Veteran-friendly Lit-Journal Announces 2020 Theme

Editors at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library's annual print literary journal "So It Goes" have announced that the publication's 2020 theme is "civil engagement."

Editors seek poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual art.

Editors have publicly stated that a significant portion of each year's issue of "So It Goes" should be generated by military veterans and families.

Submit 1,250 words of fiction or non-fiction; or up to 5 poems. New and previously published works are accepted. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, with notification. Deadline is March 1, 2020. Contributors receive a complimentary copy.

The editors write:

The year 2020 marks another big national election for the people of the United States of America, and we know some of our friends in other countries around the world also will be electing national leaders. As such, the year’s journal theme is civic engagement. We are looking for work that celebrates, critiques, or works for positive change related to democracy, freedoms, ideals, and country.

Further guidelines are available here.

Vonnegut was born on November 11--a date variously celebrated as Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, and Armistice Day--and the annual release of the journal is typically tied to the November date.

Current and past issues of the journal can be ordered via the library's on-line store here. Following the 2019 publication, editors reported growing interest and participation in the journal:

The journal is getting more and more recognition in the writing and artistic community. This year, we received 339 entries for 65 slots, so the selection process was challenging. Here are a  few stats: Of those selected, we had 48 men, 17 women, and 16 veterans. Sixteen of our contributors were from Indiana; 45 were out of state; and 4 were out of country. The journal features 38 poems, 26 prose pieces, 1 photograph, 13 pieces of artwork, and 5 testimonials.

Past themes featured by the "So It Goes" literary journal have included:

  • War and peace (2012)
  • Humor (2013)
  • Creativity (2014)
  • Social justice (2015)
  • Indiana Bicentennial (2016)
  • "A little more common decency" (2017)
  • "Lonesome No More" (2018)
  • "50th Anniversary of 'Slaughterhouse-Five'" (2019)

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