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Each year, So to Speak holds annual contests in the genres that we publish. For 2015-2016, we are excited to announce that we are holding contests in not only fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, but are restarting our contest in visual arts. Below, you'll find the dates that we're open for submissions for our various genres as well as links to submit your work.

So to Speak accepts submissions using our Submittable submissions manager, which is linked below. Each contest charges a $15 reading fee per entry.

Current and former students of the judges are disqualified from entering corresponding contests. In addition, judges will be reading finalists as selected by the So to Speak editorial staff.

We look forward to reading your entries.

art

November 15-January 1

judge

Nancy Sausser, Exhibitions Director, McLean Project for the Arts

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 and will be eligible for publication in our annual print anthology.

So to Speak is open to review any form of visual artwork. Past issues have included photography, drawing, painting, digital media, and images of various installations and sculpture. We welcome submissions including performance, digital and new media, photography and all 2D and 3D visual art forms.

poetry

November 15 - January 1

judge

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.

We're looking for 3-5 of your best poems; 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 and will be eligible for publication in our annual print anthology. Multiple submissions are welcome in the same or other genres, multiple entry fees will have to be paid.

nonfiction

November 15 - January 1

judge

Kerry Howley

Kerry Howley

Send your single best work of nonfiction; 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.

fiction

November 15 - January 1

judge

Laura Ellen Scott

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.

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