Please indicate which show you are submitting to in the title of your piece.


Submit here for SSWA's monthly VAMP (Visual / Audio Monologue Performance) Showcase only. Please include a brief bio and your e-mail in the comments section when submitting. VAMPs are usually, unless otherwise noted, held on the last Thursday of the month.

Our list of all VAMP shows, themes, and submission deadlines can be found here.

Work should fall between 5-10 minutes in length. Between 140-160 words per minute is an average guide. Style, voice, and literary form can vary widely, but we're looking for true, non-fiction stories that involve a transformation (of you, a character, a place, etc.) and offer an insight that we can relate to.

Please be aware that there is a rehearsal and critique process for all accepted VAMP submissions. Rehearsals & crits are MANDATORY. If your piece is accepted and you can't make the first scheduled rehearsal, please let us know right away. All reasonable accommodations will me made. We want you to give the best performance possible when we put you on stage.

All scripts are read and voted on by a blind peer review panel comprised of individuals who have performed at previous VAMP Showcases, to ensure bias or nepotism does not affect the selection process. Therefore, please DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR SCRIPT.

Thanks, good luck, and please don't be disheartened if you aren't selected. A rejection is not a statement on the quality of your writing, there are dozens of factors at play when putting a show together, and we want it to always be a reflection of our community and the people who comprise it.


So Say We All

Please submit here for the Mesa College Spring 2018 VAMP Showcase, featuring stories on the very-open-to-interpretation theme of, "What We Inherit." 

Most of us have inherited something in our lifetime. Write a story that describes what has been passed down to you. Consider a loose interpretation of the idea of “what we inherit”: emotional, political, racial, familial, cultural, geographic, sexual, gender, the body, state of mind. This theme is wide open—interpret it as you like. Dig deep, use passion. We can’t wait to read it! 

Stories should fall somewhere between 5-10 minutes in length. Between 140-160 words per minute is an average guide. We will consider longer works, but they must really merit the extra time. Shorter or flash submissions are just fine by us also.

We accept both poetry and prose, but are looking for honest, true stories. No fiction this time around, please. Selected participants will be required to attend a group read & critique, private meetings with a literary coach, and one performance coach session. All attempts to accommodate schedules will be made, but we don't make exceptions to participation. All submissions are accepted as first drafts.

Accepted participants must be available to perform during the evening of Thursday, April 19th. Submission deadline is March 1st at 11:59 PM.


Write on!
- So Say We All and Mesa College

Call for submissions for Southeast Stories:

Do you have roots in Southeast San Diego?

Do you know the trails of Chollas Lake?

Do you have vivid memories of waiting in line for rolled tacos at the Barrell or bbq from Huffman’s?

If so, we want to hear from you!

So Say We All has been endeavoring to record the stories that define San Diego’s most significant neighborhoods, and now our project travels to Southeast San Diego in search of the voices that reside, work, play, and have roots there.

We welcome stories that document, share, and reflect the neighborhood through the following mediums: photo, artwork, spoken word, oral storytelling and interviews (which will be digitally recorded), poetry, essays, and nonfiction prose.  When submitting a written piece, please do your best to honor our maximum 5,000-word count.

We want stories that take place in or strive to reflect an aspect of Southeast San Diego however you choose to interpret that. Any subject matter or approach is welcome, as long as it features the neighborhood, and as long as it is yours.

You needn’t justify your roots or story with credentials or talent; the richness of your full experience is more than enough. In fact, it is EVERYTHING and just what we are looking for.  

If you’re wondering about the geographic boundaries, here’s a handy map detailing the neighborhoods and communities that define Southeastern SD. We are the first to acknowledge that rigid borders does not a community/experience make. If you feel as though your story works within a different notion of what Southeast is or challenges the borders on the map, you and your story are still welcome, always, all ways.

All accepted written and submissions (poetry, essays, non-fiction) will:

  1. Receive edits and one-on-one coaching from our professional teaching artists

  2. Have their work published through the project in a volume that will be distributed through community partners

  3. Be invited to perform/share their piece at an upcoming performance series in the Fall of 2017

  4. Be given open access to attend Master Class writing workshops with visiting teaching artists.

  5. Receive a copy of the finished book.

Artwork and photography is eligible to appear in the published volume and online digital platforms for the project. Additionally, So Say We All’s primary focus is to amplify stories with dignity, integrity, and inclusivity and we partner with media outlets that believe in that mission. Each contributor / story has the possibility of being interviewed/broadcast on radio and podcast through our partnership with KPBS.

Thank you for lending your voices to tell the story of Southeast San Diego.

Publishing and radio series opportunity for San Diego immigrant / refugee community college students:

So Say We All is partnering with Voice of San Diego (VoSD) and San Diego City College to create a forum with 1st and 2nd generation immigrant and refugee storytellers currently attending or who have recently attended community colleges in the San Diego / Chula Vista region, made possible by funding from the California Arts Council.

SSWA is accepting non-fiction narratives and poetry of 5,000 words or less that touch on the author’s journey from their country of origin to becoming a student in San Diego. These works will be published in a print volume, performed in front of live audiences, and recorded as a radio / podcast series in collaboration with Voice of San Diego.

Accepted writers agree to attend a minimum of two group workshops, one-on-one performance and story coaching sessions, and to deliver rewrites based on feedback they receive. Participants will also be given scholarships to attend a So Say We All master class at no cost.

Participation may earn you course credit. Ask your professors!


So Say We All's Veteran Writers Division continues! Send us your work here for general Veteran Writers showcases and workshops. We're looking forward to meeting you.

We work with non-fiction narratives and poetry only. Stories typically run 5-12 pages in length, double-spaced, 12pt. font, but we consider work of all lengths except book-length. All stories accepted are expected to work with our editors and  receive performance coaching prior to appearing in a showcase.

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Videos from past veteran writer showcases are available here to watch: