The North Coast Squid showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. The second magazine will publish in February 2013 in time for the February Manzanita Writer’s Series event.
Three outside judges have just agreed to read and judge all submissions. Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients, and Joy for Beginners, will judge fiction entries. Matt Love, author of Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker, and Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel among others, will judge nonfiction. David Biespiel, poet, poetry columnist for the Oregonian, and founder of the Attic Institute in Portland, will judge poetry.
“Not too long ago I came across Squid. I read most of it during one sitting and was incredibly impressed with the writing, art and design,” says award-winning author/editor Matt Love. “I think it’s so important for writers of all ages to see their work in print, and I tip my hat to the folks who run the Manzanita Writers Series. I don’t know of another series that puts forth this kind of effort to see local writers find an audience.”
Writing will be accepted in three categories: poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction (which includes memoir). “This past year, even with a very short turn-around time, over fifty writers submitted 120 pieces,” says Kathie Hightower, one of the cofounders of the Manzanita Writers Series. “We hope to see the numbers of writers submitting work increase this year.”
“We’re also looking for art and photography submissions to accompany literary content for the publication,” adds cofounder Vera Wildauer. Art categories include black and white photos and line drawings. Art and photos will be selected by the North Coast Squid’s editorial team.
Submissions for consideration are due November 30, 2012. Writers can submit one piece in each prose category, three pieces for poetry category. Artists may submit three images each of black and white photos or line drawings (scanned and in jpg form.)
Click here for the full submission guidelines.
Writers and artists can find copies of the first Squid (cover pictured above) available for sale in many coastal retail outlets. Fifty percent of the $2 cover price goes to the Hoffman Center to help with operational costs that provide programs like the Manzanita Writers’ Series.