Open for Submissions + December News Round-Up

So to Speak is pleased to open the reading period for our Fall 2013 issue! Submit your best visual art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry pieces to our online submissions manager from January 1st to March 15th. This issue will feature the winners of our annual art and fiction contests, along with our open reading periods for poetry and nonfiction. For more information of open submissions and contest details please visit our Submit Page and Contest Page. We are excited to see your work!

Fiction Contest

This year’s fiction contest judge is Asali Solomon, the author of Get Down: stories. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and was one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” in 2007. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, O the Oprah Magazine, Essence, Vibe and in the anthologies Philadelphia Noir, Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts and Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums that Changed Their Lives. She has a PhD in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Haverford College near Philadelphia.

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.

Art Contest: The “Hybrid” Book

In our 2013 visual art competition we seek entries in all media which the makers consider to represent – in any and all ways – the book experience.

We welcome submissions to this competition including performance, digital and new media, photography and all 2D and 3D visual art forms, as well as sculptural book and artist’s book objects, whether or not incorporating text.

Increasingly digitalized, culturally iconic in its historic codex forms, valued always from Kindle to library as an experience, is the book. What that actually means to each reader/viewer/handler is at a time of highly fluid interpretation. Art, object, and installation as “book” also is a rapidly expanding area of contemporary art.

All entries must be received on-line only (with a cover letter) through our Submission Manager. The submission fee is $15 and can be paid through our Submission Manager. All entrants will receive a free copy of our Fall 2013 issue.

All entries must be in jpg or tif formats at 300 dpi. Please submit individual entries as LastName_Title, and include dimensions if applicable, the materials used as applicable, a brief description of the submission, and a brief artist’s bio. One submission per artist, please.


In other December StS news:

We had a fun month of interviews, lesson plans, and nominations!

We sent our gorgeous 2013 Spring Issue to the printers and look forward to sending all you feminists an amazing journal!

Guest Blogger Sarah Marcus shared her This I Believe inspired lesson plan and showcased 3 of her amazing female student’s brilliant essays here!

Poetry Reader Alicia P interviewed poet Moira Egan. Poet Egan gave us lovely insights into her favorite feminist writers and encouraged us to “(f)ollow your gut, honor your duende, and don’t let other people tell you what you should write or who you should be.”

Congratulations, again, to Robert Kostuck with “If I Had the Wings of a Dove” (fiction), Lauren C. Ostberg with “On Hair” (nonfiction), Adriana Paramo with “QuarterLife of Love” (nonfiction), and Sheila Black with “Migrant” (poetry) who are StS‘s 2012 Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series nominees! Good Luck!

Best to you and your families in the New Year!







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