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Submissions Open

Paper Gardens, the annual creative writing contest sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, is open for submissions for the 2024 competition.

Writers who live, work or go to school in Yamhill County are invited to submit original poetry or prose. Prose categories are fiction or creative non-fiction. Poetry categories are traditional, free verse, haiku/tanka, and poetry of place-Oregon. 

Judges’ selections are published in the Paper Gardens anthology. All published writers receive a copy of the book and are recognized at the book release celebration hosted by the Chehalem Cultural Center on Thursday, May 9 from 7 – 9 p.m. Questions? Email

The 2024 judges are Sindya Bhanoo for prose and Annie Lighthart for poetry. Funding partners have included The Arts Alliance, the Chehalem Cultural Center, the Kinsman Foundation, library, book and writing groups, community businesses and individuals, the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.