Editors Announce 2019 'So It Goes' Theme!

Editors at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library's annual print literary journal "So It Goes" have announced that the 2019 theme regards the 50th anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's debut novel, "Slaughterhouse-Five."

Editors seek new and previously published poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual art. More than 50 percent of the content of each year's issue of "So It Goes" is generated by military veterans and families. Editors say full 2019 guidelines are forthcoming Jan. 15, 2019, and that submissions will open Feb. 1, 2019. Deadline is May 1, 2019.

Vonnegut was born on November 11--a date variously celebrated as Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, and Armistice Day--and the annual release of the journal is typically tied to the November date.

The novel "Slaughterhouse-Five," subtitled "The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death," is an anti-war science-fiction tale, in which a U.S. soldier captured by the Germans during World War II becomes unstuck in time. The narrative is non-linear, but the original circumstances in which the character Billy Pilgrim finds himself are semi-autobiographical. Vonnegut was an intelligence scout in the 106th Infantry "Golden Lion" Division. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and his insights as a prisoner of war (P.O.W.) during the fire-bombing of Dresden are a key event in the novel.

Current and past issues of the journal can be ordered via the library's on-line store here. Past themes featured by the "So It Goes" literary journal have included:
  • War and peace (2012)
  • Humor (2013)
  • Creativity (2014)
  • Social justice (2015)
  • Indiana Bicentennial (2016)
  • "A little more common decency" (2017)
  • "Lonesome No More" (2018)

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