Seven Gill Shark Review

Submit your fiction or prose

Each semester, the Eureka campus accepts original writing by students, faculty, staff, and community members. Normally, we hold a celebration of fine prose and poetry on campus, but due to the pandemic, we will post our acceptances online. The spring 2020 submissions are currently open and will extend until Wednesday, March 24th, 2021.

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). There is a $100 prize for creative nonfiction sponsored by North Coast Mensa members.

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, and you must be at least 14 years old to submit. You may submit up to three unpublished pieces (poetry, prose, or creative nonfiction).  However, out of that three, only one can be prose (either fiction or creative non fiction.  Also, if you’re submitting prose, the limit 2500 words 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

It is the policy of College of the Redwoods not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its educational programs and its employment practices.

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