North Coast Squid Submission Information


About Our Local Literary Journal

The North Coast Squid is an annual literary magazine to showcase work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area.

Some Submission Details:

All work must be submitted electronically via the link on our Submissions Page and must arrive by the deadline indicated. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we must know prior to publication of our journal if a submitted piece is being published elsewhere.

Writers are invited to submit one piece per prose category (fiction and nonfiction) and up to three pieces for the poetry category. Word length for fiction and narrative nonfiction (including memoir) is 1500 words. All work must be previously unpublished. Judges read submissions “blind” to ensure their decisions are based on the work. The editorial team takes no responsibility for correcting spelling or grammar, so please proof your work before submission. Too many errors may disqualify the piece.

Prose pieces must be in Word, page numbered, double-spaced, in 12 pt. font, one-inch margins, with the title on each page (lower right hand corner), and no more than 1500 words long. Use the title as the file name. Do not include your name and contact information in the document or file name.

Poetry should be in 12 pt. font and can be single-spaced, and page numbered if poems go beyond one page. If formatting (indentation, etc.) is critical to the poetry submission, please send a pdf file to preserve that. If you have more than one poem to submit, send them together in one file, with each poem titled and beginning on a new page. Use the first title as the file name. Do not include your name and contact information in the document or file name.

Art To ensure high quality reproduction, photographs should be in jpg or jpeg format, with at least 300 dpi resolution.  Line drawings should also be scanned at 300 dpi resolution. Art within the publication will be black and white—artists should convert their work to black and white, or the North Coast Squid staff can do that, if necessary.

Cover Art submissions should be in color—either paintings or photographs—and have the same resolution and jpgor jpeg format. Pieces that are taller than they are wide have a better chance of being selected since the magazine is in a vertical format. Artists may submit up to three images for the cover. The editorial team may choose to use a color image for the inside black and white images, unless expressly prohibited by the artist.

All work must be submitted electronically via the Submissions page. The system will prompt for submission category and title, allow uploads, and ask for a bio no longer than 50 words, which includes the author/artist’s connection to the north Oregon coast area.

As indicated above the submissions period for the North Coast Squid is currently closed.

Please check back here and on the home page for notifications that we are accepting submissions for the next edition of the North Coast Squid.