So to Speak is a feminist literary journal and their blog is currently accepting submissions for their Immigration Series, including: The Feminist Artistic Process (Prose and Poetry writing, Visual Art, Photography); Micro (fiction or nonfiction); Book Review; Personal Essay; Experimental – Bending of Form, blending of genres.
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked Blog Editor Allison Tunstall and she kindly replied. See my interview with Tunstall and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about So to Speak.
TUNSTALL: So to Speak Journal is a literary journal of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. We are an intersectional feminist journal that includes, advocates for, and amplifies the perspectives & experiences of nonbinary people, women, people of color, people with disabilities, Native and Indigenous peoples, neurodivergent people, people of all different religions or none, migrants, refugees & immigrants (regardless of citizenship), and veterans.
HOPKINSON: How/why was So to Speak originally started?
TUNSTALL: So to Speak Journal was founded in 1993 by a collective of women in George Mason University’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Our goal was to provide a platform for feminist writing and art, but just as the definition of feminism has evolved, so has our journal. As we have evolved, So to Speak has broadened our feminist mission to an intersectional one so that writers, poets, and artists who want to challenge and change the identity of the “canonical” writer can have a platform to do so.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
TUNSTALL: For So to Speak’s Blog, we are currently seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid works, and visual art for our limited Immigration Series. We welcome narratives and point of views from immigrants, children of immigrants, people who have experienced deportation or detention, Dreamers, green card/VISA holders, or more and invite them to share their experiences coming to a new country through art and stories. Any and all narratives and perspectives on the topics of immigration, identity, deportation, detention, xenophobia, and more are welcome. What we are not seeking are pieces with hate speech, xenophobic rants, or opinions. Our goal is to share literary works that explore experiences and identity, and open a nuanced, reflective dialogue.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
TUNSTALL: For our limited series, we are looking for a variety of art from different backgrounds, whether it’s poetry, fiction, essays, hybrid works, and visual art! But one thing we do wish to see more is visual art. So we encourage visual artists, all artists, to submit their work and explore their experiences and identities through art!
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
TUNSTALL: So to Speak loves and supports journals and magazines like Phoebe, Grazing Grain Press, LitHub, Yew: A Journal of Innovative Writing & Images by Women, Quail Bell Magazine, and so many more. We love to form connections with journals and magazines that provide a space for all writers to share their stories and art that explore a number of identities and experiences.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
TUNSTALL: People can submit their stories and art to our Submittable!
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
TUNSTALL: They can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email So to Speak Journal at email@example.com!
DEADLINE: October 8, 2018
FORMAT: digitally online
THEME: Immigration Series
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: The Feminist Artistic Process (Prose and Poetry writing, Visual Art, Photography); Micro (fiction or nonfiction); Book Review; Personal Essay; Experimental – Bending of Form, blending of genres