Contests

Each year So to Speak offers a fiction, nonfiction, and poetry contest. Past judges have included Claudia Rankine, Ru Freeman, Claudia Emerson, Jennifer Lauck, Marie Howe, Sharon Mehdi, and Lucy Corin.

Winners in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are awarded $500, 2 complimentary issues, and publication in the journal. The three finalists are also featured in the journal.

Fall 2014 Fiction Contest

We will begin reading for our Fall 2014 Short Fiction Contest January 1, 2014. To enter, submit a manuscripts not exceeding 4,500 words (with double-spaced and numbered pages) and a cover letter through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Fall 2014 issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2014

Judge: We’re very excited to announce that our fiction contest judge for this issue is Charles Blackstone, managing editor of Bookslut and author of recent novel Vintage Attraction.His novel about a downtrodden academic falling in love with a world-renowned sommelier has been called “egregiously charming,” and he has been praised for his “craftsmanship” and “inimitable personality.” He is also the co-editor of the literary anthology The Art of Friction (University of Texas Press, 2008) and the author of The Week you Weren’t Here (Dzanc Books and Low Fidelity Press, 2005) a novel.

Spring 2014 Poetry Contest

We are looking for poetry that formalistically, stylistically, and linguistically engages with the feminist world in some way. Please send us up to 5 poems (not to exceed 10 pages) and a cover letter, through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Spring 2014 issue.

Deadline: October 15, 2012

Judge: We are super excited to announce Beth Ann Fennelly as the contest judge of this spring’s poetry contest. Beth Ann has published several books of poetry on subjects ranging from love to the unsaid. Such books include Tender Hooks, Unmentionables, and Open House. She has also closely examined her role as a mother in Great with Child. This fall, Beth Ann will be releasing another book entitled The Tilted World, which she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin.

Spring 2014 Nonfiction Contest

We welcome submissions of personal essays, memoir, profiles, and other nonfiction pieces not exceeding 4,000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with numbered pages and include a cover letter. To enter, submit through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Spring 2014 issue!

Deadline: October 15, 2013

Judge: Jana Richman, the author of the memoir, Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman’s Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail, and two novels, The Last Cowgirl, which won the 2009 Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction, and The Ordinary Truth. Jana’s provocative prose has been compared to that of Pam Houston, Barbara Kingsolver and Pat Conroy.

 

Fall 2013 Fiction Contest

We will begin reading for our Fall 2013 Short Fiction Contest January 1, 2013. To enter, submit a manuscripts not exceeding 4,500 words (with double-spaced and numbered pages) and a cover letter through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Fall 2013 issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2013

Judge: Asali Solomon

 

Fall 2013 Art Contest: The “Hybrid” Book

Make all art submissions for this contest to our  Submission Manager.


 

Spring 2013 Poetry Contest

To enter, submit up to 5 poems (not to exceed 10 pages) and a cover letter, through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Spring 2012 issue.

Deadline: October 15, 2012

Judge: Danielle Pafunda

 

Spring 2013 Nonfiction Contest

We welcome submissions of personal essays, memoir, profiles, and other nonfiction pieces not exceeding 4,500 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with numbered pages and include a cover letter. To enter, submit through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Spring 2012 issue.

Deadline: October 15, 2012

Judge: Julie Marie Wade

 

Fall 2012 Fiction Contest

We will begin reading for our Fall 2011 Short Fiction Contest January 1, 2012. To enter, submit a manuscripts not exceeding 4,500 words (with double-spaced and numbered pages) and a cover letter through our Submission Manager. The reading fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager.

All entrants will receive a free copy of our Fall 2012 issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Judge: Ru Freeman


 

 

 

 


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