“Variability” - Fall 2020

Call for Submissions

“I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my serpent's tongue...I will overcome the tradition of silence.” 

Gloria Anzaldúa, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” (1987)

Wild Tongue: A Journal of Contemporary Feminist Art is an annual publication curated by faculty and students in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. We publish poetry, prose, translations, visual art, and hybrid pieces that focus on, respond to, and/or engage with intersectional feminist themes.

For our inaugural issue, “Variability,” we are looking for work that responds to or reflects on the current moment: the COVID-19 pandemic, the movements for Black lives, the upcoming presidential election, and the “new” world in which we all live.

Wild Tongue aims to amplify the voices and visions of emerging feminist artists and we enthusiastically encourage submissions from everyone, with a focus on: people of color, trans and gender nonbinary folks, LGBTQIA+ folks, people with disabilities, immigrants and undocumented folks, survivors of violence, nuerodivergent folks, and other underrepresented creatives.

Submission Guidelines:

We are accepting submissions until November 20, 2020.

We will evaluate submissions based on their congruence with our theme of engagement with the present moment. Submissions are read “blindly,” and all decisions are made collectively amongst a team of faculty and undergraduate interns. We are intersectional in practice by valuing all contributors and taking a respectful amount of time to interact with their works.  

Wild Tongue only accepts previously unpublished work. Submitted work should not have appeared anywhere, including personal social media pages. We also encourage simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere! 

We only accept submissions via email at Please follow these guidelines when submitting:

In the subject line, please include your first name, last name, and genre of submission (ex: Mick Powell - Poetry Submission)
Please submit all documents (no longer than 8 pages for each genre, double-spaced and 12pt. font) in .docx format. Do not include any identifying information within the attached submission.
Poetry: up to 5 poems
Prose: up to 5 pieces
Visual Art: up to 5 pieces
Please submit all visual art in .jpg or tif formats at 300 dpi
In the body of your email, please include a short biography of 50-100 words

We look forward to reviewing your work!