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:

  • You can submit to ANY of our upcoming VAMP Showcases at any time.
  • Submit here for So Say We All's monthly Los Angeles 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 third 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

  • The performance will take place on Tuesday April 4th in the evening.
  • Accepted storytellers MUST be available Sunday, March 19th for a group critique session.
  • Submission deadline is SUNDAY MARCH 12th.

So Say We All is honored to be collaborating with The Hausmann Quartet for the third time to produce a showcase of original stories and classical music! The Hausmann Quartet produces a concert series (Haydn Voyages)  in which they explore all of 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. 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 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 1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
  • 1.2 2. Today you will be with me in paradise.
  • 1.3 3. Behold your son: behold your mother.
  • 1.4 4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
  • 1.5 5. I thirst.
  • 1.6 6. It is finished.
  • 1.7 7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

We look forward to reading your works!

- So Say We All

So Say We All and The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) are calling all storytellers for a collaborative endeavor: we’re looking for personal, true stories that will be performed in response to an upcoming Spring exhibition at MCASD. We’re so thrilled about this collaboration and hope you are, too. All accepted storytellers will be expected to participate in the same process our VAMP Storytelling Showcase requires. Accepted participants will receive a stipend. YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE TO PERFORM IN-PERSON IN SAN DIEGO ON THURSDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2023.

Submission deadline is Thursday, March 23, 2023.

The exhibition runs March 16 through August 13, and the SSWA performance will take place on Thursday, June 22nd.     

The exhibit:

Celia Álvarez Muñoz: Breaking the Binding  

Spanning forty years of work, the artist’s playful, witty style is often characterized by her use of bilingual puns and mistranslations in both text and image. Muñoz often draws inspiration from her lived experience as a mother and as a resident of the United States-Mexico borderlands.
   

Let the artist and exhibition inspire you to write! If you have any questions, hit us up at info@sosayweallonline.com.

And for more information on the exhibition and artist, visit mcasd.org.
 


VWD 

So Say We All's Veteran Writers Division invite you into our conflict writer  community.
Veterans, active duty service members, military family members, foreign national interpreters, United Nations staff / aide workers, NGO staff who have served overseas, border-conflict workers and journalists are all welcome. 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.

It all starts with you sending us a first draft of a piece you want to develop--it doesn't matter how rough a draft it is, whether it's just bullet points, or a completed first draft of your story.

The second part of our Spring semester provides a creative writing workshop series focused on developing original short works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Participants will work together in two cohort sessions, and be provided with one-on-one writing mentors throughout the process, which culminates in an optional performance. You MUST be available for the two group critique sessions listed below:

Deadline for submitting to the Creative Writing Workshop: Sunday April 16th.
Group critiquing session #1: April 26th
Group critique session #2: May 3rd
Performance coaching: May 7th - 17th
Live Showcase: Saturday June 3rd.

  • For any questions, email us at info@sosayweallonline.com.


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