The Submissions Site for Our Ninth So It Goes Journal Closed March 1, 2020.

The submission period for our ninth annual So It Goes Literary Journal opened January 1, 2020, and closed March 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The theme was Civic Engagement.

Thank you in advance for your submissions to our ninth issue of So It Goes, and be sure to order a journal in November 2020! Selected contributors will receive one free copy following VonnegutFest.

Our most recent issue (pictured above) and previous issues of the So It Goes journal are available in the library’s online gift shop. Go to

Our Current So It Goes Journal Launched November 9, 2019.

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 2019, most of our programming focused on the theme of Slaughterhouse-Five, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of Vonnegut’s classic novel. Our 2019 So It Goes Literary Journal followed the Slaughterhouse-Five theme, as well.

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.

We solicited work from 11 people, including student writers from the Indiana Prison Writers workshop, led by our friend Debra Des Vignes. We are also grateful for contributions from our writer friends Jacqueline Woodson and Kao Kalia Yang, as well as Lance Miccio, Mark Vonnegut, Jim Lehrer, Dave Eggers, Peter Sagal, and Chris Crowe. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the absurdities or war and life, imprisonment, and science fiction and for being part of our Slaughterhouse-Five anniversary year.

Putting this nearly 200-page book together took a lot of time, and we are indebted to our mostly volunteer team. Thanks to our fearless leader Julia Whitehead, our editor Meredith Cummings, and our designer Bianca Pena. Also, we’re grateful to our always reliable friend Corey Dalton and a new team of Minnesota-based editors and proofreaders, including Annaleigh Cummings, Shaina Olmanson, Kate Schefer, Rachel Zugschwert, and Julie Harman. Thanks also to our Board of Directors for their support and encouragement and Printing Partners, who helped us put together this beautiful journal.

Most especially thanks to all of  the contributors for sharing your talent and for your commitment to make this journal the best it can be. We were so happy to premier Issue 8 in our new Forever Home.


If you have any questions, contact us at [email protected]. 

Copies are available online!