Call for Submissions

NO FEE Poetry/Writing/Art Contest + editor interview – So to Speak Journal, DEADLINE: Nov. 29, 2018

So to Speak is a feminist literary journal and their blog is currently accepting entries for their contest, including: visual art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Judgesare Erin Silver (visual art), Pam Houston (fiction), Sandy Allen (nonfiction), and Victoria Chang (poetry). Winners will be awarded an honorarium, publication in our 2019 print issue, and two contributor copies.

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 contest 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 are some of your favorite journals?

TUNSTALL: So to Speak loves and supports journals and magazines like PhoebeGrazing 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: Email So to Speak Journal at!

Click here to read submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: November 29, 2018

NOTE: Contests are open until December 15, 2018, but do require an $8 fee after November 29, 2018. Nov. 28 – 29 are no fee days.

FORMAT: digitally online



FORMS: Visual art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry


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