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
So Say We All’s Veteran Writers Division is accepting submissions for its next Incoming anthology, tentatively titled: “Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen.” We were originally going to call it "Sex Drugs, and Coping Mechanisms" but couldn't help paying homage to the great and horrible chaw that has kept so many service members awake on watch through the night.
We’re looking for non-fiction stories related to coping mechanisms, affairs, violating protocol in the name of escapism, mental health vacations, shore leave / R&R adventures, emergency sex, adopting a base cat, or other extreme actions taken to alleviate boredom and preserve sanity during one’s service or the period that followed during reintegration to the civilian world. We’re interested in any interpretation you might take on the theme, so feel free to surprise us.
We hope in choosing this topic that we’re able to offer veteran writers a chance to consider their service through humor, absurdism, and surrealism if they find it appropriate (though all takes on the theme are welcome), and provide our readers insights into the lesser-talked about inglorious aspects of service: the tricks and tales of what people have to do to endure boredom, loneliness, heartbreak, trauma, and other human traits that undermine the all-consuming need to remain "effective". Active duty writers concerned about negatively affecting their careers are welcome to submit under a pen name. We get it.
Veterans of all branches and generations, active duty service members, military family members, and interpreters are welcome to submit non-fiction works up to 7,000 words in length or less. Previously published work is welcome as long as you indicate in your cover letter where the work received its first publication. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Contributors will receive a contributor copy by mail.
You can learn more about our previous volume, Returning Home, read reviews, and hear stories from previous contributors at www.incomingradio.org".
We look forward to reading your work!
- 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.
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 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!
Do you understand the words coming out of my mouth? Have you ever struggled to be understood? We all want to be heard. But to be really understood--to have someone "feel" where you're coming from-- is powerful. When have you felt the need to holler in order to be heard? When have you felt empowered to speak your truth, even when no one wanted to listen? When have you felt heard in your homes, communities, at work, at school? Write about a time when you had to stand up and speak out—or wish you had. Tell your story, your way. VAMP WANTS TO HEAR YOU HOLLER! The theme is loose, the stories are solid.
Please submit a 3-8 double-spaced page nonfiction story by September 22nd at 11:59pm.
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.
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 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, November 16th. Submission deadline is Monday, September 25th at 11:59 PM.
ONLY CURRENT STUDENTS OF SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE ARE ELIGIBLE.