The Submissions Site for Our Twelfth So It Goes Journal Opens January 1, 2023.


The submission site for the twelfth edition of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library opens January 1, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends on March 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Thank you for your interest in and support of KVML. 

If you have any questions, contact us at SoItGoes@vonnegutlibrary.org. Be sure to check out www.vonnegutlibrary.org for more information on the library and other events relating to Kurt Vonnegut.

Sincerely,

The Editors of So It Goes


So It Goes: Core of the American Experience recognizes the classroom (institutionally or otherwise) as an activation site for change and the formation of self through the power of curiosity and the freedom of knowledge.

Vonnegut spoke fondly of his education, especially of his time at Shortridge High School, where he developed his love of writing as co-editor of the school newspaper, The Shortridge Echo. He said, “High school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything else I can think of.” Though Vonnegut specifically said “American experience,” we invite work that stretches beyond the borders of the United States and educational experiences outside of high school.

Need inspiration? Here are some creatives who have explored education/learning to jump start your creativity!

bell hooks - Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice to Freedom

Robin Wall Kimmerer - Braiding Sweetgrass

Mary Wollenstonecraft - Thoughts on the Education of Daughters

Jacob Lawerence - The Great Migration Series (Panel No. 58)

Winslow Homer - The Red School House

Norman Rockwell - The Problem We All Live With

Please do not submit “Vonnegut fanfiction” as such material will be disqualified. Fanfiction: writing that is unauthorized but based on an existing work of fiction. Includes copyrighted characters, settings, or other intellectual properties by the original creator.

Submissions are limited to one work of prose (fiction & nonfiction) that is 1,250 words max OR two works of prose (fiction & nonfiction) that are a combined total word count of 1,250 words max OR up to five poems that are 1,250 words max for all five OR five photographs or artworks. You may submit  both written and visual work. Those submitting written and visual works should complete the separate forms.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be automatically disqualified. Employees of KVML and KVML Board of Directors and Advisory Board Members are not eligible to participate. Everyone else is encouraged to send in a submission(s): Students; amateur or professional writers, poets, artists, and photographers; young or old; and current/retired military veterans. As a veteran, and P.O.W, the veteran community was important to Vonnegut, so we imagine he’d love to see literary representation from current and former military personnel, as well.

We will accept new and previously published work (simultaneous submissions are allowed with notification) and will credit the original publisher. If your submission(s) has been published elsewhere (even if it is your own work), you may need permission to publish it in this issue of So It Goes. If this is the case, you must obtain written permission from the rights holder(s) and include this written permission with your submission(s). Please request worldwide rights for print and electronic formats in all languages and editions.

Please double space for prose and single space for poetry. Use 12-point, Times New Roman font. Group multiple poems into ONE document. Do NOT group artworks. You will have access to uploading up to five works. Artworks must be labelled with title. If one or multiple are untitled, label as “Untitled 1,” Untitled 2,” etc. DO NOT SUBMIT A PDF or it will be disqualified. All submitters must include a cover letter with a brief biography.

Thank you in advance for your submissions to our eleventh issue of So It Goes. The journal will launch in Fall 2023. Selected contributors will receive one free hard copy. Previous issues of the So It Goes journal are available in the library’s online gift shop through kvmlshop.org.

So It Goes: Core of the American Experience recognizes the classroom (institutionally or otherwise) as an activation site for change and the formation of self through the power of curiosity and the freedom of knowledge. 

Vonnegut spoke fondly of his education, especially of his time at Shortridge High School, where he developed his love of writing as co-editor of the school newspaper, The Shortridge Echo. He said, “High school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything else I can think of.” Though Vonnegut specifically said “American experience,” we invite work that stretches beyond the borders of the United States and educational experiences outside of high school.

Need inspiration? Here are some creatives who have explored education/learning to jump start your creativity!

bell hooks - Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice to Freedom

Robin Wall Kimmerer - Braiding Sweetgrass

Mary Wollenstonecraft - Thoughts on the Education of Daughters

Jacob Lawerence - The Great Migration Series (Panel No. 58)

Winslow Homer - The Red School House

Norman Rockwell - The Problem We All Live With

Please do not submit “Vonnegut fanfiction” as such material will be disqualified. Fanfiction: writing written that is unauthorized but based on an existing work of fiction. Includes copyrighted characters, settings, or other intellectual properties by the original creator. 


Submissions are limited to one work of prose (fiction & nonfiction) that is 1,250 words max OR two works of prose (fiction & nonfiction) that are a combined total word count of 1,250 words max OR up to five poems that are 1,250 words max for all five OR five photographs or artworks. You may submit  both written and visual work. Those submitting written and visual works should complete the separate forms. 

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be automatically disqualified. Employees of KVML and KVML Board of Directors and Advisory Board Members are not eligible to participate. Everyone else is encouraged to send in a submission(s): Students; amateur or professional writers, poets, artists, and photographers; young or old; and current/retired military veterans. As a veteran, and P.O.W, the veteran community was important to Vonnegut, so we imagine he’d love to see literary representation from current and former military personnel, as well.


We will accept new and previously published work (simultaneous submissions are allowed with notification) and will credit the original publisher. If your submission(s) has been published elsewhere (even if it is your own work), you may need permission to publish it in this issue of So It Goes. If this is the case, you must obtain written permission from the rights holder(s) and include this written permission with your submission(s). Please request worldwide rights for print and electronic formats in all languages and editions.


Please double space for prose and single space for poetry. Use 12-point, Times New Roman font. Group multiple poems into ONE document. Do NOT group artworks. You will have access to uploading up to five works. Artworks must be labelled with title. If one or multiple are untitled, label as “Untitled 1,” Untitled 2,” etc. DO NOT SUBMIT A PDF or it will be disqualified. All submitters must include a cover letter with a brief biography.


Thank you in advance for your submissions to our eleventh issue of So It Goes. The journal will launch in Fall 2023. Selected contributors will receive one free hard copy. Previous issues of the So It Goes journal are available in the library’s online gift shop through kvmlshop.org.

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library