The Hoffman Center for the Arts, based in Manzanita, Oregon, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the arts, culture, and education. The Hoffman Center sponsors projects for writers and artists with connections to the north Oregon Coast. 

Community Writes is an online monthly publication of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Writers with a connection to north Oregon coast communities are invited to share writing that focuses on a different topic each month. Contributions are currently being accepted.

The North Coast Squid is a literary magazine showcasing work of writers and artists who live in our community or have a strong connection to the area.  Submissions are currently closed. 

Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize: The first 50 North Coast poets to submit during January will compete for a $100 prize. Submissions for the next competition will open January 1, 2023.

Word & Image pairs 12 writers and 12 artists for a collaborative project that results in an exhibition and a book of linked artwork and writing. The submission period for the 2022 project is April 1-30, 2022.

"Community Writes" is an online quarterly publication of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Writers with a connection to north Oregon coast communities are invited to share writing that focuses on a different topic each month.

  • Writing is accepted in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, essay, memoir, and poetry.
  • up to 800 words.
  • The writing must be focused on the prompt designated for each quarter, but the title of the piece does not need to include the prompt topic.
  • The themes for 2022 are as follows: Second quarter (May, June) is "Awakening." Third quarter (July, August, September) is "Vacation." Fourth quarter (October, November, December) is "Gratitude."
  • Submissions are currently being accepted.
  • A writer may contribute only one piece per quarter.
  • Contributions will be published as received, on a rolling basis.
  • Each submission should also include a non-copyrighted image to go with the writing (an additional upload in the submission form), if possible.
  • Entries will be lightly edited, with corrections for typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors.
  • Biographical statement must indicate your connection to the North Oregon Coast (as a full-time, part-time, or former resident; or as a frequent visitor). 50 words or less.
  • Document style: 12 pt, double-spaced, 1-inch margins
  • Document file format: .doc, .docx, or .txt. File name should be the title of the submitted piece.
  • If you do not follow the guidelines, thus disqualifying your submission, you may receive a message inviting you to resubmit. If you choose to submit again, it will be subject to the $5 fee.

Other notes: The Hoffman Center reserves the right not to publish material that goes against its mission as a community arts organization. While we discourage anonymous submissions, we recognize there are instances in which writers may feel compromised by identifying themselves. We will consider requests to publish such pieces on an individual basis.


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