The submission period for our tenth annual So It Goes Literary Journal opens January 1, 2021, and closes March 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The theme is Our Good Earth: Vonnegut and the Environment.

Once the submission site opens in January, click here to access submission forms. For more details, read below:

“Just in the nick of time they realized that it was their own habitat they were wrecking — that they weren’t merely visitors.” — Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut wrote about the evolution of man and his destruction of the environment in his 1985 novel Galapagos. Vonnegut was a writer with a conscious, and he often wrote about modern-day issues that he felt needed the world’s immediate attention. He spoke on the topic of the environment at rallies and graduations. He had a lot to say and insisted we have a lot to do to change the mess we’ve made.

In this edition, we will tackle everything from air pollution to shortage of clean water to all kinds of environments as they relate to people and their struggles and joys.

Need a little inspiration? Here are a few links to get you thinking:

The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Webcam the World by Heather McHugh

Now it’s your turn to create, following the Our Good Earth: Vonnegut and the Environment theme, but please do not submit “Vonnegut fan fiction,” as such material will be disqualified.

Submissions are limited to one work of prose (fiction & nonfiction) that is 1,250 words max OR two works of prose (fiction & nonfiction) that are a combined total word count of 1,250 words max OR up to five poems that are 1,250 words max for all five OR five photographs or artwork. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be automatically 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 or professional writers, poets, artists, and photographers; young or old; and current/retired military veterans. The veteran community was important to Vonnegut, so we imagine he’d love to see literary 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. If 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 must 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.

Please double space for prose and single space for poetry. Use 12-point, Times New Roman font. Group multiple poems into ONE document. DO NOT SUBMIT A PDF, or it will be disqualified. All submitters must include a cover letter with a brief biography.

Thank you in advance for your submissions to our tenth issue of So It Goes. The journal will launch online in Fall 2021. Selected contributors will receive one free hard copy. Previous issues of the So It Goes journal are available in the library’s online gift shop through

To learn more about our 2020 journal and its contributors, click here.

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

Copies are available online at our gift shop!