Community Writes

COMMUNITY WRITES is seeking submissions for a new program 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 fiction, non-fiction or memoir and will be published on this page. There is a $5 fee per submission.

The current theme is “Baseball.”

Topics and Deadlines

“New Beginnings”  December 1, 2020-January 15, 2021
“Baseball”  March 1, 2021-April 15, 2021
“Summer”  June 1, 2021-July 15, 2021
“Colors” September 1, 2021-October 15, 2021

General Guidelines

 

 

  • Contributions should be a minimum of 500 words, and no more than 800 words, focused on prompts that will change each quarter.
  • One submission per writer per quarter.
  • Electronic submissions only.
  • Writers will be asked for a brief bio describing their connection to the North Oregon Coast.
  • Submissions will be published as received, on a rolling basis.
  • Entries will be lightly edited, with corrections for typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors.
  • While we discourage anonymous submissions, we recognize there are instances in which writers may feel compromised by identifying themselves. We will consider requests to publish such pieces on an individual basis.
  • We reserve the right to exclude inappropriate content.
  • The first prompt is “New Beginnings.”
  • Contributions are due no later than January 15, 2021 for the inaugural prompt.

Current Postings

All You Need is Glove-Tom Lackaff

All You Need is Glove-Tom Lackaff

Memoir: I was not an athletic kid by any 7th inning stretch of the imagination. As an only child, I lacked ...
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Two Religions-Lorraine Ortiz

Two Religions-Lorraine Ortiz

Memoir: There were two religions in my family, Catholicism and baseball.  My Dad was a life-long fanatic of both. Devotion ...
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The Ballgame-Julie Young

The Ballgame-Julie Young

Memoir:  My father played baseball once a year. No glove, no cleats, no practice, but a deep affection for family ...
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The Catcher-Marc Johnson

The Catcher-Marc Johnson

Essay: He is the only one of nine who sees all the game facing forward. If the object is to ...
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Grand Slam-Vera Wildauer

Grand Slam-Vera Wildauer

Memoir:  I was a rather oblivious mom when it came to my son’s sports events. Especially when it came to ...
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Crazed Baseball Moms-Karen West

Crazed Baseball Moms-Karen West

Memoir:  You know the type. That overbearing baseball mom who shouts through the fence: are you kidding me? when the ...
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Shea Metski-Robert Liebler

Shea Metski-Robert Liebler

Fiction: Chapter 1 Twice upon two times, magic would dramatically alter the fortunes of baseball’s New York Mets. First, there ...
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The Longest Out-Dan Haag

The Longest Out-Dan Haag

Nonfiction:  I love baseball. It offers a sense of order in an often chaotic, messy world. There is poetry in ...
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