So To Speak considers unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art for every issue. Sample copies of the most recent issue are available at $7 each; one-year subscriptions (2 issues) are $12. We strongly encourage all potential contributors to read an issue before submitting.  

Reading Periods

We read from August 1 through October 15 for the Spring issue & from January 1 through March 15 for the Fall issue through our Submission Manager. We no longer accept paper submissions and do not accept email submissions. We respond to all submissions in one to four months.

The Spring issue features our annual Poetry & Nonfiction contests. The Fall issue features our annual Fiction & Visual Art contests. For more information on how to enter our contests, please see the contest submission guidelines.


We only accept submissions through our Submission Manager. Please submit your work either electronically or through regular mail, but do not submit both ways. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are notified if a submission under current consideration is accepted elsewhere.

How to Submit

Please use our online Submissions Manager and send a submission that provides:

We will also notify you about the status of your submission electronically.

Genre Guidelines




Visual Art

So to Speak
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