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.

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.

And new in 2019, we 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 15 for a show in the following year, except for art instructors who will be accepted as space allows.

Additional Gallery Submission Information

North Coast Squid

The next submission period for the North Coast Squid is now closed.  Release of the current journal is slated for November 2nd.  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

The Next Word & Image Project will be held in 2020. 

Our popular Word & Image: A Dialogue between Writers and Artists is taking a year off in 2019.  Look for more information in early 2020.  Meanwhile you can purchase a keepsake book of the 2017 and 2018 collections in the Hoffman Gallery or Cloud & Leaf Book Store.

Hoffman Center Poetry Contest

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

Here’s your chance to see your poem in print along with winning a $100 cash prize.

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 2019. 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, as well as in the next issue of North Coast Squid (November 2019) with a full-page spread including the poem, author photo, and an interview-based profile.

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, an author reading, or a musical performance, 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.