Call for Indigenous Writing and Art Submissions

Collage featuring photo of Mourning Dove

Collage featuring photo of Mourning Dove


Application Deadline

February 1, 2019


This call is open to all Indigenous people living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and British Columbia. This includes residents of those states belonging to Native communities outside of the Pacific Northwest, and outside of what is currently the United States. Everyone is encouraged to participate regardless of age, professional experience, media, or tribal affiliation.

About this Opportunity

Attention, all Indigenous writers and artists! As part of yəhaw̓, a very special literary and arts zine is being published – both online and a limited print run – in early 2019 to showcase and celebrate Indigenous voice, presence, continuance, and the remarkable generativity of Indigenous writers working across genres in sacred Salish territories. Visual artists are also warmly encouraged to submit work for publication in the zine. Associated readings and events will also feature yəhaw̓ zine writers and artists at Bellevue College and South Puget Sound Community College in early 2019.

We are now accepting submissions for the zine and welcome all current yəhaw̓ artists to submit as well as other Indigenous creatives across the Pacific Northwest. There is no set theme for this publication, but we encourage submitters to consider the Lifting the Sky story and overall yəhaw̓ project values when selecting work. Submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, experimental work, and hybrids are all welcome. Submissions which include or are written in tribal languages, and submissions from Indigenous youth, women, Two Spirit/LBTQ writers and artists, and writers/artists with disabilities are particularly welcome. Work previously submitted to other publications is welcome. Regardless of genre or form, each submission should fit approximately on one page or a two page spread maximum - the zine will be risograph printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper folded in half for an overall book size of 8.5 by 5.5 inches. All submissions received by February 1 will be considered. Selected contributors will receive a $75 honorarium and a free copy of the publication.

The publication will be edited by Acoma Pueblo writer Sara Marie Ortiz.

About yəhaw̓

This forthcoming publication is part of yəhaw̓ - an expansive multi-city, yearlong project, encompassing satellite installations across the Puget Sound region featuring work by over 200 Indigenous creatives. Learn more at and follow @yehawshow on Instagram & Facebook.

About Sara Marie Ortiz

Sara Marie Ortiz is an Acoma Pueblo educator, scholar, poet, performance artist, and Native community advocate/activist. She earned her BFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University (Los Angeles). Ms. Ortiz has been publishing and presenting her creative work since the age of eighteen and her writing has been published in publications such as Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, New Poets of the American West, the anthology Sing: Indigenous Poetry of the Americas, Indian Country Today and The American Indian Graduate among many others. She is the author of the mixed-genre collection Red Milk and currently serves as the Native Education Program Manager for Highline Public Schools in Burien, Washington.

How to Submit

Email or complete the online form at with the following information:

  • your name

  • email address and phone number

  • city/state you are based in

  • tribal affiliation and documentation of Indigenous ancestry if available

  • up to 10 written and/or visual pieces for consideration

We can also take applications via phone, DM, or mail as needed.


Email, call or text 253-336-6477, or use the contact form at