Calendar page

…and you really oughta take a look at the CALENDAR page. Cascadia events are updated almost daily throughout the year, but April is looking pretty impressive — and it doesn’t even include all the scores of appearances on the agenda for our Poets Laureate, Tod Marshall (Washington) and Peter Sears (Oregon).

If your Cascadia poetry event is open to the public and you’d like to have it included, leave a Comment on any page with the following information: Date, City, BRIEF description, Time, Location, Link where someone can get more information.

poet, submit

March 7, 2016

Yes we're open

Now and then, we encourage poets to submit their work to Cascadia-based print and online literary journals by posting a list of those that are currently accepting work for publication. This is one of those updates.

It is not a comprehensive list of publications that originate in Cascadia; it is only those that have pending deadlines. Also, it does not include contests, which typically have separate deadlines (i.e., Crab Creek Review, Pacifica Literary Review).

Read the publications before submitting and, of course, follow the guidelines to the letter. All dates are 2016.

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planning for 2016

January 3, 2016

2016 calendar

Writing may be a solitary business, but there is no shortage of opportunities to mix with other writers. Here, for your 2016 calendar, are a number of word-worthy festivals and conferences coming up in the Cascadia region (and, a couple, elsewhere).

January 30 — Write to Publish, Portland, OR

February 19-21 — Galiano Literary Festival, Galiano Island, BC, Canada

February 19-21 — 16th Silverton Poetry Festival, Silverton, OR

February 26-28 — FisherPoets Gathering, Astoria, OR

March 11-12 — Words on the Water, Campbell River, BC, Canada

March 30 – April 2 — AWP Conference & Bookfair, Los Angeles

April 2-26 — Get Lit! Festival, Spokane, WA

April 21 – May 1 — 6th Annual Verses Festival of Words, Vancouver, BC

May 9-22 — 9th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival, La Conner, WA

June 24-25 — Chuckanut Writers Conference, Bellingham, WA

July 10-16 — Summer Fishtrap, Wallowa Lake, OR

July 10-17 — The Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, Reed College, Portland, OR

July 12-15 — Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, Sun Valley, ID

July 17-24 — The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

July 28–31 — Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, Seattle, WA

August 1-31 — August Poetry Postcard Fest, everywhere

August 5-7 — The Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, OR

September 23-25 — LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop, Tieton, WA

September 30 – October 2 — Write on the Sound, Edmonds, WA

October 18–23 — The Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, BC

October 20-23 — 30th Anniversary Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Newark, NJ

October 21-22 — The Tacoma Poetry Festival, Tacoma, WA

November 3-6 — Cascadia Poetry Festival, Seattle, WA

November 5 — Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, Portland, OR
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the region in print

June 1, 2015

Leaf Press

Showcased last month at the 2015 Cascadia Poetry Festival, in Nanaimo, B.C., MAKE IT TRUE: Poetry from Cascadia is an anthology of work by 89 poets from “the bioregion lying west of the continental divide and spanning from Mt. Logan in Canada to the north and Cape Mendocino in California to the south.” The collection is edited by Paul Nelson with George Stanley, Barry McKinnon and Nadine Maestas, and published by Leaf Press. Read more about the volume in a Vancouver Sun article by Mary Ann Moore, and watch for (or request) it in your local book store.

what would you do…

March 28, 2015

Willapa Bay AIR

What would you do with your time at a writer’s retreat? How would you spend a day, a week, a month or more? Start a fresh series of poems? Rework that big file of unfinished writing? Edit your collection into a book?

A retreat or residency gives you time away from the hubbub and pressures of your daily life. Residencies range in length, structure and amenities. Some are seasonal. There are many that are entirely funded and others that charge fees and offer scholarships. All have some sort of application process, which may be available for this year or next.

There are numerous writers’ residencies in the Cascadia region. Here are a few. Follow the links for more information:

Note: There may be a fine line between a writer’s retreat and a vacation rental. In fact, if you search the term writer’s retreat, most of the results will be lovely cabins and cottages available by the night or the week. Nothing wrong with that, but the terms residency or in-residence may get different results. Also note that the residencies listed here include writers when they refer to artist-in-residence programs. One further note: There are many multi-day writing workshops that may be called retreats; they are not included on this list, although some of the same facilities also host such workshops, which are definitely worth exploring.
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O, pen, again

January 24, 2015

photo by Ramsey Mohsen

Now and then we like to offer some encouragement to those of you who know you should be submitting poems for publication. Here’s a list. These are national publications based in the Cascadia region. The links take you to the submission guidelines. We can’t make it a whole lot easier. Get busy.

A River and Sound Review ~ open reading period is February 1 to May 31.

Alice Blue Review ~ is accepting submissions.

Burnside Review ~ accepts submissions year-round.

Cascadia Review ~ considers submissions year-round.

Clover, A Literary Rag ~ accepting submissions now for the Summer 2015 issue.

High Desert Journal ~ reads submissions year-round.

Isthmus ~ reads submissions year-round.

Jeopardy ~ is accepting submissions through March 2, 2015.

The Monarch Review ~ reads submissions year-round.

The Other Journal ~ accepting submissions for ‘The Trauma Issue’ until February 1, 2015.

Pacifica Literary Review ~ open to submissions September 15th to May 15th.

PageBoy Magazine ~ reads submissions year-round.

Poetry Northwest ~ accepts submissions September 15 – March 15.

Portland Review ~ accepting submissions through January 31, 2015.

Raven Chronicles ~ submission guidelines for the summer/fall 2015 issue will be posted in February.

The Seattle Review ~ accepts long-form submissions year-round.

Shark Reef ~ is accepting submissions through March 31, 2015.

Silk Road Review ~ reads submissions year-round.

StringTown Magazine ~ reads submissions year-round (submit by mail only).

Switched-on Gutenberg ~ is accepting poems on the theme “excuses” November 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

Tin House ~ accepts submissions September 1 through May 31.

Willow Springs ~ accepts submissions between September 1 and May 31.

Windfall ~ will accept poems of place for the spring issue until February 1, 2015.

Poet, submit.

NOTE 1: Literary journals come and go. We try to keep track of those in the region, but if you know of one that is not listed among the NW lit scene links in the sidebar, at right, please leave a comment!

NOTE 2: This list focuses on literary journal submissions and does not include contests, prizes or chapbook awards (for example, Crab Creek Review, Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition, Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest).

NOTE 3: Before submitting your work, always read a copy of the publication and read and follow the submission guidelines carefully.
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photo by Ramsey Mohsen


Are you a poet who has made a substantial contribution to the poetry community? Are you at least 18 years of age and a three- (or more) year resident of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana or Washington? If so, get thee quick to the Poetrynight website and put in your application for The Ken Warfel Fellowship.

Ken Warfel, for whom the fellowship is named, was (among other achievements) one of the original five Alaska Flying Poets and the author of three books of poetry: Fow and Other Fingerprints, the Sunnyside Vinegar Works and A Fine Hotel.

NOTE: the application deadline has been extended to Saturday, June 21, 2014.

talk to the Raven…

April 5, 2014

Raven Chronicles ravens

The Raven Chronicles, which publishes work that reflects the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia and other regions, invites you to submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction or artwork for their Summer 2014 issue. The theme is Personal Sound Tracks: Soundscapes ~ The Sound Track of Your Life. Read more on the theme and the complete guidelines and submit your work by the deadline, April 15, 2014.

Poet, submit!

September 15, 2013

Cascadia map - Sightline InstituteAutumn is poetry submission season for many literary journals. While this does not profess to be a complete list of publications from the Cascadia region, it’s a healthy start. In some cases, regional is just an accident of the magazine’s home base; in other cases, it defines either the audience or the writers who are invited to submit.

For each publication, we’ve linked to the Submission page. (We’ve also provided a Facebook link, if available, because some publications update Facebook information more often than web pages.) You’ll also find links to each of these publications in the NW lit scene links in the right-hand column of this page.

Before you submit your work, read the publication and, of course, read and follow the submission guidelines carefully. (Please note: dates are gleaned from publication sites; some are closing dates, some opening dates, some inclusive.)

A River & Sound Review ~ “Serious Literature with an Unpretentious Soul” publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, humor, podcasts, music and more. Reading period is August 1 to November 30. A River & Sound Review on Facebook.

Bellingham Review ~ The literary arts magazine affiliated with Western Washington University. General submission period is from September 15 through December 1Bellingham Review on Facebook.

Cascadia Review ~ Poetry of place by residents of the bioregion that includes California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alaska, along with fragments of Nevada, Wyoming and Yukon. Submissions for Issue 4 open today, September 15. Cascadia Review on Facebook.

LAST CHANCE – closes soon! Cirque: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest ~ Publishes stories, poems, creative nonfiction, translations, plays, reviews of first books, interviews, photographs and artwork. Issue #9 — Winter Solstice 2013 submission deadline is September 21, 2013. Cirque Journal on Facebook.

CLOVER, A Literary Rag ~ A biannual print literary anthology. Deadline for December edition is September 30, 2013. Clover, A Literary Rag on Facebook.

Conversations Across Borders (CAB) ~ A monthly online literary magazine that envisions a world of increased mutual understanding and connection across borders of all kinds. Accepts submissions year-round. Conversations Across Borders on Facebook.

Crab Creek Review ~ A perfect-bound print literary journal. Submissions will open in October 2013; watch site for details. Crab Creek Review on Facebook.

Image ~ A quarterly journal of writing and artwork informed by religious faith. Does not have a formal set of guidelines, but welcomes unsolicited submissions. Image on Facebook.

The Monarch Review ~ Seattle’s literary and arts magazine. Reads submissions year-round and publishes online weekly as well as a print edition biannually. The Monarch Review on Facebook.

Pacifica Literary Review ~ A small literary arts magazine based in Seattle, with print editions in winter and summer. General submission period is from September 15 to May 7. Pacifica Literary Review on Facebook.

Poetry Northwest ~ A poetry print journal published semi-annually in April and October, plus new work online, including poetry, reviews and essays. Regular reading period is September 15 – March 15. Poetry Northwest on Facebook.

Raven Chronicles ~ A print journal of art, literature and the spoken word. Postmark deadline is October 1, 2013Raven Chronicles on Facebook.

Seattle Review ~ University of Washington print journal wholly committed to the publication of longer works of poetry, novellas and lyric essays. Accept submissions by mail between October 1 and May 31. Seattle Review on Facebook.

Soundings Review ~ A magazine of creative writing published through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Reading for the spring/summer issue (published in May) closes on January 1.

Switched-on Gutenberg ~ Online poetry journal with themed issues. Currently closed to submissions; usually opens December 1.

Willow Springs ~ Print and e-book literary journal of Eastern Washington University (Spokane). Submissions are open September 1 through May 31Willow Springs on Facebook.

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Sightline Institute map of the Cascadia region drawn by Cynthia Thomas

Cascadia Poetry FestivalNeed a little warm-up for Poetry Month (April)?
The Cascadia Poetry Festival, March 24-25, might be just the ticket.
Organized by SPLAB (an intergenerational spokenword performance, resource and outreach center in Seattle), the Festival will include workshops, readings, discussions, panels and plenty of poetry-infused mingling.
Take a look at the schedule and faculty bios and learn more about SPLAB.