We are  currently open for submissions for our Spring 2017 Contest issue. We look forward to seeing your work!

Reading Periods
November 15 - January 1st: Contest issue
January 1 through April 15: Fall 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 January 1, 2017$ 15.00
$ 15.00
So to Speak is honored to announce that Laura Ellen Scott will be the judge for our 2017 Fiction Contest.

Laura Ellen Scott's first novel was a fantasy set in Post-Katrina New Orleans called DEATH WISHING (Ig Publishing, 2011). She is now an author with Pandamoon Publishing, and her most recent novel is THE JULIET, a Western Thriller about a cursed emerald lost in Death Valley. Her next novel, THE MEAN BONE IN HER BODY, will be released in December 2016 and is the first book in the New Royal Mysteries set in a fictional college/prison town in Ohio. Laura splits her time between West Virginia and Northern Virginia, and she advises and teaches fiction writing at George Mason University.

The winner will be awarded $500, two copies of the prize issue, and publication in the journal. Up to three finalists may also be featured in the journal and will be eligible for publication in our annual print anthology.



Ends on January 1, 2017$ 15.00
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So to Speak is now accepting applications for the 2017 print publication. The contest in open to all forms of visual art, including: photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital and new media, and images of various installations and sculpture.

Juror: Nancy Sausser, Exhibitions Director. McLean Project for the Arts

Nancy Sausser has been the Curator and Exhibitions Director at McLean Project for the Arts since October of 2005.  She has been curating exhibitions for over twenty-five years, previously at Montpelier Cultural Arts Center and Harmony Hall Regional Center, both in Maryland.  In addition, she has worked to bring more art into the public schools as the Arts in Education Director at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  A sculptor and arts writer as well as a curator, her writing has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post and FiberArts Magazine, as well as in many exhibition catalogs.  Her sculpture has been shown around the Washington DC area most recently at Greater Reston Arts Center, Montpelier Arts Center and Glenveiw Mansion. Nancy holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Kenyon College and an MFA in Sculpture form the University of Washington in Seattle. 

The winner will be awarded $500, 2 complimentary issues, and publication in the journal. 


Entries should include:

*Cover Letter - Your Cover Letter should include your name, address, phone number, email address, how you heard about So to Speak, and brief bio.
*Resume
*Artist Statement - Enter a description of submitted work (300 words max).
*Images - Please submit 5-10 images. All entries of 2D and 3D work must be in jpg format at 300 dpi. Any video entries must be MP4 or MOV files.  For Please submit individual entries as LastName_Title.
*Image List - Include an image list with titles, year, dimensions, and medium. 


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$ 15.00

We are proud to announce Kerry Howley as the judge for our 2017 So to Speak Nonfiction Contest!

Kerry Howley’s essays, reviews, stories and reportage have appeared in The Paris ReviewHarper’sNew York MagazineGrantaThe New York Times MagazineSlateThe AtlanticThe Wall Street JournalGulf CoastVice.com, and frequently in Bookforum. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was admitted as an Arts Fellow and subsequently served as the 2012 Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. 

Howley is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program. She lives in Iowa City with her husband, son, and vizsla.

Kerry Howley is also the author of Thrown, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014. Writing in Salon, critic Lydia Kiesling called Thrown “extraordinary,” “incredibly bracing,” and reminiscent of “some of the boldest voices of twentieth-century fiction.” Novelist Lev Grossman called it “probably the most bizarre and fascinating book I’ve read this year” in the pages of Time, adding: “The precision of Howley’s prose reminds me of Joan Didion or David Foster Wallace…. She writes like somebody in ecstasy.”

Publisher’s Weekly said the book-length essay “threatens to remap the entire genre of nonfiction,” noting the “brilliant, dexterous prose.” A pick for best-of-the-year lists in Time, Salon, Slate, and elsewhere, Thrown is forthcoming in German, Dutch, British, French, and Swedish editions.


The winner will be awarded $500, two copies of the prize issue, and publication in the journal.

* We welcome submissions of personal essays, memoir, profiles, and other nonfiction pieces not exceeding 4,000 words. All work should be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are welcome.
* All nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced with numbered pages.
* Please send us your submission in a single document that includes your Cover Letter and work.
* Your Cover Letter should include your name, address, phone number, email address, how you heard about So to Speak, and brief bio describing your background as a writer or artist and any applicable awards or publications.

 





Ends on January 1, 2017$ 15.00
$ 15.00

We are proud to announce that the judge for the 2016-2017 So to Speak Poetry Contest is Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012). She earned her MFA from Old Dominion. Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

The winner will be awarded $500, 2 complimentary issues, and publication in the journal. Up to three finalists may also be featured in the journal.

To enter:
* Please send us your submission in a single document that includes your Cover Letter and work.

* Your Cover Letter should include your name, address, phone number, email address, how you heard about So to Speak, and brief bio describing your background as a writer or artist and any applicable awards or publications.

* Writers are welcome to submit multiple entries.

* Please send up to 5 poems, not to exceed 10 pages per submission.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Only previously unpublished work will be considered eligible.

All entrants will be eligible to receive a discounted copy of our Spring 2016 Prize Winners issue of So To Speak.

You will be notified electronically of the status of your submission.

$ 6.00
Purchase the 2015-16 So to Speak contest issue, featuring exclusive content in poetry, prose, nonfiction, and art by:

  • Emma Bolden, poetry prize winner
  • Emily Rose Cole, poetry prize finalist
  • Sarah Fetherolf, poetry prize finalist
  • Catherine Jagoe, nonfiction prize winner
  • Christine Stewart-Nuñez, nonfiction prize finalist
  • Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin, art prize winner
  • Meaghan Gates, art prise finalist
  • Becky Bosshart, fiction prize winner
  • Greta Wilensky, fiction prize finalist
This print edition is a limited-run volume with a hand-printed paper dust jacket
designed and printed by book artist Jennaway Pearson.

The cost is $15; please fill in the shipping information on the following pages to complete your order.