Facing homlessness?

join Speak Up!

Since 2011, Speak Up has empowered over 500 people facing homelessness to take ownership of their stories, their finances and their futures. This successful approach is based on the proven truth that equipping struggling people to become self-employed micro-business owners creates dignity, stirs up hope, and replaces dependency with personal ownership.

If you are facing homelessness, you can sell magazines and earn money.

If you are facing homelessness, you can write for the magazine and get paid.

Sell the magazine.

In Charlotte, NC

If you are in Charlotte, NC, we’ll provide training, an initial seed of free magazines, ongoing support and training, and a welcoming local community.




Come to our office on Friday at 2pm.

501 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC

Anywhere in the U.S.A.

If you are anywhere else in the USA, we’ll provide a free digital copy of the magazine weekly, support to get started, and a supportive digital community.




Fill out the form below to get started.


Write for the magazine.

It starts with your story.

Each issue of Speak Up features a single story, article or theme. The best stories are personal, real and authentic.


All submissions are welcome. Publication is not guaranteed. Read the sample issues to get an idea of what gets published.

Recommended word length is 800 to 2,000 words.

Types of work accepted: Journal or diary entries, first-person stories, photo essays (words & pictures), interviews, as-told-to’s, personal narratives and autobiographies, original art—especially if autobiographical.


Payment is made upon publication. In addition to the agreed-upon fee, authors will also be awarded 20 copies of printed magazine.

Articles / Stories — $25 & Up

Stories & Original Photos or Art — $50 & Up

Email submissions to


Read sample issues below: