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Willamette Writers invites you to submit your web series pilot script to FilmLab!

We love receiving submissions from students! The winner and eight finalists will take part in an online writers room in early 2021 (three consecutive days over a weekend). (Important note: FilmLab winners normally have their pilot script produced by Willamette Writers, but due to COVID that cannot happen this year. The writers room will still take place over Zoom, giving the winner and finalists a chance to experience and work together in a professional writers room setting.)

Your web series script should be seven pages maximum, in standard screenplay format, with one to four speaking characters. The pilot should have a beginning, middle, and end and be aimed at a general audience. (See guidelines, below, for more information.)

After an initial round of judging, finalists will be chosen by industry professionals. From those finalists, a winning web series script will be chosen.

We are excited to read your script!

Diversity

We want to encourage submissions from our diverse community. Consider submitting to FilmLab if you identify with a group which is not well-represented by traditional publishing. These groups include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • BIPOC and other people of color
  • members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • people with disabilities
  • members of religious minorities
  • members of different nationalities, cultures, and age groups
  • people living in different geographies
  • and people of different economic levels.

For the entire month of November, 2020, we will waive the submission fees for those who identify as BIPOC and other people of color. Please use the BIPOC waived-fee submission form.

Please consider this door open to you. Please don't self-reject; we want to consider your work.

Accessibility

We use a simple form to gather submissions, but we understand that this is not universally accessible to people with disabilities. If you have questions related to accessibility, please email us at wilwrite@willamettewriters.org with the subject line “Accessibility Query.” Accessibility Queries should only contain a request to submit by alternate means, and not be a submission.

All submissions are considered anonymously. (So be sure your name isn't on the submission, please)

Submissions Period for FilmLab:

Submission Period November 1, 2020, to December 31st, 2020, at 11:59PM.

FilmLab

2021 Call for Submissions

Story rules in the time of COVID-19

Scripts will be judged as self-contained stories. They should have a beginning, middle, and end, but should also hold promise of the season to come. This year, all genres are accepted and you need not confine your story to one location (as is necessary in years when we produce the winning script).

This is the year to go big if you’d like—you can include fantastical or CGI-based elements that we’d never be able to produce. However, keep in mind that big budget items usually can’t make it into a web series. Consider the medium: What might you see on YouTube? Given the limitations of small budgets and short attention spans, what works? What doesn’t? How can you tell the most interesting story in three to seven minutes?

Scripts should be aimed at a general audience. No pornography or graphic violence. FilmLab and the contest judges may disqualify a script from consideration if the subject matter or content of the script is, at the judges’ sole discretion, not suitable.

How the writers room works

Led by an experienced showrunner, winning writers will make edits to the winning script, collectively write a second episode, and potentially map out an entire first season, time permitting.

General Submission Guidelines

Ages 18+ ONLY

Only one script submission allowed per person. We cannot accept scripts from writing teams. If your script was co-written with another person or group, choose one person who will retain authorship of the script. If chosen, only that one person will join the writers’ room.

All submissions should be written in English, typed in 12-point Courier or similar font, and in industry-standard screenplay format. Maximum of seven pages (as normally formatted on standard 8.5x11 paper). Scripts should be converted to and exported as PDF files. Submissions over seven pages will be rejected without refund.

Scripts will be judged on their creativity and writing, as well as their suitability to becoming a web series.

Eligibility: Members and immediate family of the Willamette Writers Board, Committees, Staff, Program Chairs, Chapter Chairs, and FilmLab judges and personnel are not eligible to participate. Previous FilmLab Grand Prize winners are not eligible to participate.

Legal Information

By entering the FilmLab Competition, entrants affirm that the submitted script is their own work, and that the entrants have not previously sold, assigned or licensed any rights to the script. Entrants understand their submitted work will be distributed and viewed my multiple judges and FilmLab production personnel. Scripts will not be returned. Entrants agree to hold Willamette Writers Inc. (a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization), the Willamette Writers Conference, and FilmLab production team harmless with respect to any claims (including, but not limited to, claims related to intellectual property, defamation, or any other tortuous acts) arising from the acts of any individuals not acting within the scope of their duties to Willamette Writers and its programming.

Willamette Writers invites you to submit your web series pilot script to FilmLab!

The winner and eight finalists will take part in an online writers room in early 2021 (three consecutive days over a weekend). (Important note: FilmLab winners normally have their pilot script produced by Willamette Writers, but due to COVID that cannot happen this year. The writers room will still take place over Zoom, giving the winner and finalists a chance to experience and work together in a professional writers room setting.)

Your web series script should be seven pages maximum, in standard screenplay format, with one to four speaking characters. The pilot should have a beginning, middle, and end and be aimed at a general audience. (See guidelines, below, for more information.)

After an initial round of judging, finalists will be chosen by industry professionals. From those finalists, a winning web series script will be chosen.

We are excited to read your script!

Diversity

We want to encourage submissions from our diverse community. Consider submitting to FilmLab if you identify with a group which is not well-represented by traditional publishing. These groups include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • BIPOC and other people of color
  • members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • people with disabilities
  • members of religious minorities
  • members of different nationalities, cultures, and age groups
  • people living in different geographies
  • and people of different economic levels.

For the entire month of November, 2020, we will waive the submission fees for those who identify as BIPOC and other people of color. Please use the BIPOC waived-fee submission form.

Please consider this door open to you. Please don't self-reject; we want to consider your work.

Accessibility

We use a simple form to gather submissions, but we understand that this is not universally accessible to people with disabilities. If you have questions related to accessibility, please email us at wilwrite@willamettewriters.org with the subject line “Accessibility Query.” Accessibility Queries should only contain a request to submit by alternate means, and not be a submission.

All submissions are considered anonymously. (So be sure your name isn't on the submission, please)

Submissions Period for FilmLab:

Submission Period November 1, 2020, to December 31st, 2020, at 11:59PM.

FilmLab

2021 Call for Submissions

Story rules in the time of COVID-19

Scripts will be judged as self-contained stories. They should have a beginning, middle, and end, but should also hold promise of the season to come. This year, all genres are accepted and you need not confine your story to one location (as is necessary in years when we produce the winning script).

This is the year to go big if you’d like—you can include fantastical or CGI-based elements that we’d never be able to produce. However, keep in mind that big budget items usually can’t make it into a web series. Consider the medium: What might you see on YouTube? Given the limitations of small budgets and short attention spans, what works? What doesn’t? How can you tell the most interesting story in three to seven minutes?

Scripts should be aimed at a general audience. No pornography or graphic violence. FilmLab and the contest judges may disqualify a script from consideration if the subject matter or content of the script is, at the judges’ sole discretion, not suitable.

How the writers room works

Led by an experienced showrunner, winning writers will make edits to the winning script, collectively write a second episode, and potentially map out an entire first season, time permitting.

General Submission Guidelines

Ages 18+ ONLY

Only one script submission allowed per person. We cannot accept scripts from writing teams. If your script was co-written with another person or group, choose one person who will retain authorship of the script. If chosen, only that one person will join the writers’ room.

All submissions should be written in English, typed in 12-point Courier or similar font, and in industry-standard screenplay format. Maximum of seven pages (as normally formatted on standard 8.5x11 paper). Scripts should be converted to and exported as PDF files. Submissions over seven pages will be rejected without refund.

Scripts will be judged on their creativity and writing, as well as their suitability to becoming a web series.

Eligibility: Members and immediate family of the Willamette Writers Board, Committees, Staff, Program Chairs, Chapter Chairs, and FilmLab judges and personnel are not eligible to participate. Previous FilmLab Grand Prize winners are not eligible to participate.

Legal Information

By entering the FilmLab Competition, entrants affirm that the submitted script is their own work, and that the entrants have not previously sold, assigned or licensed any rights to the script. Entrants understand their submitted work will be distributed and viewed my multiple judges and FilmLab production personnel. Scripts will not be returned. Entrants agree to hold Willamette Writers Inc. (a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization), the Willamette Writers Conference, and FilmLab production team harmless with respect to any claims (including, but not limited to, claims related to intellectual property, defamation, or any other tortuous acts) arising from the acts of any individuals not acting within the scope of their duties to Willamette Writers and its programming.

Willamette Writers invites you to submit your web series pilot script to FilmLab!

The winner and eight finalists will take part in an online writers room in early 2021 (three consecutive days over a weekend). (Important note: FilmLab winners normally have their pilot script produced by Willamette Writers, but due to COVID that cannot happen this year. The writers room will still take place over Zoom, giving the winner and finalists a chance to experience and work together in a professional writers room setting.)

Your web series script should be seven pages maximum, in standard screenplay format, with one to four speaking characters. The pilot should have a beginning, middle, and end and be aimed at a general audience. (See guidelines, below, for more information.)

After an initial round of judging, finalists will be chosen by industry professionals. From those finalists, a winning web series script will be chosen.

We are excited to read your script!

Diversity

We want to encourage submissions from our diverse community. Consider submitting to FilmLab if you identify with a group which is not well-represented by traditional publishing. These groups include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • BIPOC and other people of color
  • members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • people with disabilities
  • members of religious minorities
  • members of different nationalities, cultures, and age groups
  • people living in different geographies
  • and people of different economic levels.

For the entire month of November, 2020, we will waive the submission fees for those who identify as BIPOC and other people of color. Please use the BIPOC waived-fee submission form.

Please consider this door open to you. Please don't self-reject; we want to consider your work.

College Students

If you are a college student, you do not have to be a Willamette Writers member to take advantage of the member price. We encourage your submissions! Please use separate college student submission form (unless BIPOC/LGBTQ+, in which case please use the form mentioned above for free submissions in November)

Accessibility

We use a simple form to gather submissions, but we understand that this is not universally accessible to people with disabilities. If you have questions related to accessibility, please email us at wilwrite@willamettewriters.org with the subject line “Accessibility Query.” Accessibility Queries should only contain a request to submit by alternate means, and not be a submission.

All submissions are considered anonymously. (So be sure your name isn't on the submission, please)

Submissions Period for FilmLab:

Submission Period November 1, 2020, to December 31st, 2020, at 11:59PM.

FilmLab

2021 Call for Submissions

Story rules in the time of COVID-19

Scripts will be judged as self-contained stories. They should have a beginning, middle, and end, but should also hold promise of the season to come. This year, all genres are accepted and you need not confine your story to one location (as is necessary in years when we produce the winning script).

This is the year to go big if you’d like—you can include fantastical or CGI-based elements that we’d never be able to produce. However, keep in mind that big budget items usually can’t make it into a web series. Consider the medium: What might you see on YouTube? Given the limitations of small budgets and short attention spans, what works? What doesn’t? How can you tell the most interesting story in three to seven minutes?

Scripts should be aimed at a general audience. No pornography or graphic violence. FilmLab and the contest judges may disqualify a script from consideration if the subject matter or content of the script is, at the judges’ sole discretion, not suitable.

How the writers room works

Led by an experienced showrunner, winning writers will make edits to the winning script, collectively write a second episode, and potentially map out an entire first season, time permitting.

General Submission Guidelines

Ages 18+ ONLY

Only one script submission allowed per person. We cannot accept scripts from writing teams. If your script was co-written with another person or group, choose one person who will retain authorship of the script. If chosen, only that one person will join the writers’ room.

All submissions should be written in English, typed in 12-point Courier or similar font, and in industry-standard screenplay format. Maximum of seven pages (as normally formatted on standard 8.5x11 paper). Scripts should be converted to and exported as PDF files. Submissions over seven pages will be rejected without refund.

Scripts will be judged on their creativity and writing, as well as their suitability to becoming a web series.

Eligibility: Members and immediate family of the Willamette Writers Board, Committees, Staff, Program Chairs, Chapter Chairs, and FilmLab judges and personnel are not eligible to participate. Previous FilmLab Grand Prize winners are not eligible to participate.

Legal Information

By entering the FilmLab Competition, entrants affirm that the submitted script is their own work, and that the entrants have not previously sold, assigned or licensed any rights to the script. Entrants understand their submitted work will be distributed and viewed my multiple judges and FilmLab production personnel. Scripts will not be returned. Entrants agree to hold Willamette Writers Inc. (a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization), the Willamette Writers Conference, and FilmLab production team harmless with respect to any claims (including, but not limited to, claims related to intellectual property, defamation, or any other tortuous acts) arising from the acts of any individuals not acting within the scope of their duties to Willamette Writers and its programming.

We have changed the grad grouping from last year. There are two grade groups for entries by young people (18 and under):  

Grades 1-6

 Grades 7-12 

Young writers can enter any type of writing: fiction, non-fiction, poetry.   

Only those 18 and under can enter a young writer category. The entrant will select the grade group applicable to them.  Word limit: 1,500 words.  

Participants are limited to ONE entry. 

There is no fee for young writers in these three grade groups. Younger writers under 18 are eligible to enter adult categories but only if paying the adult fee.   

Current College students enrolled in 2019/2020 must enter in college student or adult categories and cannot enter here.

 Rules: 

1. General formatting - Entries must be typed, double spaced, in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), with margins set at 1 inch on all sides, with 1/2 inch indentations, and submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.  

2. All entries should have a title on the top of the first page. Each following page should have the title (or shortened title) at either the upper left or right corner with the page number. 

3. To ensure confidentiality, do not put author's name on manuscript.  

4. All entries must be original and unpublished or un-produced. Being posted on a web site is not considered publication if there was no payment involved.  

5. Only one prize will be awarded to a winner in any category.  

6. Entries are free in the student/young writer categories only. 

7. Submissions will be judged anonymously and judges' decisions will be final. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category if entries do not meet their standards. 

8. We will email you at the email address provided. If you do not respond within two weeks of that email, your entry may be disqualified.   

9. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2021.    

People not eligible to enter: 

1. First, second, and third place winners of the last two (2) Kay Snow Writing Contests.   

2. Officers and board members and their family members, staff and contractors and their family members, chapter chairs and their family members, and program leads and their family members.

Willamette Writers invites you to submit to our two programs, the Timberline Review and Kay Snow Awards.

We love receiving your submissions, and this year, you are encouraged to submit the same piece to both the Timberline Review and Kay Snow Awards! As always, Willamette Writers members may submit to Timberline Review free of charge. 

NOTE: If you are submitting to the Kay Snow Awards Children's and Teens category, please use the separate submission form.

More information on all these programs can be found below.

Diversity

We want to encourage submissions from our diverse community. Consider submitting to the Timberline Review and Kay Snow Awards if you identify with a group which is not well-represented by traditional publishing. These groups include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • BIPOC and other people of color
  • members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • people with disabilities
  • members of religious minorities
  • members of different nationalities, cultures, and age groups
  • people living in different geographies
  • and people of different economic levels.

For the entire month of November, 2020, we will waive the submission fees for those who identify as BIPOC and other people of color. Please use the BIPOC waived-fee submission form.

Please consider this door open to you. Please don't self-reject; we want to consider your work.

Accessibility

We use a simple form to gather submissions, but we understand that this is not universally accessible to people with disabilities. If you have questions related to accessibility, please email us at wilwrite@willamettewriters.org with the subject line “Accessibility Query.” Accessibility Queries should only contain a request to submit by alternate means, and not be a submission.

All submissions are considered anonymously. (So be sure your name isn't on the submission, please)

Submissions Period for the Timberline Review and Kay Snow Awards:

Submission Period November 1, 2020, to December 31st, 2020, at 11:59PM.

the Timberline Review 

2021 Call for Submissions

The Timberline Review is an all-volunteer literary journal operated by Willamette Writers. We want to read your clear writing, your well-crafted words, your original voice, whether you’ve been previously published or not.

What We Want

The theme for issue #10 is "Time Capsule." The theme is open to interpretation, so interpret away!

We are seeking work in the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction (flash, short story, novella, and novel excerpt)
  • Creative nonfiction (essay and memoir)
  • Critical commentary (annotation, book review, literary analysis, and craft instruction)
  • Drama and screenplay
  • Hybrid
  • Graphic novel (b&w)
  • Visual art (b&w)

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions failing to meet all guidelines below will be disqualified.

Text Formatting:

  • Submissions are anonymous: Do not include name or contact information on your attachment. Any identifying information in a submission results in immediate disqualification.
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt.
  • Spacing: 1.5 line spacing for prose; single space for poetry
  • Margins: 1 inch left/right and top/bottom
  • Headers/Footers: Not necessary. Please check that your name is not in the header or footer.
  • Title of Work: Only at the top of the first page.

File Formatting: Documents must be in .doc, or .docx. Digital images must be in tif, gif, or jpeg, with a resolution of 300+ dpi

File Name: Only the title of the piece. (NOT your name and title)

Word and Page Limits:

  • Critical Commentary, Fiction, Hybrid, Non-fiction: 3,500 words.
  • Drama: Up to 10 pages
  • Screenplay:  Up to 10 pages
  • Poetry: Up to 3 poems; maximum of 10 pages total.
  • Graphic Novel: 10 pages total (text-only or text/images).
  • Visual Art: Up to 5 pieces.

Genre-Specific Guidelines

Follow genre-specific formatting anywhere the genre-specific formatting conflicts with the general text formatting.

  • POETRY: All poems must be single spaced. If you have specific spacing within the poem, please explain in a note at the end of the poem.
  • DRAMA: Screenplays or dramatic writing must follow standard text formats (though, please, no page numbers): Modern Play Format, or the screenwriting programs “Final Draft” or “Movie Magic Screenwriter.” Please save as a .doc or docx file.
  • VISUAL ART: we accept up to six (5) photos or graphics in color or b/w. Color submissions may also be considered for the cover. All images selected for the interior will be produced in b/w. We can only accept digital images submitted as tif, gif, or jpeg files with a resolution of 300+ dpi. Check your camera settings: the default setting for digital cameras is often 72 dpi.
  • GRAPHIC NOVEL: Submitted work must be formatted exactly as work submitted as visual art—saved as a .tif, .gif, or .jpeg file, and having a resolution of 300+ dpi. All images will appear in b&w when printed. For writer–artist collaborations, be sure to specify the name of the writer and the artist.
  • HYBRID: Hybrid work is the deliberate blend, deconstruction, or juxtaposition of multiple elements: genre, form, structure, and/or theme to name a few. Some hybrid works explore larger questions of body or life through fragmented or braided structures which often creates space for conversations and further exploration. Cross-genre and experimental works are welcome here. Note: There must be a discernible need and authorial decision present in hybrid; it is not a haphazard process, but one of careful crafting and close textual examination. One idea to keep in mind when writing hybrid work is: “What specifically does this fusion allow me to do?”

Reprints & Simultaneous Submissions

We do not accept reprints. Previously produced or performed drama and performance poetry is welcome as long as it has not appeared in print elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are always welcome, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please make sure to inform us right away.

Payment and Rights Acquired  

We pay $25 + one e-book contributor copy. First North American Serial Rights.

To Contact Submissions Editor

Email submissions@timberlinereview.com. Normal response time is one week.

We look forward to reading your work!

Kay Snow Awards

2021 Call for Submissions

The Kay Snow Awards, named in honor of Willamette Writers founder, is to help writers reach professional goals in writing through a broad array of categories, and also to encourage student writers. In addition to prizes, winners are listed on the Willamette Writers website and honored at our Willamette Writers Conference held annually in August.

Please note: This year, YA/Middle Grade and College students are not being offered as separate categories, and will be integrated into Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction submissions.

What We Want

We are seeking work in the following categories:

  • Fiction (flash, short story, novella, and novel excerpt)
  • Creative nonfiction (essay and memoir)
  • Poetry
  • Drama and screenplay
  • Students in two grade divisions: 1-6, 7-12 (use separate submission form)

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions failing to meet all guidelines below will be disqualified.

Text Formatting:

  • Submissions are anonymous: Do not include name or contact information on your attachment. Any identifying information in a submission results in immediate disqualification.
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt.
  • Spacing: 1.5 line spacing for prose; single space for poetry
  • Margins: 1 inch left/right and top/bottom
  • Headers/Footers: Not necessary. Please check that your name is not in the header or footer.
  • Title of Work: Only at the top of the first page.

File Formatting: Documents must be in .doc, or .docx. Digital images must be in tif, gif, or jpeg, with a resolution of 300+ dpi

File Name: Only the title of the piece. (NOT your name and title)

Word and Page Limits:

  • Fiction, Non-fiction: 3,500 words.
  • Drama: Up to 10 pages
  • Screenplay:  Up to 10 pages
  • Poetry: Up to 3 poems; maximum of 10 pages total.

Genre-Specific Guidelines

Follow genre-specific formatting anywhere the genre-specific formatting conflicts with the general text formatting.

  • POETRY: All poems must be single spaced. If you have specific spacing within the poem, please explain in a note at the end of the poem.
  • DRAMA: Screenplays or dramatic writing must follow standard text formats (though, please, no page numbers): Modern Play Format, or the screenwriting programs “Final Draft” or “Movie Magic Screenwriter.” Please save as a .doc or docx file.

Reprints & Simultaneous Submissions

We do not accept reprints. Previously produced or performed drama and performance poetry is welcome as long as it has not appeared in print elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are always welcome, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please make sure to inform us right away.

Prizes  

Winning entries in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplay are awarded:

  • First prize: $100 and one-day admission to the Willamette Writers Conference
  • Second prize: $50 and one-day admission to the Willamette Writers Conference
  • Third Prize: $25 and one-day admission to the Willamette Writers Conference

Winning entries in each of the two grade divisions of the student category are awarded:

  • First prize: $50
  • Second prize: $20
  • Third Prize: $10

Winners of the Kay Snow Awards will be honored at the Willamette Writers Conference

Willamette Writers invites you to submit to our two programs, the Timberline Review and Kay Snow Awards!

We love receiving your submissions, and this year, you are encouraged to submit the same piece to both the Timberline Review and Kay Snow Awards

NOTE: If you are submitting to the Kay Snow Awards Children and Teens category, please use the separate submission form.

More information on all these programs can be found below.

Diversity

We want to encourage submissions from our diverse community. Consider submitting to the Timberline Review and Kay Snow Awards if you identify with a group which is not well-represented by traditional publishing. These groups include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • BIPOC and other people of color
  • members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • people with disabilities
  • members of religious minorities
  • members of different nationalities, cultures, and age groups
  • people living in different geographies
  • and people of different economic levels.

For the entire month of November, 2020, we will waive the submission fees for those who identify as BIPOC and other people of color. Please use the BIPOC waived-fee submission form.

Please consider this door open to you. Please don't self-reject; we want to consider your work.

Accessibility

We use a simple form to gather submissions, but we understand that this is not universally accessible to people with disabilities. If you have questions related to accessibility, please email us at wilwrite@willamettewriters.org with the subject line “Accessibility Query.” Accessibility Queries should only contain a request to submit by alternate means, and not be a submission.

All submissions are considered anonymously. (So be sure your name isn't on the submission, please)

Submissions Period for the Timberline Review and Kay Snow Awards:

Submission Period November 1, 2020, to December 31st, 2020, at 11:59PM.

the Timberline Review

2021 Call for Submissions

The Timberline Review is an all-volunteer literary journal operated by Willamette Writers. We want to read your clear writing, your well-crafted words, your original voice, whether you’ve been previously published or not.

What We Want

The theme for issue #10 is "Time Capsule." The theme is open to interpretation, so interpret away!

We are seeking work in the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction (flash, short story, novella, and novel excerpt)
  • Creative nonfiction (essay and memoir)
  • Critical commentary (annotation, book review, literary analysis, and craft instruction)
  • Drama and screenplay
  • Hybrid
  • Graphic novel (b&w)
  • Visual art (b&w)

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions failing to meet all guidelines below will be disqualified.

Text Formatting:

  • Submissions are anonymous: Do not include name or contact information on your attachment. Any identifying information in a submission results in immediate disqualification.
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt.
  • Spacing: 1.5 line spacing for prose; single space for poetry
  • Margins: 1 inch left/right and top/bottom
  • Headers/Footers: Not necessary. Please check that your name is not in the header or footer.
  • Title of Work: Only at the top of the first page.

File Formatting: Documents must be in .doc, or .docx. Digital images must be in tif, gif, or jpeg, with a resolution of 300+ dpi

File Name: Only the title of the piece. (NOT your name and title)

Word and Page Limits:

  • Critical Commentary, Fiction, Hybrid, Non-fiction: 3,500 words.
  • Drama: Up to 10 pages
  • Screenplay:  Up to 10 pages
  • Poetry: Up to 3 poems; maximum of 10 pages total.
  • Graphic Novel: 10 pages total (text-only or text/images).
  • Visual Art: Up to 5 pieces.

Genre-Specific Guidelines

Follow genre-specific formatting anywhere the genre-specific formatting conflicts with the general text formatting.

  • POETRY: All poems must be single spaced. If you have specific spacing within the poem, please explain in a note at the end of the poem.
  • DRAMA: Screenplays or dramatic writing must follow standard text formats (though, please, no page numbers): Modern Play Format, or the screenwriting programs “Final Draft” or “Movie Magic Screenwriter.” Please save as a .doc or docx file.
  • VISUAL ART: we accept up to six (5) photos or graphics in color or b/w. Color submissions may also be considered for the cover. All images selected for the interior will be produced in b/w. We can only accept digital images submitted as tif, gif, or jpeg files with a resolution of 300+ dpi. Check your camera settings: the default setting for digital cameras is often 72 dpi.
  • GRAPHIC NOVEL: Submitted work must be formatted exactly as work submitted as visual art—saved as a .tif, .gif, or .jpeg file, and having a resolution of 300+ dpi. All images will appear in b&w when printed. For writer–artist collaborations, be sure to specify the name of the writer and the artist.
  • HYBRID: Hybrid work is the deliberate blend, deconstruction, or juxtaposition of multiple elements: genre, form, structure, and/or theme to name a few. Some hybrid works explore larger questions of body or life through fragmented or braided structures which often creates space for conversations and further exploration. Cross-genre and experimental works are welcome here. Note: There must be a discernible need and authorial decision present in hybrid; it is not a haphazard process, but one of careful crafting and close textual examination. One idea to keep in mind when writing hybrid work is: “What specifically does this fusion allow me to do?”

Reprints & Simultaneous Submissions

We do not accept reprints. Previously produced or performed drama and performance poetry is welcome as long as it has not appeared in print elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are always welcome, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please make sure to inform us right away.

Payment and Rights Acquired

We pay $25 + one contributor copy. First North American Serial Rights.

To Contact Submissions Editor

Email submissions@timberlinereview.com. Normal response time is one week.

We look forward to reading your work!

Kay Snow Awards

2021 Call for Submissions

The Kay Snow Awards, named in honor of Willamette Writers founder, is to help writers reach professional goals in writing through a broad array of categories, and also to encourage student writers. In addition to prizes, winners are listed on the Willamette Writers website and honored at our Willamette Writers Conference held annually in August.

Please note: This year, YA/Middle Grade and College students are not being offered as separate categories, and will be integrated into Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction submissions.

What We Want

We are seeking work in the following categories:

  • Fiction (flash, short story, novella, and novel excerpt)
  • Creative nonfiction (essay and memoir)
  • Poetry
  • Drama and screenplay
  • Students in two grade divisions: 1-6, 7-12 (use separate submission form)

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions failing to meet all guidelines below will be disqualified.

Text Formatting:

  • Submissions are anonymous: Do not include name or contact information on your attachment. Any identifying information in a submission results in immediate disqualification.
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt.
  • Spacing: 1.5 line spacing for prose; single space for poetry
  • Margins: 1 inch left/right and top/bottom
  • Headers/Footers: Not necessary. Please check that your name is not in the header or footer.
  • Title of Work: Only at the top of the first page.

File Formatting: Documents must be in .doc, or .docx. Digital images must be in tif, gif, or jpeg, with a resolution of 300+ dpi

File Name: Only the title of the piece. (NOT your name and title)

Word and Page Limits:

  • Fiction, Non-fiction: 3,500 words.
  • Drama: Up to 10 pages
  • Screenplay:  Up to 10 pages
  • Poetry: Up to 3 poems; maximum of 10 pages total.

Genre-Specific Guidelines

Follow genre-specific formatting anywhere the genre-specific formatting conflicts with the general text formatting.

  • POETRY: All poems must be single spaced. If you have specific spacing within the poem, please explain in a note at the end of the poem.
  • DRAMA: Screenplays or dramatic writing must follow standard text formats (though, please, no page numbers): Modern Play Format, or the screenwriting programs “Final Draft” or “Movie Magic Screenwriter.” Please save as a .doc or docx file.

Reprints & Simultaneous Submissions

We do not accept reprints. Previously produced or performed drama and performance poetry is welcome as long as it has not appeared in print elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are always welcome, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please make sure to inform us right away.

Prizes

Winning entries in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplay are awarded:

  • First prize: $100 and one-day admission to the Willamette Writers Conference
  • Second prize: $50 and one-day admission to the Willamette Writers Conference
  • Third Prize: $25 and one-day admission to the Willamette Writers Conference

Winning entries in each of the two grade divisions of the student category are awarded:

  • First prize: $50
  • Second prize: $20
  • Third Prize: $10

Winners of the Kay Snow Awards will be honored at the Willamette Writers Conference

Willamette Writers