Call For Submissions

Posts for “Outside”

For the summer 2020 issue of Oregon Humanities, we're looking for short essays on the theme “Outside.” Explore the meaning of being outside, the creation of the idea of the outdoors, and who has been invited into and excluded from these spaces. Share a story of people interacting with a natural environment—what are the possibilities and the harms? Tell us about the history of preservation, land reclamation, adventuring and exploring, and the myth of untouched wilderness. We want to hear about climate justice, about land, fire, and water—their meaning and effect. What does the future of our relationship with the outdoors look like?

We’re also interested in broader takes on the theme—stories centered around making a choice to be or being situated outside of a physical or social system. Tell us about racial exclusion, coming out, and more.

Send us your submission (400 words maximum) by Monday, June 15, 2020 to Authors of posts that are selected for publication will receive a $25 gift card as well as complimentary copies of the issue. Please note that at this time, we only accept work by writers who reside in Oregon.

Cover Art for “Outside”

If you're an artist and have work that we might consider for the summer 2020 issue, “Outside,” we'd love to know about it. Please familiarize yourself with our publication (back issues viewable at the links to the left), then send us the following by June 15, 2020:

  • A high-resolution digital image (300 dpi at 8" x 10"; scans or photographs, JPEG or TIFF)
  • Your name, 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

Photo essay for "Outside"

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Oregon has required our communities to “stay home, save lives.” However, many people have  no choice but to be outside due to lack of shelter, for work, to protest, or other reasons. If you have had to be outside or away from home during the pandemic, we invite you to share a photo that reflects your experience for the next issue of Oregon Humanities magazine. Show us your work environment, tools, what your PPE looks like, your gloves, where you leave your “outside” clothes, where you’re sleeping, how a day looks like for you. 

We are accepting photos now for our summer issue, which will have the theme “Outside.” You may take your photo with your smartphone or camera, no photography experience necessary. Each person whose image is selected will receive $100. If your image is selected, we will invite you for a short interview (less than 30 minutes) to provide context for your photo.

Please email your photo to by June 30 with your name and phone number. We’re looking for photos from people who live or work in Oregon, but no proof of residence is required.

If you want tips on how to take photos with your smartphone, check out this resource.

Reportaje fotogáfico sobre "Outside"

En respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19, el gobierno de Oregon ha requerido que nuestras comunidades "permanezcan en casa, y salven vidas". Sin embargo, muchas personas no tienen más remedio que estar afuera debido a la falta de refugio, para ir a trabajar, o protestar o por otras razones. Si ha tenido que estar fuera de su casa durante la pandemia, lo invitamos a compartir una foto que refleje su experiencia para el próximo número de nuestra revista Oregon Humanities. Muéstrenos su entorno de trabajo, herramientas, su equipo de protección personal, sus guantes, dónde deja su ropa "exterior", dónde duerme, cómo es un día en su vida.

Estamos aceptando fotos para nuestro número de verano, que tendrá el tema "Afuera/Outside". Puede tomar su foto con el teléfono o cámara, no tiene que tener experiencia en fotografía. Si su imagen es seleccionada recibirá $100 dólares y lo invitaremos a una breve entrevista (menos de 30 minutos) para proporcionar contexto a su foto.

Envíe su foto por correo electrónico a antes del 30 de junio con su nombre y si es posible número de teléfono. Estamos buscando fotos de personas que viven o trabajan en Oregon, pero no se requiere prueba de residencia.

Si desea consejos sobre cómo tomar fotos con su teléfono, consulte este recurso.

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