Oregon Humanities Magazine, a nonprofit general interest magazine, is accepting submissions of nonfiction writing (essays, journalism, and excerpts) for the Spring 2020 issue of Oregon Humanities on the theme “Union.” Share an experience of coming together or pulling apart, of being a whole or a piece. Tell us about the possibilities or challenges of institutions, things, or people joining or splitting. Explore a historical or current event that shows the effects of merging, association, coalition, separation, or partition.

We’re looking particularly for stories that relate to challenging questions, diverse perspectives, and just communities. Please send drafts of personal essays, which should push beyond simple narrative and consider larger thematic questions. If you’re pitching a journalistic or researched piece, please send a proposal, links to your clips, if any, and tell us why you’re the person to write this story. Features generally range between 1,500 and 4,000 words. All contributors are paid between $500–$1000, depending on the length and complexity of the piece. Currently the magazine is distributed free to 12,000 readers. Work from Oregon Humanities has been reprinted in textbooks, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Utne Reader, and Best American Essays, and featured on public radio programs Think Out LoudState of Wonder, and This American Life.

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please read past issues and the guidelines for writers. Please note that at this time, we only accept work by writers who reside in Oregon. Then, submit one proposal or one draft by Wednesday, October 23, 2019, to [email protected] (preferred) or by post to Editors, Oregon Humanities magazine, 921 SW Washington Street, Suite 150, Portland, Oregon, 97205. No phone calls, please.


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