5th Edition North Coast Squid Literary Journal is available up and down the coast

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The journal showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. The Squid includes art and photography from local artists as well.

Expenses are covered through fundraising, in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

Great gift idea for the holidays and now available at the following outlets for $7 each:

 

 

Astoria:
The Blue Scorcher
Lucy’s Books

Seaside:
Beach Books

Cannon Beach:
Cannon Beach Books
Jupiter’s Books

Manzanita:
Cloud & Leaf Bookstore
Manzanita News & Espresso

Nehalem:
The Beehive

Wheeler:
The Roost

Tillamook:
The Pioneer Museum

Launch Party for 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid on October 8

squid-5-coverManzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid literary journal at 7 pm on Saturday, October 8. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Seventy-seven writers submitted 160 pieces. Thirty-eight submissions were chosen by outside judges. Judith Barrington judged poetry, Cari Luna judged fiction and Brian Benson judged non-fiction.

The category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and previously advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The Squid includes art and photography from local artists as well.

The expenses are covered through fundraising, in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2016/2017.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $7 cover price will go to produce future editions of the magazine.

For further information contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com

 

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Writing Critique Group Set for April 30

squid illustrationJoin fellow writers interested in submitting to the next issue of the North Coast Squid for a Writing Lab, Saturday, April 30. We will meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

The purpose of this workshop is to get feedback from fellow writers as you offer your insights to other participants on their writing.

Please bring $5 (workshop fee) and 10 copies of one piece you are considering for submission to the Squid (one poem or one prose piece–1500 words, fiction or nonfiction).

There is no need to register, however, please let us know if you plan on coming by emailing northcoastsquid@gmail.com

Submit to the North Coast Squid March 1 through May 31, 2016

ink the squid button art v3The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in October 2016.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 through May 31, 2016. Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category. All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art, photos and photos of sculptures will also be solicited for cover art and inside art.

Judith Barrington will judge poetry. She is the award-winning author of four poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir.

Brian Benson will judge nonfiction. He is author of Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America and teaches writing at the Attic in Portland.

Cari Luna will judge fiction. The Oregonian named Luna’s novel, The Revolution of Every Day, a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, PANK, Avery Anthology, failbetter, Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere.

For more information about the judges click here.

All work must be submitted electronically here . Or go to the North Coast Squid page and click on the submit button.  Submissions must arrive by midnight on May 31, 2016.

Writers are invited to submit one piece per prose (fiction and nonfiction) category and three pieces for the poetry category. Word length for fiction and narrative nonfiction (including memoir) is 1,500 words each. All work must be previously unpublished.

Our Young Writer category accepts submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young writers age 18 and under.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, are selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.

Complete guidelines on format are here.

Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the schedule and judges for the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal

ink the squid button art v3Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the schedule and judges for the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid, a Journal for Local Writing.

The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in October 2016.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 through May 31, 2016. Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category. All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art and photos will also be solicited for cover art and inside art. Watch for coming detailed submission guidelines.

With submissions possible thru May 31, take advantage of all our upcoming writing workshops to help you submit your best work — workshops on humor, personal essay, poetry, and more!  Click here.  Also we have Writing Lounge every Tuesday from 10:30 to 1pm at the Hoffman Center, with a drop-in fee of $5, where you can get feedback on your writing from fellow writers.

Judith Barrington will judge poetry for the North Coast Squid. She is the award-winning author of four poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her latest collection, The Conversation, resulted from one poem winning the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition in 2013, which resulted in an Irish publisher bringing out her work in a new book.

Brian Benson will judge nonfiction. He is author of Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America. Benson teaches writing at the Attic in Portland and is currently working on The River Signal, an original radio story written on a paddlewheel riverboat as it floats the Mississippi.

Cari Luna will judge fiction. The Oregonian named Luna’s debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. The book received great reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, BUST Magazine, and Portland Mercury and was chosen as Book of the Week by editors at Oprah.com. Luna is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, and her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, PANK, Avery Anthology, failbetter, Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere.

Our Young Writer category accepts submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young writers age 18 and under.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, are selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.

Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal on Saturday, April 18

SquidCoverEdition4Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal at 7pm on Saturday, April 18. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Sixty-six writers submitted 140 pieces. Thirty-five were chosen by outside judges. Lindsay Hill judged poetry, Deborah Reed judged fiction and Lauren Kessler judged non-fiction.

This year’s new category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The Squid includes 19 pieces of art and photography from local artists as well. (24 artists submitted 74 pieces).

This edition was partially funded by a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. The rest of the expenses are covered through in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

The campaign-funding goal was $3000. Support from local fans as well as friends and family of Squid volunteers and submitters raised $3600.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2015.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $5 cover price go to produce future editions of the magazine.

The Hoffman Center will be announcing another great project for local writers and artists during the evening’s activities.

Crowdfunding Campaign for the North Coast Squid

video overlay imageManzanita Writers’ Series kicks off crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to print and launch the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid, a Journal for Local Writing..

The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in April.

The crowdfunding campaign, through Indiegogo, is just one part of the overall budget. The rest of the expenses are covered through in-kind donations of submission management, design time, editing, and with Squid sales.

Donation amounts range from $25 to $500. In thanks for each donation, a perk is available.

Perks vary, from a copy of the Squid with your name on the donor page, a signed print of the cover image, to a literary agent review of your book proposal. You can even have a character named for you in Phillip Margolin’s next novel.

The campaign funding goal is $3000, with a stretch goal of $5000. That would allow a few pages of color on the inside as well as the cover of the Squid, to showcase great local art that is included with the writing. Any amount raised past the goal will go to the next Squid.

Click here to visit the campaign page and check out our cool little video (made by our friend Judson Moore).

The campaign ends at 1159 PST on March 18.

 

 

Your Beach House Can ‘Ink the Squid’!

squid covers imageDo you have a beach house that you rent to visitors?  Would you like to support the next issue of the North Coast Squid?

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is launching a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com to fund the printing costs of the North Coast Squid, A Journal of Local Writing.  The magazine’s mission is to give voice to local writers and artists, as well as those who have strong ties to the north Oregon coast.

In the past, we’ve funded the project in part with grants and sponsorships from local businesses and individuals. For this issue, we would like to try something new.

To prepare for the campaign we’re collecting “perks” to offer contributors.  For example, at the $25 level, each donor will receive the magazine and have their name printed on the donor page.  At a $100 donors will receive the magazine, recognition and a year’s pass to all six Manzanita Writers’ Series events.

For writers, we have levels to get a tour of Portland publisher Tin House and lunch with one of the editors or an online writing class with New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Lauck.

We would like to add a beach weekend to our list of perks.  Do you have a home here at the coast that you already rent to visitors?  Would you be willing to donate a weekend’s lodging?

Your donation would make a huge impact as weekends away are among the most popular items in fundraising campaigns. Please contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net or leave a message at 503.368.3846. The campaign will launch February 3, 2015, so please let us know by January 30th. Dates for the beach weekend would be arranged between the home owner and the donor once the campaign ends.

Writers and Artists: Submissions Due August 31st!

ink the squid submit buttonDon’t forget to submit your work to the North Coast Squid:  deadline is August 31, 2014.  

Plus, there are still a couple of spots open in the August 23rd Writing Lab.  

Contact Tela Skinner via hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net if you’d like to join us at the Lab to get feedback on your submission. 
 
The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in Spring of 2015.
 
Writing will be accepted in the following categories: poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction (which includes memoir).  Final selections will be made by literary judges from outside the local area:  Deborah Reed for fiction, Lauren Kessler for non-fiction, and Lindsay Hill for poetry.  Click here to find out more about each judge.
 
The magazine will be expanded to include selections from young writers under 18 years old.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, will be selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.  The magazine is advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.
 
Art categories include black and white photos and line drawings. Art and photos will be selected by the North Coast Squid’s editorial team.

“We invite writers and artists to submit work that goes beyond beach and ocean themes,” said Kathie Hightower, co-founder of the magazine and the Manzanita Writers’ Series.  “While we love the beautiful landscape here, we would like to include more diversity in the submissions.”
 
Submissions for consideration are due August 31, 2014. Only electronic submissions are accepted.  For the full submission guidelines, click here.  To submit, click here or on the image included in this post.
 
Writers and artists can find copies of the current Squid available for sale in these coastal retail outlets: Cloud & Leaf Bookstore and Manzanita News and Espresso in Manzanita, the Beehive in Nehalem, the Trillium Gallery in Wheeler, Beach Books in Seaside, Jupiter Books in Cannon Beach, and Lucy’s Books in Astoria. Net proceeds of the $5 cover price goes to the Hoffman Center to help fund future issues of the North Coast Squid.

Judges Announced for 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid

judges banner image 2014The Manzanita Writer’s Series coordinators are delighted to announce the judges for the next North Coast Squid literary magazine, which is due out November 2014 with a submission deadline of August 31.

The North Coast Squid showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area.

Writing is accepted in three categories: poetry, fiction, and narrative nonfiction (which includes memoir).

Lindsay Hill will judge poetry.  He has published six books of poetry and his work has appeared in a wide variety of literary journals. Sea of Hooks, his first novel, was published by McPherson & Company in November of 2013. Lindsay’s other writing and editorial projects include the production of a series of recordings of innovative writing under the Spoken Engine label and the co-editing, with Paul Naylor, of the literary journal Facture. Since leaving a career in banking, he has worked in the nonprofit sector. Lindsay lives in Portland, Oregon.

The judge for fiction is Deborah Reed, author of the recently released novel Things We Set On Fire. She is also the author of Carry Yourself Back to Me, a Best Book of 2011 Amazon Editors’ Pick. She wrote the bestselling thriller A Small Fortune and its sequel, Fortune’s Deadly Descent, under her pen name, Audrey Braun. All of her novels have been translated or are forthcoming in German. Deborah holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) and teaches at UCLA’s Extension Writing Program, the Black Forest Writing Seminar at the University of Freiburg, Germany, as well as workshops and conferences around the United States and in Europe. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Lauren Kessler, who will judge nonfiction, is the author of seven works of narrative nonfiction, including her latest, Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging.  Her other work includes My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey Through the Thicket of Adolescence; Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Dancing with Rose (published in paperback as Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s), Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial. Lauren has articles published in publications nationwide including The New York Times Magazine, O magazine, Utne Reader and many more. She is a national speaker and workshop leader and the director of the graduate program in multimedia narrative journalism at the University of Oregon.  She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

This year’s new categories for young writers will be judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.  Advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team, the group will select the three best pieces by young writers.

Art and photography will be selected by the North Coast Squid editorial team.

Go to hoffmanblog.org/north-coast-squid to submit work and for the full submission guidelines for both writing and art.  Please read them carefully as they have changed from last year.

Fundraising for the Squid continues with the goal of $2,000 to cover production costs. Make checks payable to Hoffman Center with “Squid” in the “for” line and mail to PO Box 678, Manzanita, 97130.