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 “Colors.”

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.

Current Postings

Mr. Hobo Risin'-Tom Lackaff

Mr. Hobo Risin’-Tom Lackaff

Memoir: The first time you jump on a moving train, it feels like flying. Many of the elements of flight ...
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59 Days, 21 States-Laura E. Bailey

59 Days, 21 States-Laura E. Bailey

Memoir: There is a logic, a rhythm, to a well-executed road trip.  I’ve been planning this one for years, a ...
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Along the Way-Gary Albright

Along the Way-Gary Albright

Memoir:  Jim and I had been canoeing through Canada for years and, in fact, Jim had been doing so since ...
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Summertime-Gail B. Frank

Summertime-Gail B. Frank

Essay: Summertime and the livin’ is easy. So the song from Porgy and Bess goes. Even though most of us, ...
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Hurricane Lamps and Survival Crackers-Amber Jarvis

Hurricane Lamps and Survival Crackers-Amber Jarvis

Memoir: All the cracks have been filled with a mixture of dust and motor oil and spider webs. The hot ...
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Heaven, Take Note-Ellis Conklin

Heaven, Take Note-Ellis Conklin

Fiction: On the afternoon of June 29, 2051, Ted Falconer, director of the Pearl Sector Homeless Pavilion for the city ...
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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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