Call For Submissions

Art for "Retrospective"

If you're an artist and have work that we might consider for the Fall/Winter 2019 issue, a restrospective of outgoing editor Kathleen Holt's favorite stories from past issues, we'd love to know about it. Please familiarize yourself with our publication (back issues viewable online at, then send us the following by October 14, 2019:

  • A high-resolution digital image (300 dpi at 8” x 10”; scans or photographs, JPEG or TIFF)
  • Your name, the title of the work, the type of media, as well as contact information (email and phone number)
  • Description of the relationship of the image to the theme of looking back, revisiting, or favorites

Please consider the constraints of a magazine cover (e.g., vertical orientation, nameplate, and cover lines). We are most interested in works by Oregon-based artists.

Submissions can be sent to or by post to Oregon Humanities magazine, 921 SW Washington St., Suite 150, Portland, OR 97205. 

Features, essays, and excerpts for "Union"

We are now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 issue of Oregon Humanities on the theme “Union.” Share an experience of coming together or pulling apart, of being a whole or a piece. Tell us about the possibilities or challenges of institutions, things, or people joining or splitting. Explore a historical or current event that shows the effects of merging, association, coalition, separation, or partition.

We’re looking particularly for stories that relate to challenging questions, diverse perspectives, and just communities. Tell us something we’ve never heard before. Show us something from a different angle. Make us feel, see, hear, smell the world anew.

We welcome all forms of nonfiction writing, including all forms of essays and journalism, and excerpts from forthcoming or recently published books. Please send drafts of personal essays, which should push beyond simple narrative and consider larger thematic questions. If you’re pitching a journalistic or researched piece, please send a proposal, links to your clips, if any, and tell us why you’re the person to write this story. Features generally range between 1,500 and 4,000 words. All contributors are paid between $500–$1000, depending on the length and complexity of the piece. Currently the magazine is distributed free to 12,000 readers. Work from Oregon Humanities has been reprinted in textbooks, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Utne Reader, and Best American Essays, and featured on public radio programs Think Out Loud, State of Wonder, and This American Life.

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please read past issues and the guidelines for writers. Please note that at this time, we only accept work by writers who reside in Oregon. Then, submit one proposal or one draft by Wednesday, October 23, 2019, to (preferred) or by post to Editors, Oregon Humanities magazine, 921 SW Washington Street, Suite 150, Portland, Oregon, 97205. No phone calls, please.


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