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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 April through June 2024 is Emerge. The prompt for July through September 2024 is Pets.

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.

Where Can I Buy The North Coast Squid?
The North Coast Squid can typically be found at select local and regional bookstore and merchant partners.  But get your copies early, as they do sell out. Net proceeds from the cover price go toward the cost of producing future editions.

Manzanita: Hoffman Gallery, Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, Manzanita News & Espresso, Wild Manzanita Grocery & Cafe’
Nehalem: Wild Coast Goods
Wheeler: The Roost
Garibaldi: Maritime Museum
Tillamook: Tillamook Country Pioneer Museum
Cannon Beach: Cannon Beach Book Company, Cannon Beach Art Gallery
Seaside: Beach Books
Astoria: Lucy’s Books, Salty Siren Bookstore

Or you can purchase a copy online.

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.