Submission Guidelines

The Gorge Literary Journal is “a small place to hear large voices.” Published twice a year within the Hood River News and on The Gorge Lit website, it is an opportunity for local Columbia Gorge writers. We do not have the space to publish nonlocal writers.

General rules for submission:

  • Gorge Lit accepts previously unpublished work. Multiple submissions are welcome, but if your work is picked up elsewhere, please do the right thing and tell us.
  • Do not include your name or identifying information in the body of the submitted piece or it will not be considered. The submission tool is how we ensure all submissions are anonymous. It matches your name to your work after an editorial decision.
  • Only two submissions per author. This means a maximum of two prose pieces, OR two poetry pieces, OR one of each. Please include both poetry pieces in one document.

Text and formatting specifications:

  • 500 word maximum for prose, or 40 lines per poem (including skipped lines between verses). Please post word count at the top of the page for prose entries.
  • We accept the following formats: Word, Plain Text, PDF.
  • Submission body must be in Times New Roman font, 12 point. Title can be in Times New Roman, 14 or 16 point.

How to increase your chances of acceptance:

  • Poetry, flash fiction and essays are the most accessible candidates for our readership. We already get a lot of poetry, and we like to publish prose, too. Yes, that’s a hint.
  • Shorter pieces (shorter than our word/line limits) have a much better chance.
  • We’re looking for polished, edited work. Hastily submitted first drafts are disappointing.

Also remember:

  • Your work may be edited for space considerations.
  • There is currently no financial remuneration for acceptance. You retain the copyright for your work.
  • Gorge Lit is 100% volunteer driven.
  • Your audience is a public newspaper. Work that appears in the newspaper will be on the Gorge Lit website approximately a month after print publication.

Gorge Lit will not consider the following:

  • Political or religious manifestos.
  • Work that promotes or perpetuates hate.
  • Novel excerpts that cannot stand alone as flash fiction.

And remember, whether you submit here, elsewhere, or nowhere, don’t ever stop writing.