The Library Writers Project

Where It Rains, We Write: Stories of Place in the Pacific Northwest

Multnomah County Library invites local writers to submit their original work to the Library Writers Project collection. And this year, we have a prompt to get you started! 

Prompt: Share a story set in a place in the Pacific Northwest that sparks your imagination.
Genre: Any
Language: English or Spanish submissions accepted
Word count: Submissions of any length are accepted
Deadline: May 14, 2021

  1. Publish your e-book on one of the following self-publishing sites*:
    1. Smashwords
    2. Draft2Digital (If publishing on Draft2Digital, please choose Kobo Writing Life as one of your sales channels for review purposes)
    3. Kobo Writing Life
  2. Fill out a submission form telling us about your work.
  3. The library will purchase a review copy of each submission and library staff members will review them. 
  4. After library staff review submissions, they will add the best ones to the library’s e-book collection on the OverDrive platform and Libby app, visited by over 8000 MCL patrons every single day.

Additional details

Submissions should focus around a place in the Pacific Northwest—for example, a park, a store, a street corner, or a shelter—that sparks your creativity, and write about it in short form—in any genre (fiction or nonfiction), including but not limited to: 

  • speculative fiction
  • realistic
  • mystery
  • horror
  • romance
  • fantasy
  • literary
  • memoir
  • essay
  • travel
  • food
  • journalism 

We encourage Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, Asian, and other writers of color specifically to share their stories that center around a place of their choice, though anyone may submit their work for consideration.

We invite your creativity! Write a story that you'd like to read, as long as it's set or focused on a place within the Pacific Northwest, even if that means it's a horror story set in the Enchanted Forest; a romance about two real people who fell in love during quarantine through notes on their windows; or a climate fiction call-to-action set on a houseboat on the Columbia River.  

The Pacific Northwest is home to many types of people, all with stories to share. We welcome all submissions. We will not accept or condone any sort of hate speech against any community or person. 

Submissions have the potential to be published in print by Ooligan Press.