"...The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." -- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The staff of The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library invites you to make your soul grow while possibly getting your work featured in this year's So It Goes: The literary journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. The KVM Library just began accepting submissions for its fifth annual edition. Entries may include short stories, creative nonfiction, fine art, poetry and photography.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The literary journal came about to attract works from established wordsmiths, virtual unknowns and those with a penchant for writing from every background.
In honor of Vonnegut’s home state and its bicentennial, this year’s theme is, but of course, Indiana. This means all submissions or the persons creating them must have something to do with the Hoosier state. As long as Indiana is somehow, in some manner, mentioned, involved or represented by either the piece or by the artist, it will meet that theme requirement.
Up to five different works may be entered per person. As for prose, there’s a 1,500-word limit. (Last year set a record for the number of short stories that were disqualified for blowing past that word count). For other tips, check out this Sky Blue Window blog by Hugh Vandivier from a couple of year back. As a member of the library's Advisory Board, Vandivier has weeded through his fair share of submissions the previous four years and offers some pointers on the process."No topic should be off limits. This year we ask that you incorporate the theme of Indiana somewhere in your work. I say it again because it bears repeating," Vandivier explains. "We want this literary magazine to serve as a lasting legacy to the unique voice of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Saying that, we're not looking for fan fiction or anything titled So It Goes. Express yourself with your unique voice."
He also says that amid the 100-some submissions the library receives each year, only polished pieces will pass the screening.
"Really hone your piece," says Vandivier. "Revise for tone, revise for readability, revise for consistency."