We are  currently OPEN for submissions for our Spring 2018 issue, and as always, we are open year round for our blog submissions!

Reading Periods
August 7th through October 20th for Spring Issue
March 1st through April 16th for Contest Issue

These dates are subject to changes each year, but are listed at: http://www.sotospeakjounal.org/contests

For more information, please visit http://www.sotospeakjournal.org

Ends on October 20, 2017
  • We are open to any form of artwork. Past issues have included photography, sketches, paintings, digital media, and images of various installations and sculpture.
  • All submissions must be in jpg or tif formats at 300 dpi. Please submit individual entries as LastName_Title, and include dimensions if applicable, the materials used as applicable, a brief description of the submission, and a brief artist’s bio.
  • Please submit only once per reading period
Ends on October 20, 2017
  • We welcome submissions of personal essays, memoir, profiles, and other nonfiction pieces not exceeding 4,500 words.
  • All nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced with numbered pages.
  • Please include a third person bio to go along with your submission in the cover letter option
Ends on October 20, 2017
Thank you for submitting to So to Speak!  Please adhere to all of the following guidelines to ensure your submission is the best it can be: 
  • Submit up to 5 poems (not exceeding 10 pages) per reading period. 
  • All poems should be submitted in a single document & in a single submission. We accept doc, docx, & pdf files. 
  • Include a cover letter & let us know how you heard of So to Speak
  • Include a brief third person bio in your cover letter (Please use the third person so we don't have to guess at your pronouns!). 
  • You can upload your cover letter as the first page of the document, or simply use submittable's "cover letter" field. 
We look forward to reading your work! 


Ends on October 20, 2017
Hi there! Thank you for your interest in sharing your work with So to Speak Literary Journal. We are looking forward to reading your short stories and flash fics. We are open to any and all perspectives and genres that you feel are appropriate for our journal. If you have further questions about the work we typically represent please check out at our Online Issues and/or visit our Who We Are page.

Also, please note:
  • Submissions should be 4,000 words or less, double spaced, and contain numbered pages.
  • Submissions must be formatted in a single .doc or .docx document that contains a cover letter followed by your work. 
  • In your cover letter please include your name, address, email, phone number, how you heard about So to Speak Literary Journal, and finally a brief bio describing your background as a writer and any previous awards and/or publications you may have received.
**Simultaneous submissions are welcome! But be sure to let us know this in your cover letter and please let us know if the piece gets accepted elsewhere.**
$11.00
Purchase So to Speak's 2016-2017 contest issue. 

Winners of this year's contests are 
  • Poetry: Anita Olivia Koester-- "Tapestry with Drunken Elk"
  • Fiction: Kelley Ann Bell-- "Resurrection Man"
  • Nonfiction: Deb Jannerson-- "Scarring"
  • Visual Art: Nahid Navab
Also featured in this issue: Flower Conroy, Jennifer Marie Donahue, Jessica Lee, GG Silverman
The cost is $11; please fill in the shipping information on the following pages to complete your order.
Ends on December 22, 2017$3.00
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In an effort to sustain itself and increase funds available to donate and fund events we hold for local Northern Virginia Nonprofits such as Casa Ruby (http://www.casaruby.org/who.html). Please consider donating. Donations do not make you more or less likely to be selected, but they will benefit our journal and the local Feminist community.

Note: these submissions will be read for our Spring 2018 issue