Call for Submissions: 2020 Special Online Issue and Nonfiction Contest EXTINCTION

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The Sonora Review, in partnership with the UA Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, is seeking submissions for an upcoming special online issue and nonfiction contest on the theme of “EXTINCTION.”

Reading period: December 2, 2019 — ends March 27, 2020


Submissions should respond to the following prompt:

Extinction as concept and real possibility looms large. In the form of ice caps melting, white nationalist voices amplifying, mass shootings multiplying. Anne Marie Macari reflects on the exile of the feminine as “an extinction so widespread we hardly understand its consequences.” How might violence against women, from femicide to the exiling and erasing of the feminine/nonmasculine, be related to other processes or forms of extinction and irreversible harm? In what ways can this violence be understood as both effort to annihilate but also panicked attempt to prevent annihilation?

Nonfiction Contest

We are seeking works of literary nonfiction only. The contest will be judged by Lacy M. Johnson. The winner will receive $1000 and their piece will be printed as a micro booklet and inserted into the 77th edition of the Sonora Review.

Special Online Issue

We are accepting submissions in the following genres and mediums: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (creative nonfiction, personal essay, article (journalistic, academic/technical). We welcome multimedia submissions, (e.g. photo essays, short documentary, etc.). 

Submission Guidelines

  • Prose and Poetry: Please follow Sonora Reviews’ general submission guidelines. For the special online issue (non-contest submissions), we encourage public scholarship by researchers and scholars whose work focuses on gender-based violence (i.e. nonfiction that translates expertise so that it can be understood by a wide range of readership, avoids discipline-specific jargon, etc.), with a preference for work written using literary technique.
  • Multimedia: Photos may be submitted in .jpg, .gif, .tif, .png format, and videos under three minutes in length are preferred. All multimedia pieces must be accompanied by a supporting narrative.
  • Reviews and Interviews: Please query to the editors before submitting.