Writing has been an integral part of the Hoffman Center for the Arts from its earliest days. We welcome writers of all interests and skill levels to be a part of our diverse and thriving community.
Our programming includes writing workshops, author readings, publications and a writing lounge as well as other opportunities for creative expression and inspiration.
COMMUNITY WRITES is seeking submissions to engage writers with strong ties to the north Oregon Coast. Whether you live here all year or visit regularly, we invite our community members to write short pieces inspired by the topics below. Entries may be poetry, fiction, non-fiction or memoir and will be published on this page. There is a $5 fee per submission.
There will also be an opportunity for writers to read their pieces at periodic Open Mic events.
The current prompt for July through September 2023 is Cars. The next prompt for October through December 2023 is Transitions.
North Coast Squid
The North Coast Squid, A Journal of Local Writing, was first published in 2012 in collaboration with The North Coast Citizen and is now published by the Hoffman Writing Program. This literary magazine offers local writers and artists—as well as those who have a strong connection to the north Oregon coast—a way to share their work in print.
Submissions for the 9th edition of magazine will be accepted during June, 2023. The publication will be released in November, 2023.
Word & Image
Word & Image takes the Greek tradition of Ekphrasis — which is writing in response to art, and turns the tables to include art in response to writing. The combinations of word and image that result often reveal surprising new layers of meaning, and give both artists and writers the rare opportunity to see their art reflected in the work of another’s. Writers and artists are randomly paired and have approximately six weeks to create new work. The paired pieces are exhibited in the form of broadsides in the Hoffman Gallery and also collected in a keepsake book, both of which are for sale. Word & Image is produced in even-numbered years.
Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize,
Submissions are closed for this year’s Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize and the winners are shown below.
The first place winner received $100 cash and has their poem published on the website and in the ninth edition of the North Coast Squid in 2023. Second and third place winners also get their poems published on the website (see below). Honorable mentions are also listed below.
In addition, the winning poets will read their work at a special Hoffman Center event on April 23 which will celebrate the launch of a new poetry collection by part-time Manzanita resident Connie Soper. The reading begins at 3 pm. For details and registration, click here.
The contest judge this year was Lauren Mallett, the second place winner of 2022’s Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her recent writing appears in Poetry Northwest, Puerto del Sol, The Seventh Wave, The Night Heron Barks, Sprung Formal, and other journals. She serves on the Oregon Poetry Association’s Board of Directors. Lauren is the Student Contest Chair of Cascadia, an online anthology and contest for Oregon’s young poets. She is the recipient of a 2021-2022 Cannon Beach Arts Artist Grant. Lauren teaches at Warrenton High School.
Submissions for the next Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize will be accepted in January 2024.
Wonder Garden Poetry Post
Submissions open for the next Wonder Garden Poetry Post September 1 through October 31, 2022.
Submit your work on the theme of “Seasons in the Garden” for display in the Wonder Garden’s all-weather, all-seasons poetry post. We seek poems that reflect the experience of the garden, not only in summer’s colorful bloom, but all year long.
Poems should explore place, environment, and/or the relationship between humans and the garden.
Poets will be notified on November 15th and will be posted for one month in the Wonder Garden, and on the website afterwards.