Sunday, July 23, 2006

Marketing/Publicity/Event Planning Internship Opportunity

Marketing & Event Planning with WiPP

Take advantage of this opportunity to participate with the inner workings of our up-and-coming organization! Work from home, set your own hours, and earn valuable experience while you do. Occasional in-person meetings with WiPP executives and committees will be required.

WiPP (Women in Portland Publishing) is a new local nonprofit organization and a multi-talented group of women with a wide range of publishing skills, from writing and editing to marketing, publicity, and graphic design.

Our group aspires to:
•Offer a scholarship to aspiring women in publishing
•Support the local publishing industry while assisting those who wish to become involved
•Make a name for itself with various community outreach projects and causes

If interested, e-mail Jen Weaver-Neist at for more details or to apply.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Time winding down for Indigo literary contest submissions

Submissions due by Friday, August 4!

Indigo's first literary contest is a great opportunity to put your best fiction or nonfiction piece to the test! Fiction can be short stories or novel excerpts, and nonfiction can be essays or creative nonfiction. Maximum word count is 4,000; limit one submission per candidate.

All genres welcome, but special interests include multi-cultural themes, travel, feminism, young adult, health and wellness, and the arts.

Winners will receive professional editing services on the submitted piece as well as online publication.

Submit your work to with "Fiction/Nonfiction Submission" in the subject bar.

Venue ideas?

WiPP will be hosting a publishing networking party in the near future (most likely September), and we're in need of some good Portland venue ideas. Because WiPP is a brand new nonprofit, little or no venue fee would be ideal. The event has the potential to attract several hundred professionals. We'd like to get hors d'oeuvres donated, but participants will surely be more than willing to spend money on drinks.

Do you, or someone you know, own or have access to a potential venue for this event? Or do you have any favorite venues that you would like to recommend for this event? Post a comment!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Publishing in Portland

As I was in Powell’s earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised to see the new Best of Tin House, a collection of the best 27 short stories from the past six years.

Tin House has been a topic of conversation among the publishing community in Portland, and apparently across the country, for several years now, so seeing this massive collection boasting a beautiful bronze cover peer out at me among other featured local books gave me a surge of interest and pride in Portland’s publishing community. The book is available at Powell’s and other bookstores for $18.95.

On another note, Glimmer Train is hosting a Very Short Fiction Contest (less than 2,000 words), but the deadline of July 31 is rapidly approaching. Winners will receive $1,200, publication, and 20 copies of issue featuring their work. Details are at Wrap it up and send it in today!

Don't forget to submit your fiction and nonfiction pieces to Indigo's literary contest, either. Fiction can be a short story or novel excerpt, and the nonfiction section is open to essays and creative nonfiction. While all genres are welcome, special interests include multi-cultural themes, travel, feminism, young adult, health and wellness, and the arts. Submissions are limited to 4,000 words, maximum one submission per candidate. Deadline is August 4, 2006.

On a marketing note, Media Bistro has just posted photos from the last networking party. Visit
to view your next client and/or freelancer! While you’re there, take a moment to review the 181 current marketing-related job listings.

Designers and visual artists might be interested to know that Regional Arts & Culture Council for Artists, Organizations & Schools is offering arts grants for Portland artists. Now is the time to develop an art project or event to take place in 2007 and further your artistic career! Visit
for more details.

WiPP is also fostering artistic development this Thursday at the Graphic Design Workshop for skatepark tour group participants at Parkrose High School. Many thanks to Becca, Heidi, and Jen from WiPP as well as to Trevor Todd from SUN Schools and Nate Langer from Northern Alliance for assisting in the planning of this event. We’ll give you a full account of the event’s success next week!

Now is an exciting time to be a publishing professional in Portland. To steal a line from Almost Famous, “It’s all happening!” Do you feel it too?