Submissions & Proposals

Submissions for Artists and Writers

There are several ways for artists and writers to share their work at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

In the Hoffman Gallery, there are two primary ways artists may show their work. One is to participate in a themed group show.  The other is to submit an application in the fall for the following year.

Associates of the Clay Studio can also submit to show and sell their work in the Potters’ Nook.

We publish the North Coast Squid, a journal that highlights art and writing, and our Word & Image project, where artists and writers respond to each other’s work.  Both of those projects feature artists and writers with strong connections to the North Oregon Coast.

We also hold a poetry contest every January. All these opportunities have specific deadlines, so check each of the sections below for updates. Or sign up for our e-newsletter, using the form below, to find out when we’re accepting submissions for each as they are announced.

Art Shows for the Hoffman Gallery

The mission of the Hoffman Gallery is to feature community art shows by North Oregon Coast artists–generally Clatsop and Tillamook Counties–to encourage art and creativity, and to showcase artists who also lead workshops or demos. Applications to show work are due by October 16 for a show in the following year, except for art instructors who will be accepted as space allows. Our curating committee reviews all the applications and schedules the artists for shows for the entire year.

Additional Gallery Submission Information

The Potters' Nook

Associates of the Hoffman Clay Studio are invited to show and sell the work they’ve created in the Studio. We are proud of the artists who work and volunteer in the Clay Program.  Their efforts sustain the studio as a place to create, learn and collaborate.  We are also happy to offer visitors the chance to purchase original, local art on site. Commissions on the work go directly to support operations and equipment in the Studio. Check out whose work is currently being featured.

Review the application process and apply here.

North Coast Squid

The next submission period for the North Coast Squid is now closed.  The current journal was released on November 2, 2019.  The next submission period will be in 2021. 

Look for current issues of the North Coast Squid on sale at Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, Manzanita News & Espresso, and Wild in Manzanita, the Beehive in Nehalem, The Roost in Wheeler, Tillamook County Pioneer Museum in Tillamook, Cannon Beach Books in Cannon Beach, Lucy’s Books in Astoria, and Beach Books in Seaside. Net proceeds from the cover price go towards future issues of the North Coast Squid.

Word & Image: A Dialogue Between Writers and Artists

Submissions for the Word & Image Project are open April 1 through April 30, 2020. 

The 5th Word & Image project will be accepting entries from April 1 through April 30, 2020. This Hoffman Center program pairs artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.

Writers submit three pieces of writing and artists submit three pieces of art. From the submissions, twelve writers and twelve artists will be selected by a judging team of past participants. Please review the detailed submission guidelines and a link for submissions.

The twelve selected artists and writers will be randomly paired.  We hope to do that in person at a Hoffman Center gathering on Friday, June 12th. It’s one of our favorite events where each pair gets to meet and get their first glimpse at the art or writing they’ll be responding to.  But, we are already planning a virtual event, just in case.  Each writer and artist will be given copies of the other’s submitted work—either printed at the event, or electronically.

Over the summer, each writer and each artist will create new work in response to one of the three pieces submitted by their partner. A writer might create a new poem in response to a watercolor, for example. A photographer might make a new image in response to a prose piece. The resulting new works will be due Friday, July 31st electronically.

If everything goes as planned, the artwork will be exhibited at the Word & Image event on October 2, where the writers will also read their new work.  The paired work will be printed on broadsides, which will hang in the Hoffman Gallery as well as published in a book.  Both will be available for sale.

We look forward to seeing your work. In the meantime:  make art, write poems, take care.

Hoffman Center Poetry Contest

Submission Period Open: January 1 – January 31, 2020.

Here’s your chance to win a $100 cash prize for your poem.

Submit poems of 30 lines or less, on any subject. Up to three poems will be accepted in a single submission document.

Each submitter must state a clear connection to the North Oregon Coast in the biographical statement that accompanies the submission.

The contest will be limited to the first 50 poets who submit during January 2020. Once we have 50 submissions, the contest will close. The winner will be notified in March.

There will be a $7 non-refundable fee to enter the contest. All submissions must be made online using the link below. Please follow the specific guidelines.

The contest will be judged by Lana Ayers, MFA, who has been publishing the Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series since 2001. In 2010, she created MoonPath Press to publish poetry collections by Pacific Northwest poets. She has authored nine collections of poetry and recently released her first novel.

The winning poem and poet will be featured in the Hoffman Center e-newsletter in April.

If you have questions, please email [email protected]

Review submission instruction details here.

Submit your work using the Submit button below.

To learn about these opportunities, sign up for the bi-weekly Hoffman Newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Workshop and Presentation Proposals

We’re always on the lookout for new arts and culture programming. Whether workshops in ceramics, writing or visual arts, presentations on important cultural issues, lectures on horticulture, or an author reading,  we’re interested in hearing from you. All proposals will be routed to the relevant program committee for review.

Please allow a minimum of six weeks to review and approve your proposal. This allows us plenty of time to complete materials and market your proposed class to potential attendees in advance of the scheduled class date(s).

  • Check our registration page to see which program is the best fit for your event.
  • Check our calendar to pick a few available dates for your event.
  • Fill out the online form and be sure to complete all the required fields
  • Attach any relevant images that can be used to promote your class (photos of yourself, your work, etc.)
  • Once you’ve completed the form, hit the SUBMIT button and you’ll receive an email confirmation

Questions?  Feel free to contact us.