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 



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


If you’ve ever had a favorite outfit —
if you’ve ever worn an item of clothing with familial or cultural significance —
if you've ever read fashion magazines in pjs or ripped jeans or a faded shirt with teeny holes worn in —
if you have ever thought I adore fashion
if you’ve ever thought I adore fashion but didn’t wanted to admit it —
if you have ever thought fashion was where you belonged if it was more inclusive of your ideas of gender or self, or was more inclusive in size/color/ability/orientation —

Write about it!  Submit your poem, creative nonfiction piece, or hybrid writing to the first annual Utterance Journal Contest. This year our theme is… you guessed it: fashion. We can’t wait to read your work and even better, we can’t wait to put finalists’ work in the hands of our go-to writing & fashion guru Arielle Greenberg. Winners will be selected in each category (poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid) and receive publication in a special online Fashion Week issue due out mid-September. Winners will also receive the humble glory of being the first to win our inaugural contest.

Does this sound too scary? The editors are going to be scared alongside you, writing our own pieces about fashion & what it means (or doesn’t mean) to us. 

What else should you know? All contest submissions will be considered for publication in either the Fashion Week issue or as featured work on the Utterance Journal website.

Details:

  • Deadline: June 16th
  • Entry fee: $10
  • Judge: Arielle Greenberg
  • Only one entry per category; submissions in multiple categories are allowed with multiple entry fees.
  • Our general submission policy very much applies; read more about it here.

     ______________________________________________________

    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.

If you’ve ever had a favorite outfit —
if you’ve ever worn an item of clothing with familial or cultural significance —
if you've ever read fashion magazines in pjs or ripped jeans or a faded shirt with teeny holes worn in —
if you have ever thought I adore fashion
if you’ve ever thought I adore fashion but didn’t wanted to admit it —
if you have ever thought fashion was where you belonged if it was more inclusive of your ideas of gender or self, or was more inclusive in size/color/ability/orientation —

Write about it!  Submit your poem, creative nonfiction piece, or hybrid writing to the first annual Utterance Journal Contest. This year our theme is… you guessed it: fashion. We can’t wait to read your work and even better, we can’t wait to put finalists’ work in the hands of our go-to writing & fashion guru Arielle Greenberg. Winners will be selected in each category (poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid) and receive publication in a special online Fashion Week issue due out mid-September. Winners will also receive the humble glory of being the first to win our inaugural contest.

Does this sound too scary? The editors are going to be scared alongside you, writing our own pieces about fashion & what it means (or doesn’t mean) to us. 

What else should you know? All contest submissions will be considered for publication in either the Fashion Week issue or as featured work on the Utterance Journal website.

Details:

  • Deadline: June 16th
  • Entry fee: $10
  • Judge: Arielle Greenberg
  • Only one entry per category; submissions in multiple categories are allowed with multiple entry fees.
  • Our general submission policy very much applies; read more about it here.

     ______________________________________________________

    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.

If you’ve ever had a favorite outfit —
if you’ve ever worn an item of clothing with familial or cultural significance —
if you've ever read fashion magazines in pjs or ripped jeans or a faded shirt with teeny holes worn in —
if you have ever thought I adore fashion
if you’ve ever thought I adore fashion but didn’t wanted to admit it —
if you have ever thought fashion was where you belonged if it was more inclusive of your ideas of gender or self, or was more inclusive in size/color/ability/orientation —

Write about it!  Submit your poem, creative nonfiction piece, or hybrid writing to the first annual Utterance Journal Contest. This year our theme is… you guessed it: fashion. We can’t wait to read your work and even better, we can’t wait to put finalists’ work in the hands of our go-to writing & fashion guru Arielle Greenberg. Winners will be selected in each category (poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid) and receive publication in a special online Fashion Week issue due out mid-September. Winners will also receive the humble glory of being the first to win our inaugural contest.

Does this sound too scary? The editors are going to be scared alongside you, writing our own pieces about fashion & what it means (or doesn’t mean) to us. 

What else should you know? All contest submissions will be considered for publication in either the Fashion Week issue or as featured work on the Utterance Journal website.

Details:

  • Deadline: June 16th
  • Entry fee: $10
  • Judge: Arielle Greenberg
  • Only one entry per category; submissions in multiple categories are allowed with multiple entry fees.
  • Our general submission policy very much applies; read more about it here.

    _______________________________________________________
    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 1 poem 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.
______________________________________________________


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. 


If you are interested in submitting, but the reading fee is a hardship for you, please, please, please email us at: hello@utterancejournal.com. We want to read your work, and we don’t want money to get in the way of that. 

 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. 


If you are interested in submitting, but the reading fee is a hardship for you, please, please, please email us at: hello@utterancejournal.com. We want to read your work, and we don’t want money to get in the way of that. 

 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 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. 


If you are interested in submitting, but the reading fee is a hardship for you, please, please, please email us at: hello@utterancejournal.com. We want to read your work, and we don’t want money to get in the way of that.