Ends on November 1, 2017



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:

  1. Receive edits and one-on-one coaching from our professional teaching artists

  2. Have their work published through the project in a volume that will be distributed through community partners

  3. Be invited to perform/share their piece at an upcoming performance series in the Fall of 2017

  4. Be given open access to attend Master Class writing workshops with visiting teaching artists.

  5. 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.

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