Spokane County Library District

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Spokane Writes: 

Poetry and Prose Anthology

We are not accepting submissions at this time for any programs or publications.

Spokane County Library District is celebrating its 75th anniversary in fall 2017. To commemorate this milestone, we are publishing an anthology of prose and poetry with the theme of “Celebration” and written by residents (current and former) of Spokane County and the surrounding areas. The anthology will be released in print and digitally.

The Friends of the Spokane County Library District provide support for the anthology and receive the proceeds from the sale of print copies of the anthology. The funds raised by the Friends support childhood literacy, educational activities for all ages, resources for job seekers and local business owners, and literary presentations and workshops. To learn more about the Friends, please visit www.scldfriends.org.


Anthology theme: Celebration

We encourage you to explore the many ways a celebration can take place in your writing. Using the actual word “celebration” in your poems, story, or essay is not necessary. Instead, we encourage you portray “celebration” in whatever ways resonates with the work that you are submitting. 

Who is eligible to submit

Anyone who is currently living, or has previously lived, in Spokane County and its surrounding area is eligible to submit their work for publication. We welcome and encourage writers of all ages to submit their pieces. We plan to categorize pieces by age group for kids separately from adult work.

Submission limits


Please limit your prose to 1,200 words per submission; each prose submission should contain a complete story, essay, or stand-alone excerpt from a longer work.


We accept no more than 3 poems per submission.


We prefer files in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Please use an easily readable, 12-point font, and use double spacing for prose. If you intend a blank line, such as a stanza break or a break in narrative, and it appears at the end of the page, please indicate.


We are only able to accept original work that has not been published previously. Please include a brief biographical statement with your submission on the Submittable form. 

Multiple submissions are allowed. Because this is a special anthology, we prefer that you do not submit work to us while simultaneously submitting to other publishers; however, if you need to withdraw your submission for any reason, please contact us immediately through Submittable or by email at anthology@scld.org.

For work accepted for inclusion in the Spokane Writes anthology, authors will receive one print copy of the anthology in payment. After publication in Spokane Writes, all rights revert to the author.

How to submit

We are accepting submissions exclusively online through Submittable.

Submission deadline

We are accepting submissions through August 15, 2017, 11:59pm PDT. DEADLINE EXTENDED

Judging and editing

Fortunately for us, we have several established and aspiring writers on staff at the Library District and as community partners. Judging and editing for this anthology will be a team effort with final decisions made by a carefully selected, local committee.


Writers will be notified by email of the status of their submission during September 2017.

If you experience any problems submitting online through Submittable, please contact us by email at anthology@scld.org. We look forward to reading your work. 

Spokane County Library District