The submission period
for our seventh annual So It Goes Literary Journal opens
February 1, 2018 and ends on May 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm EDT. This year's
theme is Lonesome No More.
The Kurt Vonnegut
Museum and Library (KVML) was founded in 2009 to keep the literary, artistic,
and cultural legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut alive. In 2018, most of our
programming focuses on the theme of Lonesome No More, as we look to
promote mental health awareness and community.
More! was a slogan author
Kurt Vonnegut used in his book, Slapstick. We understand that you
can’t get rid of loneliness just by getting rid of “aloneness.” Vonnegut knew
this; as a World War II veteran who was captured by the Nazis and survived the
Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany, he suffered from PTSD and depression.
He carried more than his share of loneliness throughout his lifetime, but that
intense loneliness isn’t unique to people with PTSD or depression. It also
affects people with other mental health concerns: anxiety disorders, bipolar
disorder, schizophrenia, or even sadness when being bullied or feeling like
people just don’t understand. All humans suffer from loneliness at one time or
another. That’s why we believe a year of programming focused on mental health
awareness is so important.
In keeping with this
theme, all submissions or submit-ers featured must touch in some way on
the idea of Lonesome No More!
limited to one work of prose or up to five poems (1500 word limit - Work that exceeds the word limit will be 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 writers and artists, professional
writers and artists, young, old, and current/retired military veterans. The
veteran community was important to Vonnegut, as he served his country too, so we
imagine he'd love to see literary and artistic 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 for previously published
If the work in 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 will need to 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
If you are unsure if
your usage requires permission, here are some guidelines for you to make that
Four Factors Test and Fair Use
· Asking for Permission
Please double space for prose (single space is acceptable for poetry), use 12 point
Times New Roman font, and include a cover letter with a brief biography. Group
multiple poems into one document. DO NOT SUBMIT A PDF. We greatly appreciate your submission.
Previous issues are
available in the library's online gift shop through mkt.com/kvml.
Copies are also available in person at our location in Indianapolis.
If you have any
questions, contact us at SoItGoes@vonnegutlibrary.org.
Thank you in advance for your submissions to our
seventh issue of So It Goes, and be sure to pick up or order a
copy in November! Selected contributors will receive one free copy following VonnegutFest.