Gorge Literary Journal welcomes submissions

The Gorge Literary Journal, a voice for writers in the Columbia Gorge, is accepting submissions for its fifth edition. The submission deadline is May 15.

Partnering with The Hood River News and sponsored in the February edition by Slopeswell Cider, Pine Street Bakery, Pine Street Kitchen and The Farm Stand, Gorge Lit will feature a collection of short original works in a special newspaper section in August and on the gorgelit.org website. There is no financial remuneration for acceptance.

All submissions are anonymous, as the online submission process connects writers’ names to their pieces after an editorial decision has been made. The editors chose this method to prevent local friendships from coloring their editorial choices. Editor John Metta explains, “It’s a small town and Julie (Hatfield, the other editor) and I know a lot of talented writers. We want writers to be chosen based on merit, not who they know, which can often be a deciding factor in the publishing world.”

If an editor has an inkling of a writer’s identity, the editor is expected to recuse himself or herself from the deliberations.

Assistant Editor Sarah Sullivan adds additional perspective and helps break ties.

The editors are looking for previously unpublished work by local authors. Poetry, essays and flash fiction ranging from serious to humorous are welcome. The editors are not interested in political or religious manifestos, work that promotes hate, or novel excerpts that cannot stand alone as flash fiction (“flash fiction” refers to characters and a conflict that are introduced, explored and resolved within 500 words).

Because Gorge Lit is entirely volunteer driven, it does not have the resources for extensive editing, but the editors reserve the right to edit for publication.

Consult gorgelit.org/submission-guidelines/ for instructions, and pay close attention to the guidelines.

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