Update 6: Literary Arts has launched the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers and Oregon Humanities is offering emergency funding for organizations. Both have deadlines coming up in May, which have been added to the calendar below.

Update 5: RACC has established an Emergency Artist Relief Fund to which you can apply and donate. They have also set up a page listing other relief resources.

Update 4: Two local Relief Funds for small businesses and artists have been set up if you’d like to apply for support or offer donations. They are the Portland Small Business Relief Fund and the Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund. Literary Portland is not personally associated with either of the funds, so, please direct all questions etc. to their respective organizations.

Update 2: A “stay at home” order has been issued by Gov. Kate Brown. See also this FAQ from OPB. Until the order is lifted, you can assume all in-person readings and events have been cancelled. We’ll continue to update things to match organization and stores’ calendars etc., but heed Brown’s orders and updates from officials on proper actions. Hope you all can stay safe, healthy, and cozy with a good book at home!

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Submission Deadline: Submission Reading Series: Call to Submit Poetry/Prose

April 1 @ 12:00 am

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

[From Submission’s email:

Hi friends,

We’re sure you have many other anxieties and preoccupations right now (we definitely do), but we wanted to let you know that we’ve extended the submission deadline for our upcoming reading to April 1st. As more information about the Coronavirus becomes available, we may push the submission deadline (and reading date) out even further — we’re playing things by ear.

Submissions are still open for writers who want to send in their work. In the event that we receive a huge number of submissions, we may have to cap them/the guest editors may select winners at a later date. Regardless of what happens, we’ll keep you informed.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and be good to each other — we’re sending good thoughts your way <3

The Editors]

Submission is a poetry and prose reading series curated by blind online submission. Right now, we are open to poetry/prose submissions for an iteration called “Submission by and for LGBTQIA+” open NOW until March 18th. It will be guest edited by LGBTQIA+ writers Cosima Bee Concordia (prose) and It’s Jayy Dodd (poetry).

Submissions will be open to writers who identify as LGBTQIA+, and we require that writers indicate that they identify as such in the cover letter (You do not have to identify *how* you identify, but only that you do). The prize in each genre category is $100 and a reading at the Q Center in PDX on May 2nd, alongside the guest editors ♥

NOTE – Facebook doesn’t allow us to create an event for this whole time period. Submissions are open NOW until the 18th, regardless of what the date indicates.

All writers should submit through our Submittable portal: https://submissionpdx.submittable.com/submit

Guest Editor Bios:

Cosima Bee Concordia (also known as Cozy) is a writer and submissive femme leatherdyke in love with books and blood, both her work and play particularly interested in the intersections of erotism and horror. In a past life she got a philosophy degree and taught English in Korea, but today she pays the bills as a bookseller trying to get better narratives into the hands of the public, having started an annual Trans Writes display of books 100% by trans and non-binary authors. She is currently working on a collection of queer horror stories and a personal nonfiction piece interrogating the masochism of Jesus. Follow her on Instagram (and twitter) @bimbotheory

the subject known as jayy dodd is a blxk trans womxn from los angeles, california– now based in Portland,OR. she is a artist, writer, & curator. her work has been featured in LitHub, Poetry Foundation, Oprah Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The New York Public Library among others. she is the Executive Director for Dovesong Labs (a development of Winter Tangerine), editor of A Portrait in Blues (Platypus Press 2017), author of Mannish Tongues (Platypus Press 2017) & The Black Condition ft. Narcissus (Nightboat Books 2019). she has been a Pushcart nominee, co-editor of Bettering American Poetry. she is a Lambda Literary Fellow & a PICA Precipice Grant Recipient. she is also known as Lady Tournament of The House of Olivier. find her talking trash online or taking a selfie.


Portland, OR 97207