Submission to 2018 So It Goes Journal opens February 1.
So It Goes is designed to bring together work from veterans and civilians, established authors and virtual unknowns, high school students and nonagenarians. It’s a journal that has been, in a way, unstuck in time.
True to Vonnegut’s ethos of kindness, common decency, and free-expression as well as his passion for social justice, environmentalism, and peace, So It Goes is a literary journal with a conscience. Over fifty percent of each issue’s contents come from veteran artists and authors. And each issue revolves around a theme, such as War and Peace (I) , Humor (II), Creativity (III), Social Justice (IV), and Indiana (V), and A Little More Common Decency (VI).
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.
Lonesome No 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!
Submissions are limited to one work of prose (1500 words max) or up to five poems (1500 words max for all five) and/or five photographs and/or artwork. 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.
If you have any questions, contact us at [email protected].