Ends on November 15, 2019

$9.00 USD

t'ai freedom ford will be the judge for So to Speak's 2020 Poetry Contest. Winners will be awarded an honorarium, publication in our 2020 print issue, and two contributor copies. 

About t'ai: t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The African American Review, Apogee, Bomb Magazine, Calyx, Drunken Boat,Electric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Obsidian, Poetry and others. Most recently she has won awards from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship inaugural fellow. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over, is available from Red Hen Press.  Her second poetry collection, & more black, is with Augury Books. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.

What t'ai is Looking For: i’m always hoping that a poem will devastate and/or dazzle me with inventive imagery, meticulous diction, subversive language, and machete-sharp content that ain’t afraid to cut to the white meat. 


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 discussion of how you see your piece fitting into our intersectional feminist mission. 

You may enter multiple submissions (ex: 2 submission packets of 10 poems), so long as you pay the submission fee each time.

Find more information on our Contest here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/contests/.
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/