General Rules for All Submissions

  • Format all work using MS Word (doc or docx), 12pt., double spaced serif font (Times New Roman, Courier, Garamond).
  • Title only on the work.
  • Do not put your name or contact info on the work. Instead put your name, contact info and title of the work in the cover letter. This is so we can maintain a blind submission process.
  • A short bio or blog/website links may be submitted at time of submission in the cover letter. If your work is selected then Creative Colloquy will ask for a picture and bio (if not previously supplied) to accompany the work in the printing.
  • Creative Colloquy accepts submissions from all writers, poets, and essayists throughout Western Washington with a special emphasis on work originating in the South Puget Sound. Please note your location in your cover letter.
  • Only submit one short story or poem per month.
  • Breaking any of these rules will result in automatic rejection.
By submitting to Creative Colloquy, the author allows for a one-time publication on our site. All rights to the work remain with the author. When and if we decide to print a paper version of Creative Colloquy, we will select pieces from our archives and contact each writer individually for consent for the one-time reprint of the work in the new media.

***Submission for our monthly online publication is always open.***

To prepare for the Tacoma Public Library’s official Tacoma Reads selection of 2019, Creative Colloquy is now accepting submissions for short fiction, prose and poetry pieces inspired by the themes explored in Tommy Orange’s debut novel, There, There.

Stories with intertwined, first-person narratives and themes of identity; multi-generational trauma and belonging are encouraged. The submission window is open from July 1 through 31 and will be published on  from August 19 through September 16. Selected wordsmiths will also be invited to perform their piece during our annual CC Summer Soirée festivities, Monday, August 19, 7 p.m. at Alma Mater (1322 Fawcett, Tacoma).

•All submissions are considered via blind submission via Creative Colloquy’s Submittable portal. 

•Format all work using MS Word (doc or docx), 12pt., double spaced serif font (Times New Roman, Courier, Garamond).

•Word count should not exceed 2,000.

•Name and brief author bio should be included in cover letter only. Please do not include personal information in document title or within the document. 

Copies of the novel, There, There are available to borrow from Tacoma Public Library Branches or purchased at King’s Books. 

Tacoma Reads 2019 is a partnership of the City of Tacoma, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and Tacoma Public Library, and is supported by King’s Books, Pierce County Library System, Puyallup Public Library, Tacoma Public Schools, and UW Tacoma. 

Welcome Writers!

Please read the following guidelines before submitting your work for consideration.

  • All genres and styles of work will be considered with the exception fan fiction and erotica. Keep in mind that short stories, memoir/novel excerpts and essays are encouraged but other work, such as poetry, will also be considered.
  • We are looking for submissions that are 300 to 3,000 words in length. However, to be considered as a performer for our reading events, pieces must not exceed 5 minutes stage time (or about 1,000 words). Larger stories will be considered, within reason.
  • Please only submit your final draft, no other drafts will be accepted. As much as we are looking forward to reading your stories, we are a small team and want to invest a fair amount of time and consideration into each story submitted. Those who send more than one piece of work for consideration each month will automatically be disqualified for not following directions.

We will contact you if your story will be featured on the site. If your story is not selected for one month we may still intend on posting it a following month. This will be determined by how many submissions are received.

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