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Each year, So to Speak holds annual contests in the genres that we publish: visual art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

So to Speak accepts submissions using our Submittable submissions manager, which is linked below. Each contest charges an $8 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! Feel free to reach out with questions and concerns. You can purchase last year's contest issue on our Submittable page. You can find out more about our submission guidelines on our website and/or on our Submittable page.

art

October 1st - December 15th

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Erin Silver is a Huston based painter. Her work is inspired by ghost stories, Victorian and Gothic symbolism, superstition, and iconography, tarot, and tattoo. Her work was recently featured in Grimoire Magazine and can be found at Erinsilverstudio.com. Follow her: @ecsilver.

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

October 1st - December 15th

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Victoria Chang‘s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. She is the author of three previous poetry books, Circle, Salvinia Molesta, and The Boss. The Boss won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. She received a Pushcart Prize for a poem published in Barbie Chang. She also edited an anthology, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. Her poems have been published in Best American Poetry, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, and many other places. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017. She is a contributing editor of the literary journal, Copper Nickel and a poetry editor at Tupelo Quarterly. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and her weiner dogs, Mustard and Ketchup and teaches within Antioch University’s MFA Program. She also serves on the National Book Critics Circle Board.

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.

fiction

October 1st - December 15th

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Pam Houston‘s essay collection and memoir, Deep Creek, will be coming out from W.W. Norton in January of 2019. Her most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published in 2012. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton.

Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards.

She co-founded the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is professor of English at UC Davis, teaches in The Institute of American Indian Art’s Low-Rez MFA program, and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world.

She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

Send your single best work of nonfiction; the winner will be awarded $500, 2 complimentary copies of the 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.

nonfiction

October 1st - December 15th

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Sandy Allen is a writer, speaker, editor and teacher. Their essays and features stories have been published by BuzzFeed News, CNN Opinion, Bon Appétit’s Healthyish and Pop-Up Magazine. Sandy was previously BuzzFeed News’ deputy features editor. They also founded and ran the online-only literary quarterly Wag’s Revue. Sandy’s work focuses on constructs of normalcy, including psychiatric disability and gender. Sandy is nonbinary trans. Originally from Muir Beach, CA, they live in the Catskills. In January 2018, Scribner published Sandy’s critically acclaimed debut work of reported literary nonfiction, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia.

The winner will be awarded $500, two complimentary 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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