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.


  • Deadline: June 15th

  • 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.

Tell us your stories. Send us your words. The world is listening.