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 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 quarter. Contributions for Community Writes 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. The 2021 issue is available for sale at the Hoffman Gallery and online at the Hoffman Center website.

Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize: The first 50 North Coast poets to submit during January 2022 will compete for a $100 prize. 

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. Submissions for the 2022 project will open in the Spring. Copies of the 2020 Word & Image Keepsake Book may be purchased at the Hoffman Gallery or online on the Hoffman Center website.

"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 quarter.

  • Writing is accepted in prose form, including fiction, nonfiction, essay, and memoir.
  • 500-800 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 prompt for Fall Quarter is “Colors”
  • Submissions are currently being accepted.
  • A writer may contribute only one piece per quarter.
  • Contributions will be published as received, on a rolling basis.
  • Entries will be lightly edited, with corrections for typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors.
  • Biographical statement must indicate your connection to the North Oregon Coast (the coastal communities and lands between Astoria and Lincoln City, Oregon).
  • 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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