The submission period for our sixth annual So It Goes Literary Journal opens March 1, 2017 and ends on June 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm EDT. This year's theme is A Little More Common Decency.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library was founded in 2009 to keep the literary,
artistic, and cultural legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut alive, and in
2016, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared 2017 the “Year of Vonnegut.” In
celebration of Vonnegut’s legacy, KVML, Visit Indy, and the Mayor’s Office, along
with other community partners, have joined to offer monthly programming around
the theme of common decency - an ideal that was very important to Kurt. In fact, this is what he had to say about common decency in his 1976 novel, Slapstick:
"I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked best could easily be described as “common decency.” I treated somebody well for a little while, or even for a tremendously long time, and that person treated me well in return. Love need not have anything to do with it…Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous. I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, 'Please – a little less love, and a little more common decency'" (1976, p. 2).
In keeping with our Year of Vonnegut theme, all submissions or submit-ers featured must touch in some way on the theme of "A Little More Common Decency."
Submissions are limited to one work of prose or up to five poems (1500 word limit). Employees of KVML and KVML Board Members are not eligible to participate. Everyone else is encouraged to send in a submission(s): Students, amateur writers, professional writers, 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 representation from military writers, 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 works.
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 editions.
If you are unsure if your usage requires permission, here are some guidelines for you to make that determination.
Please format with 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. 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 sixth issue of So It Goes, and be sure to pick up or order a copy in November! Selected contributors will receive one free copy in November.