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2019 Timberline Review 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.

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

  • 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.

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


We use a simple form to gather submissions, but we understand that this is not universally accessible to disabled people. If you have questions related to accessibility, please email us at submissions@timberlinereview.com. 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.

What We Want

Our coming issue has no theme.

We currently seek 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
  • Hybrid
  • Graphic novel (b&w)
  •  Visual art (b&w and color)

Submissions Deadline for Issue #9: 

December 31st, 2019 at 11:59PM.

Response Time: Submissions are accepted or rejected during the week of April 4-11, 2020. We realize this is a long wait, but it gives us time to review all our submissions. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as you can.

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions failing to meet all guidelines below will be disqualified.

Text Formatting:

  • Submissions are anonymous: no 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 (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 in a note at the end of the poem.
  • DRAMA: Screenplays or dramatic writing must follow one of two standard text formats: Modern Play Format, or the program “Final Draft” Format. 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!