Call for Submissions

The theme for our Summer 2023 issue is “Shelter.” For this issue, we’re looking for stories about home, sanctuary, and refuge of all kinds.

Tell us stories about finding shelter or having it taken away, about inner sanctums and boltholes and ports in the storm. Explore the conditions of Oregon’s animal shelters, the history of its asylums, or the state’s legacy as a place of sanctuary for immigrants, or how the securing of money affects the accommodation of people. Consider questions of safety and protection: what makes a place safe, either from the elements or from more human dangers? What is the line between protection and isolation? What constitutes a house, and how is that different from a home? How do we find shelter or refuge in beliefs, communities, books, television, or video games?

We welcome all forms of nonfiction writing, including essays, journalism, and excerpts from forthcoming or recently published books. 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.

We encourage stories created with or by communities—classrooms, neighborhoods, congregations, or any other group with shared interests and experiences. Some examples follow:

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 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, High Country News, and Best American Essays, and featured on public radio programs Think Out Loud, State 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 April 24 to

To learn more about what we publish, view our contributor guidelines

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