We are currently open for submissions for our online issue until April 18, 2020. For information on what our judges are looking for, please look at the corresponding genre. 

Blog submissions are open year-round. Please submit book reviews, essays, event reporting, etc. See our website for additional submission information. It's always a good idea to read a few of our blog posts (outside of a limited series) for a sense of what we're looking for. 

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

Our Spring 2019 Issue of So to Speak is available for purchase! The work in this issue was selected by judges Pam Houston (Fiction), Sandy Allen (Nonfiction), Victoria Chang (Poetry), and Erin Silver (Art). 

From the issue's Letter from the Editor, written by Editor-in-Chief Alexandria Petrassi: 

At every turn, the pieces in this issue strike at the systems that seek to oppress them with such a force that only art can conjure. Their tool of choice? Interrogation. They interrogate everything from the traditional family structure, to racial discrimination and tokenizing, to physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse, to a cruel and corrupt prison system, to harmful conceptions of gender, and more. In the wake of the interrogation comes revelation. And in the wake of revelation comes the rough edges of a vision — one in which the world is reformed, we recognize our bodies’ resemblance and connection to the natural world, in which people live and love however they see fit, and all people can feel equally safe, supported, and financially stable. 

The cover features multi-colored intersecting angles on the cover. (Look below for a sneak peek.) The cost is $12. You will also receive two complimentary back issues and a limited-edition broadside, while supplies last. Please fill in the shipping information on the following pages to complete your order. Thank you for supporting So to Speak

So to Speak's 2019 Spring Issue Cover: Multi-colored intersecting lines.  



Submission Guidlines

The So to Speak fiction team is looking for short stories and flash fiction pieces that engage, challenge, and surprise us. We are dedicated to So to Speak’s intersectional feminist mission, and we prefer to read works that also align with that mission. We particularly love stories that tackle multiple intersections (of race, class, ability, sexuality, and/or gender identity) and allow us to hear points of view that are not often heard.

We’re inspired by many great intersectional feminist authors doing important work—for instance, we’re currently in love with the stories of Carmen Maria Machado, who uses the speculative and the surreal to investigate the lives of queer women and the complex stories of their bodies. We also admire novelist Jesmyn Ward, who brilliantly captures complex intersections with beautiful, thoughtful prose and a distinct voice; Celeste Ng, who deftly explores intersections of class, race, and privilege; and R.O. Kwon, who crafts engaging narratives that interrogate the connections between race and religion.

In our time at So to Speak, the fiction team has seen many stories that reflect the perspective of white, cisgender, heterosexual women. While this perspective is not necessarily a bad one, it is a point of view that is often featured in fiction. We would love to see more works that challenge this hegemony and feature voices and stories that are not typically heard. While we appreciate that writers can write outside their own experiences, we prefer to read stories that come from an #OwnVoices perspective—in other words, we prefer stories that feature characters who explore intersections and perspectives that the writer themself is familiar with.

What we most want to read are stories that approach intersectional feminism in new and exciting ways, that add to and further the conversation. We want stories that see tried-and-true topics—motherhood, coming of age, assault, miscarriages—in new ways, and stories that see timely topics—immigration, sexuality, disability, class—in new ways, too.

In short, we’re looking for work that both engages with So to Speak’s intersectional feminist mission and engages us on a storytelling level. What happens in that space is up to you.

Please format all submissions in 12pt Times New Roman font, double spaced. Also, please pay careful attention to our word count limit—though our online edition is more flexible in terms of space, we can’t guarantee we will read submissions over 4,000 words.

Thank you for submitting! We’re so excited to see what you have to show us.


 In your submission, please upload and enter the following information: 

  • A single doc., docx., or pdf. file with a single prose fiction piece. Your submission should not exceed 4,000 words. All fiction submissions should be double-spaced with numbered pages.
  • A cover letter that includes 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. 
  • A brief description of how you see your piece (implicitly or explicitly) fitting into our intersectional feminist mission.

Please only submit once. Additional submissions beyond your first one will not be considered for publication for this issue.

Read previous online issues here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/online-issues/.
Find more information on our Submission Guidelines here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/guidelines/.
Find more information on our Mission Statement here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/about-so-to-speak/

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

For work that we admire, look to the work of Shze Hui Tjoa in our 2020  contest issue, Daniel Garcia in our 2019 contest issue, and Chelsea Hernandez in our 2019 online issue. Outside of our journal, we deeply admire the work of Melissa Febos, Jeannie Vanasco, T Kira Madden, Claudia Rankine, and Eula Biss. We appreciate the seamless integration of research as a means for diving deep into the personal. 

In short, we want to read essays that are felt in the bones, that are transformative, that shy away from easy answers.

In the past, we have received many submissions on the topics of birth,  breastfeeding, menstruation, and the male/female divide. We have also received several cis-centric submissions and work that ignores the perspectives of people who are not white, cisgender, heterosexual. While no content area is “off limits” for us, we ask that you submit work that contributes something new to the conversation. Moreover, we aim to  be a space for voices occupying intersections that are not always heard.  We deeply admire complex and sophisticated nonfiction that puts its subject under a tight lens, and does not ignore complications of  narrative.

We welcome submissions of personal essays, memoir, profiles, and other nonfiction pieces not exceeding 4,000 words. All nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced with numbered pages.

In your submission, please upload and enter the following information:
 

  • A single doc., docx., or pdf. file with up one nonfiction piece. Your submission should not exceed 4,000 words. All submission should be double-spaced with numbered pages.  
  • A Cover Letter that includes 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. 
  • A brief description of how you see your piece (implicitly or explicitly) fitting into our intersectional feminist mission.

Please only submit once. Additional submissions beyond your first one will not be considered for publication.

Read previous online issues here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/online-issues/.
Find more information on our Submission Guidelines here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/guidelines/.
Find more information on our Mission Statement here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/about-so-to-speak/

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

So to Speak Journal is looking for poetry which is (implicitly or explicitly) intersectionally feminist. If you’re looking to read writers whose work embodies the kinds of poetry that we’re inspired by, we suggest you read up on the work of Ada Limón, Danez Smith, Meg Day, and Victoria Chang

We select poems that encounter the world embodied. We select poems that, lyrically and politically, are razor-sharp and bold. Being an intersectional feminist is a commitment to lifelong learning—an intellectually open acknowledgement that systems, institutions, individual people and places do not operate the same for every person. We want poetry that does not make claims towards an erasing universal philosophy. We want poetry that seeks and speaks their own embodied truth, and speaks it loud.  

In your submission, please upload and enter the following information: 

  • A single doc., docx., or pdf. file with up to 5 poems. Your submission should not exceed 10 pages. 
  • A Cover Letter that includes 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. 
  • A brief description of how you see your piece (implicitly or explicitly) fitting into our intersectional feminist mission.


Please only submit once. Additional submissions beyond your first one will not be considered for publication.
Read previous online issues here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/online-issues/.
Find more information on our Submission Guidelines here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/guidelines/.
Find more information on our Mission Statement here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/about-so-to-speak/

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

So to Speak Journal is looking for art which is implicitly or explicitly intersectionally feminist. Whether you are a classically-trained painter, sculptor, photographer; graphic designer, digital artist; or a self taught artist you are welcome and encouraged to submit. Visual art should be accessible to all people and the work of those who have been historically marginalized must be upheld in the canon—this is essential So to Speak’s mission. There are numerous artists we love, but there are a few artists whose work we’d like to highlight as work that embodies So to Speak’s mission as example:

Sculptor Leilah Babirye crafts incredible and innovative structures out of reclaimed objects—welding, weaving, whittling, and assembling pieces which address and challenge tradition, cultural identity, gender, and power structures.

Instagram digital illustrator and typographer, Hello My Name is Wednesday is an incredible queer activist. Their work is a visual delight, which captures an unbreakably hopeful and resilient spirit.

Kehinde Wiley creates highly naturalistic portraits with ornate floral backdrops which often parallel historical portraits in modern settings. His work purposefully disrupts the tropes of traditional portrait painting and examine critically the intersections of gender and race.

We often see submissions which interpret So to Speak’s mission to be solely about the cis-woman’s body. This interpretation leaves out the experiences and work of so many artists. We would love more submissions that examine multiple intersections of identity or go beyond acknowledging the commodification of cis-women’s bodies—or if this is what the art is focused on, to go beyond the generalizations around these ideas. We’d love to see more work which is explicitly activist in tone or subject. We’d love to see more visual art in a diversity of mediums.

One thing that all submissions must have is quality photos or renderings of the work. It is absolutely essential that the resolution, lighting, and framing of the piece is ready to print or publish online. It pains us to have to turn down what looks like incredible art due to image quality issues. If you need help photographing your art, here is a helpful article titled “How To Take Great Photos Of Your Artwork.”

We are open to any form of artwork. Past issues have included photography, sketches, paintings, digital media, and images of various installations and sculpture. In your submission, please upload and enter the following information:   

  • All submissions must be in jpg or tif formats at 300 dpi. Please label each file as LastName_Title. 
  • You may submit up to 5 pieces of artwork in a single entry. Dimensions if applicable, the materials used as applicable, a brief description of the submission.
  • A Cover Letter that includes 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. 
  • A brief description of how you see your piece (implicitly or explicitly) fitting into our intersectional feminist mission.


Please only submit once. Additional submissions beyond your first one will not be considered for publication.

Read previous online issues here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/online-issues/.
Find more information on our Submission Guidelines here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/guidelines/.
Find more information on our Mission Statement here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/about-so-to-speak/

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The So to Speak Blog team has been inspired by such artists as Cheryl Strayed and Ryan Van Meter. Cheryl Strayed’s vulnerable, but incredibly distinct voice sustains you as you read about her struggle with drug abuse and the loss of a parent. Ryan Van Meter’s narrative storytelling and his sentence-level craft carry us through his work as he explores his identity as a gay man. We love work that explores the complexities of experiences and identities, work that lends itself to a larger meaning in every aspect.

The So to Speak Blog is unique in that it opens itself up to multiple forms of storytelling. We love the poetry, essays, and short stories we receive and we encourage artists to continue to submit pieces that fall into those genres. However, we want to see more work that bends form and genre, work that extends outside of the personal essay or the traditional poem, and work that is visually stimulating. Hybrid works, reviews, interviews, and visual art are welcomed submissions. We also would love to see more multimedia, like videos and podcasts, on the So to Speak Blog. In summary, we want to see art that tells a story in an exciting way and gives us a new perspective.

While we enjoy reading all of the pieces we receive and sincerely thank everyone who shares their work, a lot of submissions explore similar topics and issues through a similar lens. These topics include: motherhood, womanhood, sexual assault/rape, and misogyny. While these are all important to bring into conversation and can definitely be discussed in submissions, So to Speak’s mission is to explore the intersections of feminism, identity, and culture. We wish to see pieces that go deeper, offer new perspectives, and flip what has been considered the “literary canon” on its head.

Some topics we would love to see more of include: positive perspectives on gender, especially from transgender and non-binary artists, toxic masculinity, mental health, disability/ableism, and sexuality. And to go along with our mission, we love submissions that explore different intersections, like race and motherhood, economic status and healthcare, gender and immigration, and more.

If you are submitting Visual Art: (1) All submissions must be in .jpg, .tif, or .png formats at 300 dpi; (2) Please label each file as LastName_Title; (3) You may submit up to 5 pieces of artwork in a single entry; (4) Please include the dimensions (if applicable), the medium (if applicable), and an artist statement with a brief description of the submission.

Nonfiction and Fiction pieces should not exceed 1,200 words. Please submit one document (doc., docx., or pdf. files) with a single prose piece. All prose submissions should be double-spaced with numbered pages. Poetry submissions should not exceed 8 pages. Please submit one document (doc., docx., or pdf. files) with up to 3 poems. Hybrid work should not exceed 10 pages. Please submit one document (doc., docx., or pdf. files) with a single hybrid piece. Reviews and Interviews should not exceed 1,500 words. Please submit one document (doc., docx., or pdf. files) with a single review or interview. 

Videos and Podcasts can be variable in length, but should not exceed 20 minutes. Please include a brief summary/artist statement, to be published alongside your video or podcast should we accept your submission. Closed captions are required for videos, and typed transcripts are required for podcasts. Please be sure you have permission to use whatever media (sound, music, visuals, etc.) you incorporate into your video or podcast submission. Video submission will be uploaded in our YouTube account should we accept your submission for publication. Per their guidelines, “YouTube does not set a minimum resolution but recommends a resolution of at least 1280x720 for video that has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of at least 640x480 for video that has a 4:3 aspect ratio.” We accept .mp3 and .wav file types for audio submissions and .mp4, .mov, and .mpg file types for video submissions. Please submit high-quality video and audio for consideration -- submissions with excessive background noise, issues with lighting or resolution, poor sound quality, etc. will not be selected for publication. If you have questions about your video or audio submission, please send us an email titled “Blog - Video/Audio Submission Question” prior to submitting. 

In addition to your submission, we’ll ask you to submit:

  • A Cover Letter that includes 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.
  • A brief description of how you see your piece(s) (implicitly or explicitly) fitting into our intersectional feminist mission.
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