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Editor & Reader Reflections on Submissions

Every summer Portland Review receives hundreds of submissions, and our editors and readers diligently review each piece of writing and art with a careful eye for craft. In an effort to support our submitters, we have gathered a few of our reflections on the strengths and weaknesses commonly found in Portland Review’s submissions. Our editors and readers are describing submissions that, for different reasons, didn’t…

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Call for Submissions: 2020 Anthology

Portland Review is excited to welcome submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and mixed-genre works for its 2020 themed anthology, LABOR.  We are also accepting submissions for the Verna Marion Nugent Chapbook Contest (see details below). 2020 Anthology la·bor /ˈlābər/ Noun Rihanna once sang, “There something ’bout that work, work, work, work, work, work.” For our next issue, we’d like to uncover that something, whether through story,…

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More than Nine-to-Five: 10 Works on Labor

  On July 1st, Portland Review will open submissions for our 2020 themed issue, Labor. In anticipation, our editors have considered ten novels, short story collections, memoirs, and artworks that gather and interpret the social, political, economic, and personal threads tied to modern-day labor.   Women Talking, Miriam Toews A single conversation among eight Mennonite women, the novel is framed by their impending choice following the discovery…

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Jeri Griffith’s Lush Silhouettes

We were excited to discover Jeri Griffith’s work in our submissions box last fall. The dreamlike silhouettes that bridge the surreal to the natural, imbued with stained-glass colors and shapes, brought to mind many of the unwieldy questions underlying the Unchartable theme. Two of these works, “The Offering” and “The Forest” were published in the anthology. We are happy to share the artist’s full series…

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