Please read and follow the 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.

We publish a winter edition in February and a summer edition in August. Our submission deadline is November 15 for the February publication and May 15 for the August publication.

All submissions are anonymous to ensure editors’ local friendships don’t color the selections. Your name is revealed after an editorial decision is made. Submissions with identifying information in the body of the work will be rejected. Limit two pieces per writer (maximum two prose items OR one prose and one poem OR two poems). Also, we get a lot of poetry, you're best chance for acceptance is fiction, which we actively seek.

And please read (and follow!) our Submission Guidelines.

No, seriously. Disregarding the guidelines will prevent us from considering your work.



Flash fiction is short, but it's still a story, with an arc and a resolution. Your beginning might be a brief idea, your middle may be as short as a single sentence or phrase, your ending may be terse, but they should be there. It’s challenging but fun. 500 words or less, any genre. Shorter is better and make every word count. Not every story works as flash fiction.

Please double check our guidelines to make sure you've followed them, and include the word count at the top of the page. Please note that Gorge Lit publishes only local Columbia Gorge writers or writing about the Columbia River Gorge.

This category is nonfiction. This is best if literary, and like Flash Fiction, needs to develop a thought to a resolution. A rambling anecdote that just ends is… a rambling anecdote. Nonfiction should still build an idea and resolve to a conclusion. 500 words or less. Shorter is better. Make every word count.

Please double check our guidelines to make sure you've followed them, and include the word count at the top of the page. Please note that Gorge Lit publishes only local Columbia Gorge writers or writing about the Columbia River Gorge.

Accepting both lyrical poetry and free verse. Up to two pieces per writer. Max poetry length for space considerations is 40 lines, including line breaks for verses. If submitting two poems, please submit both pieces in a single document.

Please double check our guidelines to make sure you've followed them. Please note that Gorge Lit publishes only local Columbia Gorge writers or writing about the Columbia River Gorge.

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