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 “Summer.”

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

America's Sport-Laura Bailey

America’s Sport-Laura Bailey

Nonfiction:  I’m not a nationalist, but I’ll accept the label of patriot.  I get teary as somebody (not me) hits ...
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Parallel Universe--Leigh Arevalo

Parallel Universe–Leigh Arevalo

Fiction: “NOBLAAAAAWWWCK!!!” The obnoxious yell whizzed past her right ear toward the baseball diamond. What did he say? He sounded ...
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Bye Bye, Baby!--Ellis Conklin

Bye Bye, Baby!–Ellis Conklin

Fiction:  “Now listen fellas, you gotta be pretty lousy to lose a hundred games. You gotta really stink up the ...
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Butterflies--Karen West

Butterflies–Karen West

Nonfiction: Like a nervous teenager about to meet her high school crush, I checked my makeup for the third time, ...
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A New House--Lynn Steinberg

A New House–Lynn Steinberg

Fiction: Sylvie was in love with her adopted home of Seattle – with the moody, gray skies, the rain, the ...
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When Will You Have This Much Time?--Kathie Hightower

When Will You Have This Much Time?–Kathie Hightower

Fiction: The scene in front of me looks like Judy Woodruff’s PBS News Hour home office. Bookcase behind her, carefully ...
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Rumbling Rambles--Jim Stewart

Rumbling Rambles–Jim Stewart

Nonfiction: I can sit on my motorcycle, rumbling down Coast Highway 101, following my front tire to Seaside. As long ...
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Retirement Blues--Robert "Butch" Freedman

Retirement Blues–Robert “Butch” Freedman

Nonfiction: Retirement is a tricky business. It can even be downright uncomfortable. I’m still trying to figure it out. I ...
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