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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 October through December 2023 is Transitions. The prompt for January through March 2024 is Blue.
The 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 were accepted during June, 2023. The publication will be released on November 3, 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.