12.11.2014

Publication Contests on the Olympic Peninsula: Writers and Artists

While taking in local commerce on the Olympic Peninsula recently, I came across two announcements regarding publication contests that are currently accepting submissions. In the words of Dr. Sam Beckett: Oh, boy!

Contest Info and Links

Tidepools Magazine:
"Tidepools is a student run literary magazine produced at Peninsula College, serving both Jefferson and Clallam counties for over 50 years. We solicit local poetry and prose, fine and digital art, photography and music from residents of all ages. We publish one issue a year and release it during the first week in June."
  • Cash Prizes:
    • $100 = first place prize in each adult category plus publication
    • $25 = first place prize in each youth category 
    • 2nd/3rd place winners = guaranteed publication
  • Open to Clallam and Jefferson County residents
  • Adult entry fee $6.50
  • Youth entry fee $4.00
  • Non-contest entry is free (for chance at publication)
  • Online and snail-mail submissions accepted
  • Nameless submissions for blind judging
  • Deadline: January 16, 2015
Read all contest rules and submission info @ Tidepools Magazine Submissions


Rainshadow Poetry:
"April 2015 Competition: Celebrating National Poetry Month for adult and student poets in Clallam and Jefferson Counties."
  • Publication of winning poems
    • Winning poets receive copy of book
  • Open to Clallam and Jefferson County residents
  • Adult entry fee $10.00
  • Youth entry fee $5.00
  • Senior (65+) entry fee $7.00
  • Online and snail-mail submissions accepted 
  • Theme: A New Beginning
  • Deadline: January 23, 2015
Read all contest rules and submission info @ Rainshadow Poetry

Both contests are regional and only open to residents of Clallam and Jefferson Counties in Washington State. Out of curiosity I have looked up the population numbers to get an idea of the speculative odds. The combined population of the two counties in 2010 was 101,276, by comparison to Pierce County the same year at 795,225, where I last resided...and by comparison to King County (where Seattle is) with over 1,000,000 residents the same year. Damn, who knew a 2-hour move away from the I-5 corridor could make such a difference? Oh, yeah, I did.

Good luck, contestants!

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