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, written in the third person, must be submitted at time of submission in the cover letter. Please also provide your preferred pronouns i.e. she/her/hers or they/them/theirs. If your work is selected, Creative Colloquy will ask for a picture to accompany the work in print.
  • 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 may 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.***

Once upon a time, we connected to share space and stories in person and online.

Due to Covid, these days we hope to continue to foster relationships built on the mutual admiration of the written word virtually through our online literary site and regular online literary gatherings.

Now that autumn has officially settled in, we wanted to find a new way to lure readers and writers from behind their keyboards and decided it was time for a little treasure hunt.

We know Tacoma loves a good treasure hunt.

With that said, Creative Colloquy is now accepting submissions with the theme: Glimmers of Light.

We want short stories, poems and essays that take a deep dive into social and cultural issues in our community, lives lived and survival & self care during a pandemic transformed into glimmers of light to be discovered.

Selected submissions will be printed and placed in glass bottles that will be “hidden” around town to be found. Ultimately the idea is to place a spotlight on South Sound scribes while also sharing stories and nourishing narratives in a season where a glimmer of good can make all the difference.

Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

· Fiction and Non-Fiction Accepted

· Due to size constraints of the vessel, we recommend word count not exceed 500 words

· 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, please place in the cover letter so the Editorial Committee can maintain a blind submission process

· A short bio written in third person must be submitted at time of submission in the cover letter. Please also provide preferred pronouns i.e. she/her/hers or they/them/theirs.

By submitting to Creative Colloquy, the author allows for a one-time publication on our site and will be included as a part of our Message in a Bottle Series. If your work is selected CC will ask for a picture to accompany your work on the online platform.

This call for submissions will remain open until November 7, 2020.

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.

Creative Colloquy