Ends on April 18, 2019

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

So to Speak Journal is looking for poetry which is (implicitly or explicitly) intersectionally feminist. Below are some poets that we love and why we love their work: 

Maggie Nelson combines research, genre-bending poetry in another kind of intersection while examining the self and identity in respects to her place within the world and LGBTQ communities.

Ada Limon’s work addresses intersections of womanhood, ethnicity, and the complications of building identity in poetry that is often autobiographical tinged with reproach for societal expectations.

Natasha Tretheway dwells in spaces that allow her to balance many intersections within her work—research, race, the domestic work of women—and creates thought-provoking poems that elevate lost voices.

We receive a lot of poems about menstruation and motherhood that can all start to blend together when you read so many submissions; this typically means we don’t hold onto those unless they are adding something new to the topic/conversation in a fresh way. Other topics this happens with can include coming out stories, revisionist myths that just retell the story that’s already well established, and discussions of the generalized negative versions of men—the politicized listing of the crimes of men. Feel free to submit poetry on these topics, but be sure to ask your poems: “What is this adding to the conversation? What new perspective is here?” We want to read your joy and your trauma, but we also want to learn something or see something in a new way while we do so.

We love work from poets in the LGBTQIAP+ community. We would love to see more work from immigrants and children of immigrants that celebrate the cultures they represent. There is also often a lack of poetry by poets who are in multiple marginalized groups that talk about those experiences, especially the positive and joyful parts of existence. Of course, we also welcome poetry from people of multiple intersections that interrogates, exposes, and challenges societal norms, the political climate, or racism/misogyny/ableism/etc. Seeing more implicitly intersectional work that embraces emotion and feeling, rather than using the poem as an agenda for politicization would be truly wonderful for us as well. Poetry is pain and pleasure in equal parts, so more voices, and more ideas that need a platform like ours are the things we want to see.


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/