Library Writers Project opens for submissions; expands eligibility

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 1, 2021. Multnomah County Library is now accepting submissions for its sixth year of the Library Writers Project. This year’s program expands eligible submission types to include a broader range of diverse voices and subjects. 

The Library Writers Project showcases and supports local writers and bolsters the library’s collection of self-published e-book titles. Beginning today and continuing through April 30, 2021, authors who hold a Multnomah County Library card may submit original works for consideration.

The library accepts works of fiction and non-fiction, of any length, inspired by a place in the Pacific Northwest. In order to be considered, authors must publish their works for consideration by panels of readers through self-publishing platforms Smashwords, Kobo Writing Life or Draft2Digital.

The library is making significant changes to the program by inviting short stories and essays, in addition to full-length novels and memoirs, and by accepting Spanish-language submissions for the first time. 

“Since its inception, the Library Writers Project has been a successful way to highlight and support local writers while expanding the library’s e-book collection,” said Electronic Content Librarian Kady Ferris. “Our goal in expanding submissions to include more types of stories is to promote access to more local writing from non-dominant cultures, including offerings from local Spanish-language writers to more better reflect the diverse voices in our community.”

Multnomah County Library will continue its partnership with Ooligan Press to help review submissions and to publish in print the best of the submitted works in the future.