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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

October 15 - November 15

judge

Virginia Treanor, Associate Curator, National Museum of Women in 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

October 1 - November 1

judge

Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss is the author of Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (2010), which received the 2009 Juniper Prize for Poetry. Seuss is writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College, in Michigan. Her forthcoming book, Four-Legged Girl will be released through Graywolf Press this fall.

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.

nonfiction

September 15 - October 15

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Barbara Hurd

Barbara Hurd is the author of six books including Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination (2001), Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (2008) and, with artist Patricia Hilton, Stepping into the Same River Twice (2013). Her forthcoming book, Listening to the Savage / River Notes and Half-Heard Melodies, will be published by University of Georgia Press in 2016.

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 1 - December 1

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Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award. A previous novel, The Singer’s Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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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