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Upcoming Submission Deadlines

January feels so new, but there are some great opportunity deadlines approaching. Across a variety of categories here are some upcoming submission deadlines for journals and programs in the area. Be sure to check other resources listed under Create and Organize for fuller lists provided by other organizations (such as Creative Capital’s posts on Residencies and other opportunities, Alliance of Artists Communities, TransArtists, NewPages, and Duotrope). If you know of others we haven’t listed here please let us know via email or on Instagram.


  • Pathos Literary Magazine (Jan 23rd!) – Pathos, PSU’s undergraduate lit mag, seeks work from current PSU students. Up to three submissions of any combination of genres are welcome, with poetry under 50 lines, and prose no more than 3,000 words. All works must be unpublished, and simultaneous submissions welcome (with notification of acceptance elsewhere). See full guidelines here.
  • The Gravity of the Thing (Jan 31st) – Seeking defamiliarized original work in various forms: short prose (3,000 words or less), flash (under 500 words), poetry (3 pieces of 500 words or less), six word stories, and pieces fitting the Baring the Device column, with a brief cover letter. Simultaneous submissions welcome (with notification of acceptance). See website for more.
  • Deep Overstock (Feb 1st) – For it’s fourth issue Deep Overstock is looking for nautical themed work of any medium. Simultaneous submissions welcome (with notification), no previously published works (private blogs the exception), and nothing over 3,000 words. One to two fiction subs (or three if under 1,000 words), up to 7 poems, and 4 – 12 images. See their submission guidelines for more details.
  • Windfall (Feb 1st) – A journal of poetry of place, seeking work that deal specifically with places in the Pacific Northwest. Original, previously unpublished works only, no specification given on simultaneous submissions, and up to five poems per submission. See website for more specific details.
  • Letter & Line (Feb 10th) – A literary and arts journal out of PCC Sylvania Campus that dedicates 20% of the journal to non-student work. Accepting up to 5 pieces of original work from any genre, prose limited to 1,000 words, and no simultaneous submissions. See the website for more details.
  • Oregon Humanities (Feb 8th (art) & Feb 13th (words)) – Oregon Humanities is looking for art and words relating to their next issue theme “Push.” For art they’re asking for works reflecting the theme and cover image. For words they’re asking that writers “share an experience about efforts to move something or someone. Tell us about demands, requests, or advocacy, about a shove in the wrong or right place at the wrong or right time. Explore historical or current events that display force or coercion with broad or deep consequences.” With a maximum of 400 words.
  • Portland Zine Symposium (Feb 15th) – From the newsletter: “Portland Zine Symposium is in its nineteenth year, and is collecting submissions for a zine on the subject of MISTAKES. Submissions can be comics, poetry, prose, illustration, photography, collage, etc. and should be formatted as a single legal sized page (8.5 x 14) to be printed as a spread.” Direct link to Submission form.
  • Astral Waters Review  (March 1st) – Seeking science fiction or fantasy work of all genres and mediums from creators identifying as female, nonbinary, POC, or LGBTQ+. Written works limited to 7 pages or 4,000 words, no more than 4 poems, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. See page for more details.

Awards and Contests

  • The Roswell Award (Jan 28th) – Recognizing an author and translator team for original science fiction short stories. 500 – 1,500 word limits. Prizes include publication, ceremony recognition and reading, and cash prizes ($500 – $100). See more details on the link above, or here.
  • Write to Publish Writing Contest (Feb 1st – March 1st) – “The annual Write to Publish writing contest is looking for original, unpublished pieces of writing in either fiction, nonfiction, or poetry to enter in for the chance to win a cash prize, publication in a local journal, and opportunity to speak at the conference. The submission period starts on February 1, 2019 and ends on March 1, 2019.” More info TBA.
  • Loving Gaze Poetry Contest (Feb 1st – April 1st) – A poetry contest for women and non-binary writers. Submissions should contain no more than three previously unpublished poems. Please specify submissions are for the contest. The winner will receive $75 and have their work published in Gaze. All other submissions will be considered for regular publication and standard compensation as well.


  • RACC’s Project Grant Program (Feb 20th) – “RACC’s Project Grant Program provides financial support to individual artists and not-for-profit organizations in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, for project based arts programming. Grants are awarded up to $7,000 and are available in three categories: Artistic Focus, Arts Equity & Access, and Arts Services.” Check the website for full project grant guidelines.


  • Mineral School (Feb 15th) – Set in Mineral, WA this two-week residency hosts 20 artists of varying genres during four periods from May to September. Meals, housing, and time provided. Artists and writers are invited to give public presentations and optionally share their work with the local community. See the website for more details on living spaces and arrangements. Fellowships also available.
  • PLAYA Residency (Feb 15th) – Two-week, three-week, and four-week sessions available at this residency in a remote, isolated community in Summer Lake, OR, with various living spaces and accommodations. Open to a wide range of participants working within technical fields as well as creative arts. Samples of work requested, as well as a cover letter, and a $35 processing fee (for individuals, different rates apply to teams).
  • Hypatia and Holly House (Feb 15th) – A residential retreat center for women in all creative arts including visual, written, and performance on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Residencies range from one week to one month. Application asks for samples of work, project description, resume, and $20 processing fee.


  • IPRC Night of Pie (No Date Given) – IPRC community organizers are seeking writers and bakers for their celebration of Pi Day: Night of Pie, which benefits the IPRC. This year’s theme is pizza pie! Those interested should contact the organizers at

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