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 first prompt for 2023 is Scarlet (January through March)
There will be an open mic for Community Writes contributors to read their work on March 18, at 4 pm. Contributors will receive an invitation to participate.
Scarlet Fever–Ellis Conklin
Mutability–Isa de Quesada
Deeper Scars–Georgianna Marie
Book Weirdness–Kathie Hightower
Racy Red Ridge–Kelly Jacobsen
Life and Death–Georgianna Marie
Blood Red–Jennifer Nightingale
Ode to My Husband’s Hearing Aids–Claire Weiner
The Have Nots–Sue McGrath
Dementia as a Blessing–Karen West
Joie de Vivre–Corinne Hughes
The List–Georgianna Marie
Gratitude Unchained–Jim Stewart
Gratefully Grieving–Kelly Jacobsen
Song of Gratitude–Margaret Chula
Falcon Cove–Georgianna Marie
The Stranger–Georgianna Marie
Recipe for Camping–Karen LaGrave Small
Dream Vacation–Stevie Stephens Burden
The Nutty Vacation–Ellis Conklin
Dog Days–Andy Barker
Always the Wind–Julie Young
Joni’s Wind–Ellis Conklin
Rain Pants–Cyndi Stuart
John F. Kennedy–Ellis Conklin
Chance of Rain–Tom Lackaff
Rain Dance–Katja Biesanz
Incoming Storm–Neal Lemery
How to Survive a Storm–Barry Paul
Backfire–Mark Scott Smith
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 open for the next Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize January 1-31, 2023.
You may have an award-winning poem! Join other poets in the annual Hoffman Center contest and compete to win a $100 prize and publication on the Hoffman Center’s website.
The first place winner receives $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.
The contest judge this year is Lauren Mallett, the second place winner of last year’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.
Note: 2022 winners listed below were selected by Lana Hechtman Ayers, publisher of Moonpath Press.
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.