Written by Ella Peary March 18th, 2021

So To Speak: Now Seeking Submissions

So To Speak is an established and respected journal, publishing from a feminist perspective. The journal was founded in 1993 by a group of women at George Mason University. As the journal has grown and changed, the feminist philosophy underpinning the publication has evolved to include advocacy for all marginalized voices.

So To Speak publishes one print edition and one online edition each year. They hold two open reading periods each year, and right now they’re open to submissions through April 10. Submitting authors can expect a response within five months.

Poets may submit up to five poems, ten pages or fewer total. Authors of fiction and nonfiction may submit pieces of any length, keeping in mind that the editors prefer pieces of 4,000 words or fewer.

The editors of So To Speak have written extensive guidelines for each genre to help submitting writers understand the mission of the magazine. You can read these guidelines by following the link at the end of this article.

So To Speak also accepts submissions for their blog year-round. They publish a wide variety of work on their blog, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid work, interviews, craft essays, and reviews. They’re also eagerly seeking multimedia submissions such as videos, spoken word, and podcasts.

So To Speak accepts submissions online through Submittable. They don’t accept submissions via email or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

So To Speak only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted on their website, and they only publish work that fits with the mission of their magazine. Please read their guidelines in full before submitting.

If you’d like to learn more or submit to So To Speak, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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