Seven Gill Shark Review

Submit your fiction or prose

Each semester, the Eureka campus presents a showcase of original writing by students, faculty, staff, and community members. This district-wide celebration of fine prose and poetry is held in Humanities 110 on the main campus. The spring 2020 submissions are currently open and will extend until Wednesday, March 25th, 2020. The reading of the accepted work will be presented on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Humanities 110.

Among those whose work is accepted, the first place poem and the first place story will receive prizes of $100.  Second place winners will receive a $25 gift certificates (the poetry prize is generously sponsored by Northtown Books of Arcata; the prose prize is sponsored by Booklegger Books of Eureka).

In addition, writers whose work is accepted are eligible for the Hobson Award, which is a $250 award given to the best entry in any genre that builds bridges between species, religions, cultures, ages, or genders, as determined by the judges.  These prizes are for both campus and community members, though not for faculty or staff of College of the Redwoods.  Cash prizes are generously provided by the College of the Redwoods Foundation and an anonymous donor.

This contest is for Humboldt County writers only. You may submit up to four unpublished pieces (poetry, prose, or a combination of the two).  However, out of that four, no more than two prose pieces.  Also, if you’re submitting prose, the page limit is four pages double-spaced (12 pt. type).  Poems, however, may be single spaced if they’re under two pages.  We only accept electronic submissions.

To submit your fiction or prose the Seven Gill Shark Review, please save the work .doc or docx (Microsoft Word document) and attach it to your email.  Make sure that the first page of your document contains your name, address, daytime telephone, City/State/Zip, and title(s) of the piece(s) you're submitting.   Also indicate whether you're a student, faculty staff member, or community member.  Send the email to submission to

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