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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

December 1st-February 2nd

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Jessica Kallista, Gallery Director of Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at Hylton Performing Arts Center, Founder/Director of Olly Olly

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

December 1st-February 2nd

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Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. Their twenty books include Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You and I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1949, attended Catholic schools in Arlington, MA and graduated from the University of Massachusetts (Boston) in 1971. They came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Their poetic education primarily took place at St. Mark's Poetry Project from 1975 to 1977, through attending readings and participating in workshops led by Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan, Bill Zavatsky and Paul Violi. From 1984 to 1986 Eileen was the artistic director of St. Mark's Poetry Project.

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

December 1st-February 2nd

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Anna March

ANNA MARCH’s essays, fiction, reviews, reading lists, interviews, poetry, playlists, diaries and commentaries have appeared in a wide variety of publications including The New York Times Modern Love Column, New York Magazine, Tin House, VQR, Hip Mama and Bustle. She writes regularly for Salon and The Rumpus, where she also has a weekly books column, “Anna March’s Reading Mixtape”. She frequently writes on topics in the political/popular culture related to intersectional feminism, sexuality and gender with an emphasis on the power individuals have to effect change through ordinary actions. She has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. She is co-founder of Roar: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People, founder of LITFOLKS, a literary hosting organization in L.A. that is expanding to D.C. this fall and on the Advisory Board for Literary Orphans and Angels Flight Literary West. She has completed a novel, “The Diary of Suzanne Frank”, is at work on an essay collection, “Feminist Killjoy”, and is nearing completion of her memoir, “Happy People Live Here”

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

December 1st-February 2nd

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Sandy Lowe

Sandy Lowe is senior editor at Bold Strokes Books Inc, one of the world’s largest independent LGBTQ presses. She has a masters degree in publishing from the University of Sydney, Australia, and is the editor of two short story anthologies: Girls Next Door and Girls on Campus, which won bronze at the Foreword INDIES. She is the author of several published short stories with more to come in 2018.

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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