The 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.