Call For Submissions

Posts for Claim

Posts are short essays by Oregon Humanities readers. For the Summer 2017 issue, Claim, tell us about assertions and demands, about rights and titles. Explore historical and current stories of ownership and expectations. Share a story about the things, people, and ideals you consider yours and why. Read Posts from the current issue, then send your submission (400 words maximum) to by June 19, 2017. Submissions may be edited for space or clarity.

Cover Art Ideas for Claim

If you’re an artist and have work that we might consider for the Summer 2017 issue, on the theme “Claim,” we’d love to know about it. Please familiarize yourself with our publication, then send us the following by July 5, 2017:

  • 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

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.

Submissions for Harm

For the fall/winter 2017 issue of Oregon Humanities, we want to hear your stories, ideas, thoughts, and arguments on the word “harm.” Explore lesser-known contemporary and historical stories about how communities have been damaged or have caused harm. Tell us about things going wrong despite best intentions. Share a story about mayhem or injury that you’ve inflicted, experienced, or witnessed.

We especially appreciate good stories and fresh ideas, particularly if they 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. 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 and links to your clips 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 depending on the length and complexity of the piece. Currently the magazine is distributed to nearly 14,000 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 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 Monday, July 10, 2017, to (preferred) or by post to Kathleen Holt, Editor, Oregon Humanities magazine, 921 SW Washington Street, Suite 150, Portland, Oregon, 97205. No phone calls, please.

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