North Coast Squid Submission Information
Submissions accepted May 15-June 30 (Young Writers June 1-30)
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.
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.
There is a submission fee of $3 for each category submitted. The fee is waived for writers 18 and younger.
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 All work must be previously unpublished.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: Artists may submit up to three pieces. Photographs should be in jpg format, with at least 300 dpi in resolution; line drawings should be scanned at 300 dpi resolution. Due to printing costs, only a small number of color pieces can be printed. Most art within the publication will be black and white — artists are encouraged to convert images to black and white. The editorial team may choose to convert a color submission to black and white, unless expressly prohibited by the artist. Artists submitting work specifically intended to be the “cover” design should make sure it is a vertical image, and note that in the Bio section of the submission form.
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.