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The Timberline Review is an all-volunteer literary journal operated by Willamette Writers. We accept quality, polished, edited work from anyone, regardless of whether or not you’ve been previously published. All submissions are considered anonymously. 

The theme for Issue #8 is: Home, as the Sum of its Parts

The Theme

For the next exciting issue of the Timberline Review, we want to explore the stories that comprise a home one room at a time.  Your submission must primarily take place in a single location within a home. 

What We Want

Some cliched examples of what we want: ghosts in the attic, adultery in the bedroom, drug use/suicide/masturbation in the bathroom, family arguments in the kitchen, monsters/murder in the basement, and aliens in the yard. Your story should either (a) avoid those cliches and surprise us with your unique take on what happens in a given room in a house, or (b) embrace the cliched setting/event combination and surprise us with a unique twist. You are not constrained by time or reality, but you are constrained by location. 

To be clear: Your submission must primarily take place in a single location within a home. 

We are currently seeking work related to this issue’s theme 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
  • Hybrid
  • Graphic novel
  • Visual art (b&w and color)

Submissions Deadline for Issue #8: December 31st, 2018 at 11:59PM.

Response Time: Pieces are accepted or rejected during the week of April 4-11, 2019. We realize this is a long wait, but it gives us time to review the entirety of our submissions for the issue's theme. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know. 

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions failing to meet all guidelines will be disqualified.Text Formatting:

  • No name or contact information on your attachment, or piece is disqualified.
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt.
  • Spacing: 1.5 line for prose; single-space for poetry
  • Margins: 1 inch
  • Headers/Footers: None (do not include your name or page numbers)
  • Title of Work: Only at the top of the first page.

File Formatting: Documents (except poetry) 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.

Word and Page Limits:

  • Critical Commentary, Fiction, Hybrid, Non-fiction: 3,500 words.
  • Drama: 8 pages total.
  • Poetry: Up to 6 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 at the end of the poem. 
  • DRAMA: Screenplays or dramatic writing must follow one of two standard text formats (though, please, no page numbers): Modern Play Format, or the program “Final Draft” Format. 
  • VISUAL ART: we accept up to six (5) photos or graphics in color or b/w. Color submissions will 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 author. 
  • 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.

Rights Acquired

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!

The Timberline Review is an all-volunteer literary journal operated by Willamette Writers. We accept quality, polished, edited work from anyone, regardless of whether or not you’ve been previously published. All submissions are considered anonymously. 

The theme for Issue #8 is: Home, as the Sum of its Parts

The Theme

For the next exciting issue of the Timberline Review, we want to explore the stories that comprise a home one room at a time.  Your submission must primarily take place in a single location within a home. 

What We Want

Some cliched examples of what we want: ghosts in the attic, adultery in the bedroom, drug use/suicide/masturbation in the bathroom, family arguments in the kitchen, monsters/murder in the basement, and aliens in the yard. Your story should either (a) avoid those cliches and surprise us with your unique take on what happens in a given room in a house, or (b) embrace the cliched setting/event combination and surprise us with a unique twist. You are not constrained by time or reality, but you are constrained by location. To be clear: Your submission must primarily take place in a single location within a home. 

We are currently seeking work related to this issue’s theme 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
  • Hybrid
  • Graphic novel
  • Visual art (b&w and color)

Submissions Deadline for Issue #8: December 31st, 2018 at 11:59PM.

Response Time: Pieces are accepted or rejected during the week of April 4-11, 2019. We realize this is a long wait, but it gives us time to review the entirety of our submissions for the issue's theme. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know. 

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions failing to meet all guidelines will be disqualified.

Text Formatting:

  • No name or contact information on your attachment, or piece is disqualified.
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt.
  • Spacing: 1.5 line for prose; single-space for poetry
  • Margins: 1 inch
  • Headers/Footers: None (do not include your name or page numbers)
  • Title of Work: Only at the top of the first page.

File Formatting: 

Documents (except poetry) 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.

Word and Page Limits:

  • Critical Commentary, Fiction, Hybrid, Non-fiction: 3,500 words.
  • Drama: 8 pages total.
  • Poetry: Up to 6 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 at the end of the poem. 
  • DRAMA: Screenplays or dramatic writing must follow one of two standard text formats (though, please, no page numbers): Modern Play Format, or the program “Final Draft” Format. 
  • VISUAL ART: we accept up to six (5) photos or graphics in color or b/w. Color submissions will 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 author. 
  • 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.

Rights Acquired

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!

Fiction - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete short story or novel excerpt on any subject intended for an adult audience. 

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 unproduced. 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. Fee per entry is $10 per entry for members of Willamette Writers and $15 per entry for non-members. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. 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.

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

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

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.

Entries by Graduate Students - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete short piece. Can be a short piece or novel excerpt in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  

Only students currently enrolled in a graduate program can enter the graduate students category. 

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 unproduced. 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. Fee per entry by college student in the college students category is $10 per entry. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. 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.

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

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

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.

Non-Fiction - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete piece for an adult audience. Non-fiction includes memoir and creative non-fiction.

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 unproduced. 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. Fee per entry is $10 per entry for members of Willamette Writers and $15 per entry for non-members. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. 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.

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

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

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.

Ends on February 15, 2019$10.00 - 15.00
$10.00 - 15.00

Poetry - Two complete poems may be submitted as one entry, any subject or form. Maximum length five pages for total entry. 

Rules:

1. General formatting - Entries must be typed, single space, except double-spaced between stanzas in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), with margins set at 1 inch on all sides, 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 unproduced. 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. Fee per entry is $10 per entry for members of Willamette Writers and $15 per entry for non-members. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. 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.

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

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

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.

 

Young Adult/Middle Grade Fiction - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete short story or novel excerpt on any subject written by adults for young adult or middle grade readers.

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 unproduced. 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. Fee per entry is $10 per entry for members of Willamette Writers and $15 per entry for non-members. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. 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.

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

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

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.

Entries by College Students - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete short piece. Can be a short piece or novel excerpt in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  

Only Undergraduate college students can enter the college students category. 

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 unproduced. 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. Fee per entry by college student in the college students category is $10 per entry. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. 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.

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

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

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.

 

There are three grade groups for entries by young people (18 and under):

Grades 1-5 

Grades 6-8 

Grades 9-12

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 2018/2019 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, 2019.  

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.

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