Call to Writers: Submissions to Oregon Humanities’ Magazine Due August 22

Features for “Beyond”

Out there. In the distance. Yonder. For the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Oregon Humanities magazine, we want to hear about what lies ahead, in the next year or the next fifty. How does the future look for people who live in this state, and what might it hold? Tell us about people or organizations with bold visions for this place—for imagination, transformation, preservation. Share ideas from way outside the mainstream. Consider what lies beyond the known, or the knowable.


We welcome all forms of nonfiction writing, including all forms of essays and journalism, and excerpts from forthcoming or recently published books. We encourage stories created with or by communities—classrooms, neighborhoods, congregations, or any other group with shared interests and experiences. Successful submissions will reflect our vision of an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, invites challenging questions, and strives for just communities. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels of experience.


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 1,200 and 4,000 words. All contributors are paid between $500 and $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 we only accept work by writers who reside in Oregon, though no proof of residence is required. Then, submit one proposal or one draft by Sunday, August 22, 2021, to


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