So Say We All, a San Diego-based 501c3 literary arts non-profit, is accepting submissions for its newest Incoming anthology, "Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen." We are accepting submissions from veterans, veteran family members, and interpreters who served with the US armed forces, for non-fiction stories and poems related to coping mechanisms the author partook in during deployment or the reintegration in civilian life. This can include but is in no way limited to affairs, violating protocol in the name of escapism, mental health vacations, shore leave / R&R adventures, emergency sex, adopting a base cat, or any other other interesting story that came from actions taken to alleviate boredom and preserve sanity during one’s service. We’re interested in any interpretation you might take on the theme, so feel free to surprise us.
We hope in choosing this topic that we’re able to offer veteran writers a chance to consider their service through humor, absurdism, and surrealism if they find it appropriate (though all takes on the theme are welcome), and provide our readers insights into the lesser-talked about inglorious aspects of service: the tricks and tales of what people have to do to endure boredom, loneliness, heartbreak, stress, trauma, and all the other human conflicts that undermine the all-consuming need to remain "effective". Active duty writers concerned about negatively affecting their careers are welcome to submit under a pen name. We get it.
Veterans of all branches and generations, active duty service members, military family members, and interpreters are welcome to submit non-fiction works up to 7,000 words in length or less. Previously published work is welcome as long as you indicate in your cover letter where the work received its first publication. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Contributors will receive a contributor copy by mail and request to perform on our NPR radio series by the same name.
You can learn more about our previous volume, Returning Home, read reviews, and hear stories from previous contributors here.
Submissions can be sent (no fee) via our Submittable link.
We look forward to reading your work!
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