Ends on November 15, 2019

$9.00 USD

Sarah Irvin will be the judge for So to Speak's 2020 Visual Art Contest. Winners will be awarded an honorarium, publication in our 2020 print issue, and two contributor copies. 

About Sarah: Sarah Irvin is a visual artist living and working in Richmond, Virginia. She received a BFA from the University of Georgia (2008) and an MFA from George Mason University (2016). Her work has been featured in international exhibits and conferences on feminist theory and practice and in numerous solo exhibitions. She is included in the collections of the Try-Me Urban Restoration Project, Capital One, and the Federal Reserve Bank. Irvin is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (New York, NY), Massey Klein Gallery (New York, NY), and Page Bond Gallery (Richmond, VA). In 2016, she founded the Artist Parent Index, a searchable database of artists making work about their experiences with reproduction.

Instagram: @sarahirvinart & @artistparentindex

Website: sarahirvinart.com & artistparentindex.com

What Sarah is Looking For: In the conclusion of Simone de Beauvoir’s 1949 text, The Second Sex, she stated, “new carnal and affective relations of which we cannot conceive will be born between the sexes: friendships, rivalries, complicities, chaste or sexual companionships that past centuries would not have dreamed of are already appearing.”

Feminisms have not only challenged how we relate to one another but have also proposed and implemented new connections ecologically, economically, pedagogically, physically, and virtually. For the So to Speak Art Prize, I am looking for artwork that provides visual understandings of new forms of relations or posits possible worlds in which we interact more equitably regardless of gender or sexuality. Topics could include alternate methods for structuring intersubjective experiences: in the Anthropocene; through economic, reproductive, or other social systems; through methods for making and keeping kin; through developing new pedagogical paradigms; and with or against technology. 

Relevant artistic practices involved in producing these works could include sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, social practice, process-based practices, or installation, but must be able to be adequately visually represented in print for the So to Speak publication.


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 tiff formats at 300 dpi. Please label each file as LastName_Title. 
  • You may submit up to 5 pieces of artwork in a single entry. You may enter multiple submissions (ex: 2 submission packets of 5 art pieces), so long as you pay the submission fee each time. 
  • 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 discussion of how you see your piece fitting into our intersectional feminist mission. 

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.”

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/