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Announcing the 2020 Verna Marion Nugent Contest Winner

Portland Review is thrilled to announce Sara Duff as the winner of our inaugural Verna Marion Nugent Chapbook Contest. Her short story, “Perfect Specimens” was chosen by author Porochista Khakpour. The award supports emerging writers who have not yet published a book or had work appear major print or online outlets. Named after Portland-based librarian, single-mother, and short story writer Verna Marion Nugent, the contest is made possible…

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Call for Submissions: Borders

Portland Review welcomes submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation, and mixed-genre works for online publication. We are specifically looking for works that creatively interrogate the theme of borders. We’d hope to find work that explores borders, not as structures that operate as visible barriers, but those less seen: the lines between parent, child, and self; appetites and offerings; gender, bodies, and expectation; the subconscious, reality…

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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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