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.
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
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:
Receive edits and one-on-one coaching from our professional teaching artists
Have their work published through the project in a volume that will be distributed through community partners
Be invited to perform/share their piece at an upcoming performance series in the Fall of 2017
Be given open access to attend Master Class writing workshops with visiting teaching artists.
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.
So Say We All’s LGBTQ+ storytelling project, The Whole Alphabet, announces a call for stories for its upcoming published anthology, Shadows and the Light: A Collection of Young and Queer Stories. We’re looking for honest, true stories, poems, and essays from Queer youth in San Diego under the age of 25.
The theme Shadows and the Light was chosen to cater to narratives that illustrate the opposites that coincide in ways we typically wouldn’t expect. Be it truths and lies, the ones we bring to the surface and the ones we conceal; absence and presence, the things that linger, the things that keep coming back, and the things that completely disappear; or failure versus success and the various paths these two concepts can lead us to.
Whether you’re of high school or college age, we want pieces that you interpret from the theme however you choose. Good and bad, black and white, any way you interpret the theme, send your stories or poems our way so long as it’s true, and it's you. Whether poems or nonfiction prose, pieces can run up to 2,000 words.
The LGBTQ+ community needs to be in the front row of the culture war, and this is your opportunity to participate. Throw us your story and So Say We All will give you a forum to tell it, in person and in print.
All submissions are accepted in confidence. Accepted writers will have the option to publish under a pen name if they choose.
FOR SAN DIEGO AND NEIGHBORING REGIONS ONLY.
Thank you for your interest in So Say We All's Veteran Writers Division! If you are a veteran, active duty service member, or military family member, plese send us your work here for consideration as part of our 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 veteran writers accepted into the program are expected to work with our editors and receive performance coaching prior to appearing in a showcase.
Special note for submitters who are currently enrolled in an academic institution: please tell us who your current English / Humanities / Theater / Speech / etc. professors are so we can contact them about ensuring you receive course credit for participation, if applicable or possible.
Visit www.sosayweallonline.com for more information.
Videos from past veteran writer showcases are available here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLgJj1tFF9R0hVC6skahZ60DHV1NsnXlm