Manzanita Writers’ Series announces schedule and judges for ‘Squid’

Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the schedule and judges for the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid, a Journal for Local Writing.

The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in October 2016.

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Submissions will be accepted from March 1 through May 31, 2016. Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category. All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art and photos will also be solicited for cover art and inside art. Watch for detailed submission guidelines on the

With submissions possible through May 31, take advantage of all the upcoming writing workshops to help you submit your best work — workshops on humor, personal essay, poetry, and more!  Go to Also there’s a Writing Lounge every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hoffman Center, with a drop-in fee of $5, where you can get feedback on your writing from fellow writers.

Judith Barrington will judge poetry for the North Coast Squid. She is the award-winning author of four poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her latest collection, “The Conversation,” resulted from one poem winning the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition in 2013, which resulted in an Irish publisher bringing out her work in a new book.

Brian Benson will judge nonfiction. He is author of “Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America.” Benson teaches writing at the Attic in Portland and is currently working on “The River Signal,” an original radio story written on a paddlewheel riverboat as it floats the Mississippi.

Cari Luna will judge fiction. The Oregonian named Luna’s debut novel, “The Revolution of Every Day,” a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. The book received great reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, BUST Magazine, and Portland Mercury and was chosen as Book of the Week by editors at Luna is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, and her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, PANK, Avery Anthology, failbetter, Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere.

The Young Writer category accepts submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young writers under age 18.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, are selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.

The Manzanita Writer’s Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing arts, education and culture to the community. Information on all their programs is at

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