organizing, COINTELPRO, and indigenous resistance. The theme for 2016 turns its attention to international solidarity and global struggle.

We are looking for 12 works of art to feature in the calendar, which hangs in more than 2,000 homes, workplaces, prison cells, and community spaces around the world. We encourage artists to submit both new and existing work.


As one of our editors David Gilbert writes, “In facing a system of unparalleled brutality and destruction, we need to remember the strength we have, as Malcolm X articulated so powerfully, in being part of the vast majority of humankind, the oppressed. The plunder of global labor and resources is the great source of imperialism's riches but also the basis for its greatest vulnerability, to be overextended and defeated. The corporate media usually whites-out the array of vital and promising struggles from women-led environmental movements in India, to campaigns for sustainable food agriculture in Africa, to mass-based efforts to develop participatory democracy in Latin America, to anti-austerity riots in Greece. Internationalism is the theme for our 2016 Certain Days calendar - both to highlight struggles and to promote solidarity, ‘the tenderness among peoples.’”

We encourage submissions from prisoners – please forward to any prison-based artists.


1. The calendar is 11” tall by 8.5” wide, so art with a ‘portrait’ orientation is preferred. Some pieces may be printed with a border, so it need not fit those dimensions exactly.
2. We are interested in a diversity of media (paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, computer-designed graphics, collage, etc).
3. The calendar is printed in colour and we prefer colour images.


1. Send your submissions by May 31 2015 to
2. Please send images smaller than 10 MB. You can send a low-res file as a submission, but if your piece is chosen, we will need a high-res version of it to print (at least 300 dpi preferably 600).
3. You may send as many submissions as you like.

Chosen artists will receive a free copy of the calendar and promotional postcards. Because the calendar is a fundraiser, we cannot offer money to artists.


The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. We are committed to doing work grounded in an anti-imperialist and anti-racist perspective. We work in solidarity with anti-colonial struggles, Political Prisoners and the rights of undocumented citizens and migrants. We are queer and trans liberationist. We raise awareness of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the United States and abroad, many of whom are now in their third decade of imprisonment. People on the streets should understand the history of today’s social justice movements and how that history is linked to solidarity for PPs/POWs. In addition to building that historical awareness, we emphasize the ongoing involvement and continued commitment of PPs/POWs in these same movements.

Proceeds from the calendar will be used for direct support work for Political Prisoners and anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist struggles in the U.S. and Canada.

“The loud calls to exclude and expel undocumented immigrants makes it sound like ‘they’ are trying to claim some of ‘our’ riches. Such assumptions turn reality upside down, since the uprootings and migrations are driven by U.S. corporations’ plunder of countries in the global South. That rip-off, along with the political and military interventions to sustain it, has wrecked most of those societies, impelling workers to migrate to be able to provide for their families… Guatemala is one telling example of why, in my opinion, our movements need to both fully back immigrant rights and actively support self-determination and self-development for all nations ravaged by imperialism.”

- David Gilbert, 2007 calendar introduction