Welcome to Utterance 


Utterance is a space we’ve created to hold your words, your feelings, your deepest secrets. We know too well the experience of sharing our experiences and being told that we shouldn’t. We know the feeling of wondering if our words can actually be literature if they are about how we bleed (or don’t) every month, or about the baby latched to our nipples all day, or about fighting against the reflection we see in the mirror every morning. We have wondered if our rejected pieces weren’t “a fit” because of their style, or because they were about the abortions we’ve had, the emotional labors we’ve saddled ourselves with, or the rage that trembles inside our cells.


So often, when people who identify as female/trans/non-binary write about their personal lives, it’s labeled “confessional.” But let’s be clear: speaking about your life isn’t an act of confessing. There isn’t anything inherently sinful about being who you are, even if society chooses to push you to its margins and tell you that your stories aren’t important.


How It Works 


We currently accept submissions on a rolling basis, though we cap our submissions at 100 per month. If, upon visiting our submissions page, you come across a note that says "there are presently no open calls for submissions," know that we have simply reached our monthly cap. We invite you to come back and submit your work the following month. We hope you will!


Your stories are important. They are worthy of literature. And we can’t wait to hear them.



Voicing Roe 


Call for submissions >  Voicing Roe, Special Issue, Fall 2018

In light of the devastation that Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination will likely bring about for reproductive rights, we are calling for your stories about abortion. Your abortions, or your friends’, or your mothers’. The abortions you didn’t have, the ones that destroyed you, the ones you never thought twice about, the ones that happened at home in your bathroom.  We are calling for the art you’ve made--your poems, your creative nonfiction, and anything in between--from this heavily politicized and highly personal event. 

 We’re looking for work that is raw and real and good. Tell us the stories you worry aren’t cool enough to be literature. The ones someone in workshop called “too confessional.” The ones that show us what it means to live in your body and in this world. We want to weep with you and cheer for you and rage with you. We know that deeply personal work can be and is art of the highest form, and we’re excited that you want to share yours with us. 

 We publish the work of people who identify as/alongside female, trans, or non-binary (in other words: not cis-male). When you submit your work, please tell us which pronouns you use, so we can be sure to use them too. 

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Please send 2-5 poems as a Word document or as a PDF, if its current formatting is important. Include a short bio (no more than 100 words) and a brief cover letter in the body of your email. 

 We’re looking for work that is raw and real and good. Tell us the stories you worry aren’t cool enough to be literature. The ones someone in workshop called “too confessional.” The ones that show us what it means to live in your body and in this world. We want to weep with you and cheer for you and rage with you. We know that deeply personal work can be and is art of the highest form, and we’re excited that you want to share yours with us. 


We publish the work of people who identify as/alongside female, trans, or non-binary (in other words: not cis-male). When you submit your work, please tell us which pronouns you use, so we can be sure to use them too.
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Please send no more than 3000 words in a Word document or as a PDF, if its current formatting is important. Include a short bio (no more than 100 words) and a brief cover letter in the body of your email. 

We’re looking for work that is raw and real and good. Tell us the stories you worry aren’t cool enough to be literature. The ones someone in workshop called “too confessional.” The ones that show us what it means to live in your body and in this world. We want to weep with you and cheer for you and rage with you. We know that deeply personal work can be and is art of the highest form, and we’re excited that you want to share yours with us.

We publish the work of people who identify as/alongside female, trans, or non-binary (in other words: not cis-male). When you submit your work, please tell us which pronouns you use, so we can be sure to use them too.
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We have a soft spot for poetic hybrid work. Please send no more than 3000 words in a Word document or as a PDF, if its current formatting is important. Include a short bio (no more than 100 words) and a brief cover letter in the body of your email. 

We’re looking for work that is raw and real and good. Tell us the stories you worry aren’t cool enough to be literature. The ones someone in workshop called “too confessional.” The ones that show us what it means to live in your body and in this world. We want to weep with you and cheer for you and rage with you. We know that deeply personal work can be and is art of the highest form, and we’re excited that you want to share yours with us.

We publish the work of people who identify as/alongside female, trans, or non-binary (in other words: not cis-male). When you submit your work, please tell us which pronouns you use, so we can be sure to use them too.
 ______________________________________________________

We have a soft spot for poetic hybrid work. Please send no more than 3000 words in a Word document or as a PDF, if its current formatting is important. Include a short bio (no more than 100 words) and a brief cover letter in the body of your email. 

 We’re looking for work that is raw and real and good. Tell us the stories you worry aren’t cool enough to be literature. The ones someone in workshop called “too confessional.” The ones that show us what it means to live in your body and in this world. We want to weep with you and cheer for you and rage with you. We know that deeply personal work can be and is art of the highest form, and we’re excited that you want to share yours with us. 


We publish the work of people who identify as/alongside female, trans, or non-binary (in other words: not cis-male). When you submit your work, please tell us which pronouns you use, so we can be sure to use them too.
______________________________________________________

Please send no more than 3000 words in a Word document or as a PDF, if its current formatting is important. Include a short bio (no more than 100 words) and a brief cover letter in the body of your email. 

 We’re looking for work that is raw and real and good. Tell us the stories you worry aren’t cool enough to be literature. The ones someone in workshop called “too confessional.” The ones that show us what it means to live in your body and in this world. We want to weep with you and cheer for you and rage with you. We know that deeply personal work can be and is art of the highest form, and we’re excited that you want to share yours with us. 


We publish the work of people who identify as/alongside female, trans, or non-binary (in other words: not cis-male). When you submit your work, please tell us which pronouns you use, so we can be sure to use them too.
______________________________________________________

Please send no more than 3000 words in a Word document or as a PDF, if its current formatting is important. Include a short bio (no more than 100 words) and a brief cover letter in the body of your email.