Q: Why is your submission process blind?
Ally: Chris and I wanted to create a reading series that would help writers read, network, and perform in front of people outside of their comfort zone. This means a writer can be awkward, busy, or experimenting with genres and submit/participate without having to feel like a lot is at stake. We want to meet new writers and we want you to meet a new audience. That is why you should submit.
Q: How often will you have readings?
Ally: Four to six readings a year, or however much I can manage.
Q: Do I have to live in Portland?
Ally: No, but it helps. This is a fledgling reading series, so we cannot help you with travel costs, though we’ll be happy to take you to the Florida Room and give you a couch or cot to crash on. If your personal information in Submittable indicates that you live more than a day’s drive away, please note in your cover letter that you’re aware that you would need to manage your own way to Portland until further notice.
Q: Wait, but I thought submissions are blind.
Ally: Once we pick the winners in each category, we do get to see your cover letter information. In order to account for people not reading directions and for extenuating circumstances (balancing representation / giving less established writers priority), we do pick a few top choices, so even if you are not ultimately chosen we might get to see who you are and what your deal is.
If you have questions for us, frequent or infrequent, you can e-mail us at submissionpdx[AT]gmail[DOT]com or contact us at facebook.com/submissionpdx.