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

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

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 — 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

For the 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. Please submit work via Submittable.

Special Issue Contest

For the online special 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.). Please submit work via Submittable.


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.

About the contest judge:

Lacy M. Johnson is a Houston-based professor, curator, activist, and is author of the essay collection, The Reckonings, as well as two memoirs, The Other Side and Trespasses. The Other Side, a haunting account of Johnson’s experience of sexual and domestic violence at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, weaves together a richly personal narrative with police reports, psychological evaluations, and neurobiological investigations, provoking both troubling and timely questions about gender roles and the epidemic of violence against women. The Reckonings also draws from Johnson’s personal experience of gender-based violence, as well as from philosophy, art, literature, mythology, anthropology, film, and other fields, to consider how our ideas about justice might be expanded beyond vengeance and retribution to include acts of compassion, patience, mercy, and grace. The Reckonings was named a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Criticism and one of the best books of 2018 by Boston Globe, Electric Literature, Autostraddle, Book Riot, and Refinery 29. The Other Side was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime, and the CLMP Firecracker Award in Nonfiction; it was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer Selection for 2014, and was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus, Library Journal, and the Houston Chronicle. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Guernica, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, Sentence, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction at Rice University <http://www.rice.edu/> and is the Founding Director of the Houston Flood Museum <https://www.houstonfloodmuseum.org/>.