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

Produced by So Say We All, a 501c3 literary and performing arts nonprofit based in Southern CA, The VAMP Storytelling Showcase is a highly-produced, non-fiction, multimedia reading series. Each showcase revolves around a different theme, which is heavily open to interpretation by submitting writers. Out of each round of submitting writers, a cohort is selected to work together over the course of 3-4 weeks in read-and-critique sessions, provided with writing and performance coaches, and finally provided with a live showcase to perform their original true stories.

READ FIRST BEFORE SUBMITTING:

  • You can submit to ANY of our upcoming VAMP Showcases at any time.
  • Submit here for So Say We All's monthly San Diego VAMP Storytelling Showcase only. Please include a brief bio and your e-mail in the comments section when submitting. VAMP live performances are usually, unless otherwise noted, held on the last Thursday of the month.
  • Work should fall between 7-10 minutes in length, however we will consider any length within reason on the understanding that the work will be edited down as close to this length as possible while maintaining its integrity. 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 usually 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 coaching and critique process for all accepted VAMP submissions. Coaching sessions & crits are MANDATORY. If your piece is accepted and you can't make scheduled sessions, please let us know right away. All reasonable accommodations will be made. We want you to give the best performance possible when we put you on stage.
  • So Say We All does not claim any ownership or first-time publication rights to pieces submitted to the VAMP Storytelling Showcase. VAMP is a writing workshop and performance forum. We accept previously published/ performed work as long as the submitter is willing to participate in the rewrite process.

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 ANYWHERE IN YOUR SCRIPT OR FILE NAME. SERIOUSLY.

VAMP stories are selected around 5.5 weeks prior to each showcase date (e.g.: stories for a June 29 showcase would be chosen around May 23). Stories will not be selected prior to 6 weeks before show date.

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 or your personal worth. There are dozens of factors at play when putting a show together, and we want it to always be a reflection of community at large and the people who comprise it.  

Best, 

So Say We All


Produced by So Say We All, a 501c3 literary and performing arts nonprofit based in Southern CA, The VAMP Storytelling Showcase is a highly-produced, non-fiction, multimedia reading series. Each showcase revolves around a different theme, which is heavily open to interpretation by submitting writers. Out of each round of submitting writers, a cohort is selected to work together over the course of 3-4 weeks in read-and-critique sessions, provided with writing and performance coaches, and finally provided with a live showcase to perform their original true stories.

READ FIRST BEFORE SUBMITTING:

  • Submit here for So Say We All's special VAMP collaboration with the Peace Corps.
  • Work should fall between 7-10 minutes in length, however we will consider any length within reason on the understanding that the work will be edited down as close to this length as possible while maintaining its integrity. 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 usually 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 coaching and critique process for all accepted VAMP submissions. Coaching sessions & crits are MANDATORY. If your piece is accepted and you can't make scheduled sessions, please let us know right away. All reasonable accommodations will be made. We want you to give the best performance possible when we put you on stage.
  • So Say We All does not claim any ownership or first-time publication rights to pieces submitted to the VAMP Storytelling Showcase. VAMP is a writing workshop and performance forum. We accept previously published/ performed work as long as the submitter is willing to participate in the rewrite process.

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 ANYWHERE IN YOUR SCRIPT OR FILE NAME. SERIOUSLY.

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 or your personal worth. There are dozens of factors at play when putting a show together, and we want it to always be a reflection of community at large and the people who comprise it.  

Best, 

So Say We All


So Say We All is honored to be collaborating with The Hausmann Quartet for the fourth time to produce a showcase of original stories and classical music! The Hausmann Quartet produces the concert series Haydn Voyages in which they explore the string quartets of Joseph Haydn,  presented alongside works of many of his contemporaries, early  influences, musical ancestors, as well as some of the most exciting composers writing today.

Haydn wrote an epic work for string quartet for a Good Friday / Easter commission, "The 7 Last Words of Christ", made up of seven  movements, one for each of the last words, and ends with a musical  depiction of the earthquake as its finale. It is a beautiful work that is often performed with narration.

Towards that end, So Say We All is accepting submissions of original prose and poetry that respond, interpret, evoke, or otherwise touch on one or more of the 7 passages, to be performed as an introduction to each section of music.

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 21ST.
  • The performance will take place on Wednesday March 27th at 7pm.
  • Accepted storytellers MUST be available for group critique sessions in the lead up to the show.
  • Each submission should be 500 words in-length or less. 
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but please submit each separately.
  • Please indicate in your submission bio which passage(s) you are responding to.
  • Any interpretation or direction your inspiration takes you is welcome, secular or otherwise, personal narrative or reflection on the times we live in; surprise us and sparkle.

The 7 Last Words that Haydn composed to, and which you should take your prompts from, are:

  • 1.1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
  • 1.2. Today you will be with me in paradise.
  • 1.3. Behold your son: behold your mother.
  • 1.4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
  • 1.5. I thirst.
  • 1.6. It is finished.
  • 1.7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

We look forward to reading your works!

- So Say We All
 

So Say We All