Hello Humboldt Writers: CR’s Literary Magazine is Accepting Poetry, Fiction and Creative NonFiction

Press release from College of the Redwoods:

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The Seven Gill Shark Review, College of the Redwoods’ literary magazine, is currently accepting submissions of original poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from Humboldt County community members, as well as staff, faculty, and students at the CR Eureka campus.   The submission period is currently open and will be through noon on March 25, 2020.Submissions may consist of up to four pieces of work.  Short stories or essays are limited to four pages double-spaced, and you may submit up to two short stories or essays. Entries should be emailed to [email protected].The first place poem, story, and creative non-fiction pieces will each receive prizes of $100; second place will receive $25 gift certificates. The poetry prize is generously sponsored by Northtown Books of Arcata, the prose prize by Booklegger Books of Eureka, and the creative nonfiction prize by North Coast Mensa members.Additionally, all writers whose work is accepted are eligible to be considered for the Hobson Award, which is a $250 award given to the best entry in any genre that builds bridges between species, religions, cultures, ages, or genders.  These prizes are for both campus and community members, though not for faculty or staff of College of the Redwoods. All authors whose work is accepted will be invited to read at our college-wide celebration on the CR Eureka campus on Friday, April 24 at 7pm in Humanities 110.

For details about the publication and submission guidelines please visit here and click “Submit Your Fiction or Prose”. For more information, call Prof. of English David Holper at (707) 476-4370 or see our website.



  • Industrial Disease

    Creative non-fiction sounds disturbing, in a way. Anyone have an example of what that might entail?

    • In my experience, memoirs. I suppose what separates it categorically from realistic fiction is that the written about events actually did happen. I guess we have to trust writers to tell the truth. Is that why it sounds disturbing?

    • I imagine that creative presentation of “fact” might be rendered disturbing by context; for example, in a court case? A tale in any genre might leave the reader feeling disturbed, perturbed, or otherwise unsettled. This is not always a bad thing! I remember crying as I read a short story by a career writer who described the experience of losing her identity as a tumor grew on the very part of her brain that had come to define her success: Wernicke’s area, the brain’s primary language center. The genre is vast and varied.

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