So to Speak

So to Speak An intersectional feminist journal of language and art founded in 1993. http://www.sotospeakjournal.org Our mission at So to Speak is to provide a digital and print platform to amplify the voices of BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, nonbinary people, women, neurodivergent people, people of all different religions or none, migrants, refugees & immigrants (regardless of citizenship), and incarcerated writers.

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Today’s the day!! Submissions for our Annual Contest are ✨OPEN✨ Our editors and judges cannot wait to see your beautiful...
09/10/2021

Today’s the day!! Submissions for our Annual Contest are ✨OPEN✨ Our editors and judges cannot wait to see your beautiful writing and art.

$500 prize per genre

Submission period: September 10- November 14

$9 Submission fee (free for Black and Indigenous Writers and Artists)

Submit through @submittable (link to our website in our bio!)

Today’s the day!! Submissions for our Annual Contest are ✨OPEN✨ Our editors and judges cannot wait to see your beautiful writing and art.

$500 prize per genre

Submission period: September 10- November 14

$9 Submission fee (free for Black and Indigenous Writers and Artists)

Submit through @submittable (link to our website in our bio!)

Meet Susannah Nevison, our Poetry Judge for this year’s contest—which opens tomorrow!!What Susannah is looking for: I ad...
09/09/2021

Meet Susannah Nevison, our Poetry Judge for this year’s contest—which opens tomorrow!!

What Susannah is looking for: I admire poetry that navigates risk: in voice, in sound, in form. I’m always taken with poems that push the envelope, that challenge my notion of what a poem can do or how a poem works. A poem that shows me something new and surprising, regardless of how it gets there, is a poem I’ll follow almost anywhere.

Learn more about Susannah and the contest at our website (link in bio).

Meet Susannah Nevison, our Poetry Judge for this year’s contest—which opens tomorrow!!

What Susannah is looking for: I admire poetry that navigates risk: in voice, in sound, in form. I’m always taken with poems that push the envelope, that challenge my notion of what a poem can do or how a poem works. A poem that shows me something new and surprising, regardless of how it gets there, is a poem I’ll follow almost anywhere.

Learn more about Susannah and the contest at our website (link in bio).

Just two more days until the contest!! That means it’s time to meet our fiction judge, Krys Malcolm Belc 🥳What Krys is l...
09/08/2021

Just two more days until the contest!! That means it’s time to meet our fiction judge, Krys Malcolm Belc 🥳

What Krys is looking for: I have to admit that I read--and love--widely. What I love most in fiction is getting to be fully immersed in something else that is not my kitchen counter where I sit to read. Whether that's immersion in plot, character, form, or something entirely different, I want to be transported.

Learn more about Krys and the contest at our website (link in bio)!

Just two more days until the contest!! That means it’s time to meet our fiction judge, Krys Malcolm Belc 🥳

What Krys is looking for: I have to admit that I read--and love--widely. What I love most in fiction is getting to be fully immersed in something else that is not my kitchen counter where I sit to read. Whether that's immersion in plot, character, form, or something entirely different, I want to be transported.

Learn more about Krys and the contest at our website (link in bio)!

Introducing our nonfiction judge, Alysia Sawchyn!!What Alysia is looking for: I love nonfiction that incorporates resear...
09/07/2021

Introducing our nonfiction judge, Alysia Sawchyn!!

What Alysia is looking for: I love nonfiction that incorporates research, and I think of research as a wildly expansive term. There is so much "world" out there—secondary sources, yes, but what about buying a kilo of clementines and methodically peeling off the skin so that it remains whole again and again and again making sure that we've got the right language for the action? What about how the structure of a fairytale can help us to make sense of our messy experiences? I am looking for nonfiction that is paying close attention, regardless of where it fixes its gaze.

Learn more about Alysia and the contest on our website (link in bio)

Introducing our nonfiction judge, Alysia Sawchyn!!

What Alysia is looking for: I love nonfiction that incorporates research, and I think of research as a wildly expansive term. There is so much "world" out there—secondary sources, yes, but what about buying a kilo of clementines and methodically peeling off the skin so that it remains whole again and again and again making sure that we've got the right language for the action? What about how the structure of a fairytale can help us to make sense of our messy experiences? I am looking for nonfiction that is paying close attention, regardless of where it fixes its gaze.

Learn more about Alysia and the contest on our website (link in bio)

Our contest opens in 4 DAYS, so we thinks it’s about time you meet our judges! Today, we want to introduce you to Ghisla...
09/06/2021

Our contest opens in 4 DAYS, so we thinks it’s about time you meet our judges! Today, we want to introduce you to Ghislaine Fremaux, our Visual Art Judge ✨

What Ghislaine is looking for: A compelling artwork is, to me, one that shows conviction – both in the conceptual intent and in the handling of the medium. I am interested in artworks with slow hands, that act on me incrementally, in both physical and intellectual ways. I appreciate works that enable me to know with parts of myself other than my brain, to know without recourse to language or reason.

Learn more about Ghislaine and the contest on the “Contests” page of our website (link in bio)!

Our contest opens in 4 DAYS, so we thinks it’s about time you meet our judges! Today, we want to introduce you to Ghislaine Fremaux, our Visual Art Judge ✨

What Ghislaine is looking for: A compelling artwork is, to me, one that shows conviction – both in the conceptual intent and in the handling of the medium. I am interested in artworks with slow hands, that act on me incrementally, in both physical and intellectual ways. I appreciate works that enable me to know with parts of myself other than my brain, to know without recourse to language or reason.

Learn more about Ghislaine and the contest on the “Contests” page of our website (link in bio)!

It’s September, which means with open for contest submissions THIS MONTH. Our editors and judges cannot wait to get star...
09/01/2021

It’s September, which means with open for contest submissions THIS MONTH. Our editors and judges cannot wait to get started and award each genre winner $500!! Submissions open September 10th for $9, with free submission portals for Black and Indigenous writers and artists.

It’s September, which means with open for contest submissions THIS MONTH. Our editors and judges cannot wait to get started and award each genre winner $500!! Submissions open September 10th for $9, with free submission portals for Black and Indigenous writers and artists.

We cannot wait to see your amazing writing and art!
08/25/2021

We cannot wait to see your amazing writing and art!

If you haven’t already, go to our latest issue and read the amazing poems from these writers!
07/05/2021

If you haven’t already, go to our latest issue and read the amazing poems from these writers!

If you haven’t already, go to our latest issue and read the amazing poems from these writers!

Want to get editorial feedback on a #WIP (work in progress)? We’re offering $7 feedback on pieces of poetry and prose! S...
03/09/2021

Want to get editorial feedback on a #WIP (work in progress)? We’re offering $7 feedback on pieces of poetry and prose! Spots are filling up fast already—poetry is almost full and it’s not even 10AM here!—so submit if you’re interested at sotospeak.submittable.com/submit✨

Want to get editorial feedback on a #WIP (work in progress)? We’re offering $7 feedback on pieces of poetry and prose! Spots are filling up fast already—poetry is almost full and it’s not even 10AM here!—so submit if you’re interested at sotospeak.submittable.com/submit✨

Something about this just says “squad goals” 😍 purchase a copy of our 2021 contest issue today! ✨Sotospeak.submittable.c...
03/06/2021

Something about this just says “squad goals” 😍 purchase a copy of our 2021 contest issue today! ✨Sotospeak.submittable.com/submit ✨

It's here! Purchase an e-book of our 2021 contest issue for just $4 at sotospeak.submittable.com/submit. For an extra $3...
03/03/2021

It's here! Purchase an e-book of our 2021 contest issue for just $4 at sotospeak.submittable.com/submit. For an extra $3, we'll also throw in some digital back issues, just for you! Plus, we'll be launching our limited print edition VERY soon, so stay tuned. 👀 #bookstagram #awp21 #smolfair

It's here! Purchase an e-book of our 2021 contest issue for just $4 at sotospeak.submittable.com/submit. For an extra $3, we'll also throw in some digital back issues, just for you! Plus, we'll be launching our limited print edition VERY soon, so stay tuned. 👀 #bookstagram #awp21 #smolfair

COVER REVEAL! Our 2021 Spring Contest Issue is launching this week during #awp21 and #smolfair and we can’t wait for you...
03/02/2021

COVER REVEAL! Our 2021 Spring Contest Issue is launching this week during #awp21 and #smolfair and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on this incredible writing & art 🤩

COVER REVEAL! Our 2021 Spring Contest Issue is launching this week during #awp21 and #smolfair and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on this incredible writing & art 🤩

Hey hey! We won’t be able to sell copies of our issues at AWP this year, but fear not—we’re participating in SMOL Fair w...
02/24/2021

Hey hey! We won’t be able to sell copies of our issues at AWP this year, but fear not—we’re participating in SMOL Fair which is a virtual book fair experience including events, giveaways, and more! Check out our listing at 👉smolfair.com 👈

Hey hey! We won’t be able to sell copies of our issues at AWP this year, but fear not—we’re participating in SMOL Fair which is a virtual book fair experience including events, giveaways, and more! Check out our listing at 👉smolfair.com 👈

Submit to our summer online issue for free starting February 10, 2021, through April 10, 2021! We’ll be accepting fictio...
02/08/2021

Submit to our summer online issue for free starting February 10, 2021, through April 10, 2021! We’ll be accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art, all at sotospeak.submittable.com/submit ⚡️

Submit to our summer online issue for free starting February 10, 2021, through April 10, 2021! We’ll be accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art, all at sotospeak.submittable.com/submit ⚡️

WE HAVE BIG NEWS! It’s... our 2021 contest winners and runners-up! Their incredible work will be available in our contes...
01/12/2021

WE HAVE BIG NEWS! It’s... our 2021 contest winners and runners-up! Their incredible work will be available in our contest issue this March 🤩

NEW on our blog: read Nonfiction Editor Stephanie Buckley's insightful interview with Jeannie Vanasco on Vanasco's memoi...
12/29/2020

NEW on our blog: read Nonfiction Editor Stephanie Buckley's insightful interview with Jeannie Vanasco on Vanasco's memoir, "Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl." The memoir details Vanasco's conversations with her ra**st, fourteen years after he assaulted her.
http://sotospeakjournal.org/conversation-vanasco/
“For me, so much of the plot of memoir is the thinking that happens, the way that the author makes meaning out of the events. ...What separates books of similar subject matter is how each author reflects on [those] events.”
Content warning: sexual assault

NEW on our blog: read Nonfiction Editor Stephanie Buckley's insightful interview with Jeannie Vanasco on Vanasco's memoir, "Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl." The memoir details Vanasco's conversations with her ra**st, fourteen years after he assaulted her.
http://sotospeakjournal.org/conversation-vanasco/
“For me, so much of the plot of memoir is the thinking that happens, the way that the author makes meaning out of the events. ...What separates books of similar subject matter is how each author reflects on [those] events.”
Content warning: sexual assault

"Know this: anyone who brings you to believe that love comes with a hand across the face is a liar. Anyone who makes a m...
12/10/2020
From the Archives: "Endlessly" - So to Speak

"Know this: anyone who brings you to believe that love comes with a hand across the face is a liar. Anyone who makes a mangled mockery of your most basic, essential right—the right to consent, your right to choose—knows nothing of safety and tenderness and respect. Know this: you deserve a love that doesn’t hurt."
Read Daniel Garcia's 2019 stunning essay "Endlessly," named a Notable in the Best American Essays 2020, plus an exclusive new author's note, on our blog today.
http://sotospeakjournal.org/endlessly/

I am not wasting myself. I am not waiting.

If you’re doing some shopping this #smallbusinesssaturday consider supporting an independent bookstore like @oldtownbook...
11/28/2020

If you’re doing some shopping this #smallbusinesssaturday consider supporting an independent bookstore like @oldtownbooks! Read about OTB and all they’re doing for the writing community on our blog here (link in bio): http://sotospeakjournal.org/conversation-old-town-books/

Let’s de-Monday this Monday with some good news: our awards nominees for this year! Right now, we are nominating for Pus...
11/16/2020

Let’s de-Monday this Monday with some good news: our awards nominees for this year! Right now, we are nominating for Pushcart, PEN/Robert J. Dau, and Best Small Fictions. To read these pieces, visit sotospeakjournal.org!

Hi everyone, we are having FREE *nonfiction* contest submissions ALL WEEKEND LONG! Know a nonfiction writer? Got nonfict...
11/07/2020

Hi everyone, we are having FREE *nonfiction* contest submissions ALL WEEKEND LONG! Know a nonfiction writer? Got nonfiction? This is a sign to submit! 😍 $500 PRIZE!!!
Sotospeak.submittable.com/submit

Thank you SO MUCH to our wonderful readers and attendees tonight! That was an incredible way to cap off the week. What a...
11/07/2020

Thank you SO MUCH to our wonderful readers and attendees tonight! That was an incredible way to cap off the week. What an amazing community, y’all. ❤️❤️

We’ve been thinking a lot about “resistance,” and what it means in our current times, lately—and we’d like to invite the...
11/05/2020

We’ve been thinking a lot about “resistance,” and what it means in our current times, lately—and we’d like to invite the community to join us. Open now on @submittable are submissions to our limited series on RESISTANCE, to be published on our blog: sotospeak.submittable.com/submit
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“In a time in which numerous civil liberties are at risk and social and civil unrest is on the rise, it is essential to highlight the ways in which people are resisting injustice.”

Send us your resistance poetry, your fiction, your essays and musings and multimedia work.
#poetry #creativewriting #resist #feminist #intersectionalfeminism #writers

LAST DAY FOR $6 SUBMISSIONS! $500 prize per winner. If you're looking for a sign: THIS IS IT! sotospeak.submittable.com/...
11/01/2020

LAST DAY FOR $6 SUBMISSIONS! $500 prize per winner. If you're looking for a sign: THIS IS IT! sotospeak.submittable.com/submit

Nothing spooky about this--to celebrate Halloween, we're offering one last weekend of reduced-fee contest submissions be...
10/31/2020

Nothing spooky about this--to celebrate Halloween, we're offering one last weekend of reduced-fee contest submissions before we close on 11/10! $6 submissions in every genre, 10/31 and 11/1. $500 prize per winner. If you're looking for a sign: THIS IS IT! sotospeak.submittable.com/submit

Happy almost-weekend! Let’s celebrate with an interview: EIC Kyra Kondis talks to published and award-winning authors @k...
10/29/2020

Happy almost-weekend! Let’s celebrate with an interview: EIC Kyra Kondis talks to published and award-winning authors @kbcarle, @kimmagowan, @AnitaFelicelli and @jl_noaqui about their writing process during the COVID era—and their tips for short story writers—on our blog. Read it here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/covid-writing-process/

ALERT! We are having our annual FEE-FREE DAY! Visit sotospeak.submittable.com/submit to send us your work—if you send it...
10/27/2020

ALERT! We are having our annual FEE-FREE DAY! Visit sotospeak.submittable.com/submit to send us your work—if you send it before midnight tonight (10/27), it’s free! $500 prize and publication for each winner!

We kindly ask that non-Black and non-Indigenous writers submit to the “Fee-Free Day” portal, rather than the “Fee-Free for Black and Indigenous Writers” portal. 🤗

Posting our annual reminder to vote a little early this year! Whether it’s by mail or in-person, early or on Election Da...
10/25/2020

Posting our annual reminder to vote a little early this year! Whether it’s by mail or in-person, early or on Election Day, we urge you to vote with intentionality, and with intersectionality in mind. 💙

⚡️NEW NEW!⚡️ On our blog, editor-in-chief @kyra_nicole_k interviews @oldtownbooks buyer Jen Cheng about the insider info...
10/24/2020

⚡️NEW NEW!⚡️ On our blog, editor-in-chief @kyra_nicole_k interviews @oldtownbooks buyer Jen Cheng about the insider info of book-buying and publishing; curating an independent bookstore; the bookstore community; and of course, intersectional feminism! sotospeakjournal.org/conversation-old-town-books

Happy hump day! It’s been a long week already, so we’ve decided to open up reduced fee submissions to our contest, today...
10/21/2020

Happy hump day! It’s been a long week already, so we’ve decided to open up reduced fee submissions to our contest, today & tomorrow only! ⚡️$7 submissions, $500 prize! ⚡️SUBMIT at our @submittable — sotospeak.submittable.com/submit

Want some good news? Daniel Garcia’s essay “Endlessly,” published in our 2019 contest issue, has been named a NOTABLE in...
10/20/2020

Want some good news? Daniel Garcia’s essay “Endlessly,” published in our 2019 contest issue, has been named a NOTABLE in the BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS this year! We are over the moon—congrats to Daniel! To celebrate, we're offering Limited Edition PDF e-book copies of our 2019 Contest Issue for $3 here: https://sotospeak.submittable.com/submit/177449/for-purchase-2019-contest-issue-limited-edition-pdf-e-issue

We also want to congratulate our amazing contest judge in FICTION, Natalie Lima, for having a Notable Essay on the list as well!

Tomorrow! Come listen to us talk about intersectional feminism in publishing with past and present editors!
10/17/2020

Tomorrow! Come listen to us talk about intersectional feminism in publishing with past and present editors!

Tomorrow! Saturday, October 17th 3 p.m. via Zoom
https://fallforthebook.org/partner-so-to-speak/

So to Speak, GMU Creative Writing and Office of Student Media’s intersectional feminist literary magazine, is almost 30 years old, and has had a longstanding mission of upholding the voices of marginalized authors.

At this event, for the first time since its founding, the journal’s founders, past editors, and current editors will be coming together for a conversation on how So to Speak has changed; its mission and the work that it does in the world; and how we can continue to amplify and platform marginalized voices for years to come.

@SotoSpeak @FallForTheBook @sotospeakjrnl

#SoToSpeakJournal #FallfortheBook2020 #MasonEnglish #feminism #intersectionalfeminism #GMU

Okay, y’all... we’ve got an exciting announcement! ⚡️On November 6th, at 7:30 EST, we’ll be hosting a virtual reading wi...
10/14/2020

Okay, y’all... we’ve got an exciting announcement! ⚡️On November 6th, at 7:30 EST, we’ll be hosting a virtual reading with some of our 2020 contributors! ⚡️ Read about our readers here, and find out how to RSVP for the event: sotospeakjournal.org/2020-reading/

At the link above, each of our contributors provided a charity they’d like to support. If you donate to one of these charities and send us a screenshot with your RSVP email, we’ll enter your name in a raffle to win some of our recent So to Speak print issues!

In the US, where we are based, this will be the end of election week—and we can’t think of a better way to spend it than with our intersectional feminist community, supporting creators and organizations important to us. 🥰

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So to Speak Journal was founded in 1993 by an editorial collective of women MFA candidates at George Mason University. It has served as a space for feminist writing and art for 25+ years. As our journal has evolved over time, so have our views on feminism. We believe in an intersectional feminist outlook which includes, advocates for, and amplifies the perspectives and experiences of marginalized women and nonbinary people.

We are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art from various identities and backgrounds. It is no secret that the literary canon and literary journals are largely comprised of heteronormative, patriarchal, cisgender, able-bodied white men. So to Speak seeks work by writers, poets, and artists who want to challenge and change the identity of the “canonical” writer. Our mission at So to Speak is to provide a digital and print platform to amplify the voices of people of color, people with disabilities, Native and Indigenous peoples, nonbinary people, women, neurodivergent people, people of all different religions or none, migrants, refugees and immigrants (regardless of citizenship), and veterans.

So to Speak Journal publishes two issues a year, one in print and one online. We are a nonprofit journal. Please refer to our website (http://sotospeakjournal.org) for detailed submission guidelines, free online issues, more information about our mission, and monthly blog content (reviews, interviews, series, etc.).

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I have been trying to submit 2 nonfiction pieces all morning. Your website is not confirming it accepts my Visa for $10 fee. I can find no email or telephone number for contact. The piece was titled Two Women, 27 Men, Porting in Algeria. Did you receive? Can you send me an email for help with this matter at [email protected] I do not have paypal but I think your site is not working. My submission was to go to Sophia Shalimyev..Thanks Renee Conway
"NOTHING MUCH FOR MINORS" Minors are those less than eighteen, As they don't have knowledge in keen. They don't have a driving licence, As don't have driving sense. Minors are given just pen and page, Their life is not more than a cage. Holiday is not given even on sundays, As their age is negligible for fundays. Parents are worried not to get blame, From minors they just want their fame. Circumstances are same for every minor, Parents are just their life designer. -Sahaj Sabharwal. -Chowk Chabutra, -Jammu. -11th Class. ©sahajsabharwal Delhi Public School, Jammu #India #Poem #Jammu #sahajsabharwal12345 #DelhiPublicSchool #DpsJammu #copyright #INDIA #TALENTPOET
Hello, So to Speak readers and cohorts! This is Deb Jannerson, winner of the 2017 So to Speak Nonfiction contest for "Scarring," an essay about medical rights, religious fundamentalism, PTSD, and q***r intimacy. I've also written for magazines like Bitch, NonBinary Review, and The Flexible Persona. So to Speak's was the first award I won for my writing, and it went to the most difficult piece I've ever written. As it turns out, such a leap of faith will do wonders for your confidence as an artist. The honor was also a harbinger of an amazing year in my life, despite 2017 being an objective disaster in many regards. After "Scarring" came more honors, a new collection of poetry, and my second book deal--not to mention, I married my wonderful wife, wearing Garden of Delights Dr. Martens purchased with my StS prize money. Anyway, given the special place StS holds in my psyche, I wanted y'all to be among the first to know that said book of poems, THANKS FOR NOTHING, just went on pre-order with Finishing Line Press. I began writing this book last April, ie., just days after I found out my scary, uncomfortable short memoir had won a prize. As you might imagine, the book grapples with life as a trauma survivor in a hostile administration, as well as neoliberal sexism and the hazy line between self-narrative and pop culture. But it's not all bleak--there are dreamy and/or euphoric poems about my now-wife, my favorite unwinding mechanisms, Frida Kahlo, and Robert the haunted doll. There's also a piece called "winning," about, you guessed it, that transcendent moment when I learned that So to Speak was honoring my piece. If you enjoy my work and/or would like to lift up an intersectional feminist author: get in touch ("friend" me; I'm friendly), post, share, and above all, pre-order your copies of THANKS FOR NOTHING. Community support gives me life, and it's impossible to overstate the importance of pre-sales with small presses. I'm preparing stickers and bigger Easter eggs for anyone who sends me a screenshot showing they contributed to TfN's future. Thanks for reading, and keep fighting the power. Deb debjannerson.com https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/thanks-for-nothing-by-deb-jannerson/