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 IHRAF Publishes - Youth

Uma Menon, EDITOR

Call for Submissions

SUBMIT TO IHRAFPUBLISHES@GMAIL.COM

IHRAF Publishes-Youth is new platform initiated by IHRAF Youth Fellow Uma Menon for writers under the age of 21 to submit poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, essays or any other format that comes from the heart, and focuses on social and activist themes. We base our work on the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement, and hope that these will be reflected in the submissions!

If you would like to be included on our platform, please submit writing to the Editor, Uma Menon, at ihrafpublishes@gmail.com, and make certain that you note in the subject line “Youth Submission.” There is currently no pay for publication, but all successful entries will be promoted on our Facebook page (3000+ followers), via our monthly Mailchimp newsletter (2500+ recipients) and will be considered for print publication when we anthologize our best work.

Ariana Arroyo is an emerging writer who lives in New York. She hopes to publish a book and aspires to become a news anchor. Ariana considers writing a form of self-expression and activism. She is concerned about human and animal rights and utilizes writing to raise awareness about these issues. When she is not writing, Ariana enjoys expressing herself creatively in other ways.

Ariana Arroyo is an emerging writer who lives in New York. She hopes to publish a book and aspires to become a news anchor. Ariana considers writing a form of self-expression and activism. She is concerned about human and animal rights and utilizes writing to raise awareness about these issues. When she is not writing, Ariana enjoys expressing herself creatively in other ways.

The Sound of War

by Ariana Arroyo

I wake up to 

The sound of war

I awake to the sound of agony

And solid steel doors

I'm trapped inside 

The narrow confines

Of this old town 

Where nothing lives, but everything dies

        

I watch the bombs 

Bursting in air 

And hear the silence     

As the world watches without a care

Everything crashes down

I see it with my eyes

I watch the world that is cursed

Where my fate lies