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 acts nonprofit based in San Diego, CA, The VAMP Storytelling Showcase is a highly-produced non-fiction multimedia reading series. Each month's performance 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 or digital showcase to perform their original true stories.
READ FIRST BEFORE SUBMITTING:
- You can submit to ANY of our upcoming VAMP Showcases at any time.
- You can submit from anywhere in the world. And space, too.
- Submit here for So Say We All's monthly VAMP (Visual / Audio Monologue Performance) Storytelling Showcase only. Please include a brief bio and your e-mail in the comments section when submitting. VAMP live performances and streams are usually, unless otherwise noted, held on the last Thursday of the month.
- Work should fall between 5-10 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 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 [ONLINE DURING COVID]. Coaching sessions & crits are MANDATORY. If your piece is accepted and you can't make either scheduled session, 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 [ONLINE DURING COVID].
- 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 submitted 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.
So Say We All
So Say We All's streaming homage show to the 80's and 90's of public access television is looking for awesome, weird, original video segments, video art pieces, recorded performances, sketches, stand-up, and whatever you can think of and produce independently!
Accepted works will appear in our Public Access Showcase, a recurring streaming video series that highlights all the amazing art happening out there for the purpose of exposing artists to new audiences. We claim no ownership to any of the material we air, and only seek to amplify its awesomeness.
Try and keep it shorter rather than longer, but we'll accept anything up to about 15-minutes, longer if it truly earns each minute; super short and 5-minute pieces are the heart of what we make episodes out of.
We are also gratefully accepting 100% instrumental original music we can use to score our videos with, anything goes.
ALL THE MEDIA IN YOUR PIECE MUST EITHER BE OWNED BY YOU, HAVE WRITTEN PERMISSION TO USE, OR BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.
Send us your short videos, your pitches for video segments you can produce independently, videos from your puppet shows, sketches, stand-up clips, tell us a story on-camera that's riveting, or anything else that pops into your gourd. Upload a video, or a pitch in a word doc, and include all your contact info please so we can get in touch with you. We can't wait to see it!
- So Say We All
Veterans, active duty service members, military family members, foreign national interpreters, United Nations staff / aide workers and contractors, NGO staff who have served overseas, and border-conflict workers AND JOURNALISTS: we are committed to helping you tell your true stories, telling them better, and making sure your stories are heard and read by as many people as possible. All services are provided on-line.
It all starts with you sending us a first draft of the piece you want to develop here--it doesn't matter how rough a draft it is, whether it's just bullet points outlining what you'd want to develop, or a completed first draft of your story.
We work with non-fiction narratives and poetry only. Stories typically run in the ballpark of 1,500 words, but we're open to work of varying lengths (except full-length manuscripts.)
You will receive one-on-one editing and coaching from a fellow writer, and work in a group cohort of other men and women participating in the program to give and receive feedback on your story. Selected participants will go on to receive performance coaching and perform their work at live showcases. All participants will be considered to appear on the Incoming public radio program, broadcast on KPBS and PRX.
- Visit www.sosayweallonline.com for more information about our organization, and www.incomingradio.org to keep up with our programming.
- Videos from past veteran writer showcases are available to watch here.
- Listen and subscribe (and drop us a review!) to our public radio show / podcast here.
- If you are a US military Public Affairs Officer and want to pitch us a story, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For any questions, email us at email@example.com.
So Say We All’s LGBTQ+ storytelling project, The Whole Alphabet, is currently accepting submissions internationally on an on-going basis. There is no current theme or publication on the horizon, but selected pieces can appear in our streaming shows and will be considered for future projects; we're finding new opportunities all the time, and want to know you.
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, on-camera, and / or in print.
All submissions are accepted in confidence. Accepted writers will have the option to publish under a pen name if they choose.
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
- So Say We All.