Local writers should check out these contest opportunities (with cash prizes for the winners) for their work. Hurry because deadlines are coming up!
Oregon Writers Colony is holding its fiction and nonfiction contests. This year they have a new category–50 Word Stories. Yes, you read that right. Submissions are required to be exactly 50 words in length (not counting the title). The deadline is August 15th, 2019.
Poets are invited to submit their work to the Oregon Poetry Association’s Fall contest. There are a number of categories, including one with the theme of “Our Common Life.” The deadline is September 1, 2019.
Journalist Lori Tobias profiles Liz Cole’s upcoming StoryTime shows for Oregon Arts Watch, a web site focused on Oregon’s arts and culture scene.
“Remember when you were a kid and the teacher gathered your class in a circle and read you a story? Well, turns out you don’t have to be a child to savor story time.
Professional actor Liz Cole came up with the idea of Story Time for Grown-Ups one day while she pondered what she really loved to do. The answer was two-fold: ride a bike and read beautifully written poems and stories. She took her idea for a series of story times to the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita and got the go-ahead. She’s been hosting a story time about once a year for the six years since.”
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The Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the winner of their first Poetry Contest
A poet who splits her time between Juneau, Alaska and Cape Meares, Oregon won the poetry contest held by the Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Helena Fagan will receive a $100 cash prize for her poem “Embrace,” and it will be published, along with a short interview, in the next issue of the North Coast Squid literary journal due out in November 2019.
“I kept returning to the lush opening imagery of this poem, its powerful connection to nature,” said Lana Ayers, the judge in this inaugural contest. “This poet delivers a sense of gratitude that makes the reader rush to count her blessings as well,” she added. Lana is a poet herself and the publisher of the Concrete Wolf chapbook series and MoonPath Press.
In addition to the winning poet, Lana recognized three poems as honorable mentions—”a tremendously difficult task with all the talented writers who submitted work to this contest.” The contest was capped at 50 poets, each submitting up to three poems.
- “Art of Careful Pruning” by Connie Soper, part-time Manzanita resident
- “Brush Rabbit Summer” by Emily Ransdell, part-time Manzanita resident
- “Transformation” by Cate Gable, Nahcotta, WA
Submissions for the seventh issue of the North Coast Squid, a journal of writing and art highlighting work from people with connections to the north Oregon coast, will be accepted June 1 through 30, 2019. A release event with selected readings and an art show will be held on November 2nd.
The contest and the literary journal are part of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.
Toni Zenker-Greening, a resident of Manzanita, has joined the board of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.
Zenker-Greening says her passion for the visual arts accelerated when she retired after 35 years in financial and general management, and began her involvement with the Hoffman Center. She and her colleagues on the Visual Arts Committee have dedicated themselves to raising the Center’s visual arts profile on the Oregon Coast by increasing the quantity, quality, and diversity of visual arts programs and workshops.
Zenker-Greening’s management career spanned a range of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including serving as CEO of Portland’s Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, chief administrative officer of law firms in Oregon and California, and president of the International Association of Legal Management.
Her civic engagement included board memberships on the City Club of Portland and the Reed College Women’s Committee. She was also a founding board member of Columbia Riverkeeper.
“I see the Hoffman Center as a magnet for artists seeking a home where they create, inspire, and build a community with art as its foundation,” said Zenker-Greening. “It can breathe cultural and economic life beyond our three villages. It is an open door to possibility for all of us who seek more than a place.”
Marc Johnson, a resident of Neahkahnie, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.
Johnson was an owner/partner with Gallatin Public Affairs, a Pacific Northwest consulting firm for more than 20 years. He managed the firm’s Idaho office, served as company president, and specialized in crisis communications. He retired from the firm at the end of 2017.
Johnson also served as press secretary and chief of staff to four-term Idaho Governor Cecil D. Andrus and worked in television news. He has chaired the boards of the Idaho Humanities Council, the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the Boise Public Library and Regence BlueShield of Idaho.
He currently serves on the North Tillamook County Friends of the Library board, volunteers for the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay, and is a member of the board of the Nehalem Bay Health District.
“The Hoffman Center is hugely important to the cultural life of our community,” said Johnson. “I’m honored to be involved with the board and hope to continue to further Hoffman Center-Library collaboration.”