Ooligan Press Contests

Write to Publish 2016 Announces Writing Contests, Winners Published in The Timberline Review and Cirque

Portland, OR – Write to Publish, Ooligan Press’s annual publishing conference, in partnership with the Timberline Review, a literary journal from the Willamette Writers publishing a wide variety of content, and Cirque, a literary journal publishing Alaskan and Pacific Northwest writing, are excited to offer a flash fiction contest and a Pacific Northwest poetry contest this year. Submission for both contests open September 8 and close October 30, 2015.

Entries for the Pacific Northwest poetry contest may be original, unpublished works in any style of poetry up to 40 lines and should be centered on a Pacific Northwest theme. The winning poet will be notified in the first week of December and will win a cash prize of $100, a reading at the conference, and publication in the Timberline Review.

Entries for the flash fiction contest must be 700 words or fewer, original, unpublished, and double spaced. The winning writer will be notified the first week of December and will win a cash prize of $100, a reading at the conference, and publication with Cirque.

The contest fee is $10, and only one story or poem may be submitted per person, per contest. Please send submissions via email to w2p@ooliganpress.pdx.edu with “Flash Fiction Contest Submission” or “PNW Poetry Contest Submission” as the subject line.

The eighth annual Write to Publish conference, slated for January 30, 2016, will be held at the Smith Memorial Student Union, located at 1825 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Oregon. This year’s conference is sponsored by Desert Palm Press, a lesbian romance publisher. Arthur Bradford, O. Henry Award-winning writer, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Moth grandSLAM winner, will give the keynote speech.

For more detailed information about the contests, the conference, or to purchase tickets, visit http://ooligan.pdx.edu/writetopublish/.

Writers’ Retreat in Sprague River

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Jeff Staiger’s Essay Accorded Honor

Jeff Staiger’s essay about ebooks, “Kindle 451”, has been selected as “Notable” in the 2015 edition of Best American Essays. It originally appeared in the New England Review (Volume 34, Number 3-4, 2014) and will soon be available in its entirety on that journal’s website.

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Springfield Public Library Hosts Poetry Reading

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Erik Muller Memorializes David Laing


This morning we learned of the death of our friend David Laing, two weeks short of his 78th birthday. David had Parkinson’s and after years of living with it recently became bed-ridden and received hospice care at his Salem home, attended by his wife Susan and daughters Carrie and Molly.

David Laing is known in this valley as a poet and editor. He called his poems in Passage and Glimpses “small” and “modest,” though a reading of them reveals a thoroughly grounded person with the skill to write short poems that are satisfying completions. David edited Fireweed for ten years with Ann Staley and Erik Muller. The earliest poem we have of Dave’s is from a college literary magazine of 1959.

David is one of our oldest friends, dating from our times in the late 1950s at Williamstown and Bennington. We shared interests in poetry, jazz, cats, and country rambling. We three came to Oregon in 1963 after reading William Stafford. David and Erik earned MA degrees at the University of Oregon. We have enjoyed a long friendship with David and Susan’s Salem family as their daughters grew up.

Here is a poem David wrote in 1992:


Wherever you’ve been
in the forest, wherever
you’re going, something
has been there first.

You know this because
you see things
out of the corner of your eye
you can’t explain.

Dust jumps off the path
ahead of you, puddles
ripple, you notice
blades of grass ticking.

There is no wind. Something
has just passed this way.
Maybe it was the part of you
that always goes first
and now is out of sight.

What is left then
going along in your body
is at home in the forest
always lives there
never needs to leave.

A note from Erik & Ann Muller

Lane Writers Reading Series

The second season of the Lane Writers Reading Series begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road, Eugene.  Quinton Hallett, Nancy Carol Moody, and Janice Rubin will read their poems.

September 27, 2015-reading flyer

Third Saturday Reading at Tsunami Books

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