Oregon Quarterly essay contest accepting submissions

EUGENE, Ore. -- (Nov. 7, 2012) -- Oregon Quarterly, the magazine of the University of Oregon,is now inviting submissions to its 2013 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest – a competitive forum for outstanding nonfiction writing with a Northwest perspective.

The deadline for entries in the 14th annual contest, sponsored by Oregon Quarterly and the Duck Store, has been set: entries must be postmarked by Jan. 15.

The winning selection will appear in the summer 2013 issue of Oregon Quarterly, which is distributed to nearly 100,000 readers. Almost $2,000 in prize money will be awarded to top essays in the student and open categories.

A selection of winning essays will be featured in a public reading at the University of Oregon next May 30, and will be included in a chapbook published by Oregon Quarterly. Finalists are also invited to attend an exclusive writing workshop with this year’s judge, Ellen Waterston.

Award-winning essays, short stories and poems by Waterston, an Oregon writer, have been published in numerous journals, anthologies and reviews. Her most recent book, an essay collection titled "Where the Crooked River Rises," includes “The Old Hackleman Place, an Obituary,” which won the Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest in 2008.

Past judges for the essay contest include John Daniel, Brian Doyle, Molly Gloss, Karen Karbo, Thomas Hager, Lauren Kessler, Craig Lesley, Barry Lopez, Kathleen Dean Moore, Kenny Moore and Kim Stafford.

Entries should be nonfiction, should not have been previously published in print or online, and should be no more than 1,500 words in the student category and 2,000 words in the open category. No entry fee is required. Find complete guidelines at OregonQuarterly.com.

Oregon Quarterly is the longest continually publishing magazine in the state. It was founded in 1919 as Old Oregon, the alumni magazine of the University of Oregon. A regional magazine of ideas with a circulation of nearly 100,000, Oregon Quarterly brings a Northwest perspective to the stories and issues affecting the region and beyond.

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

MEDIA CONTACT:Joe Mosley, UO media relations, 541-346-3606, jmosley@uoregon.edu

SOURCE:Ann Wiens, Oregon Quarterly editor-publisher, 541-346-5048, awiens@uoregon.edu

LINK:Oregon Quarterly http://OregonQuarterly.com/essay.php

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