Confluence Library Submissions

We are currently accepting pitches!

Our priority is material that advances our mission to connect people with the history, living cultures, and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. These pieces can take the form of academic research, creative non-fiction, personal essays, or a mixture of the two. They should be written with a public audience in mind.

If you are interested in providing a piece for the library, please email Lily Hart, Digital Content Manager, at lily@confluenceproject.org with your piece. Some pieces will be included in a future published journal.

General Guidelines and Information on our Process

  • We only publish Indigenous authors.
  • We will generally reply within a week to your submission, with information on the next steps in the process. This is not our timeline for acceptance, just for acknowledging the submission.
  • We use the Chicago Manual of Style in our library. Your article does not need to be in Chicago Style but do keep in mind that it will need to be edited, if accepted, to fit Chicago. While Confluence uses the Chicago Manual of Style for the website and articles, Confluence recognizes that CMS is a Western academic creation and we are certainly willing to break from it. It is a general guide for the Resource Library to follow and chosen above MLA/APA. In addition to CMS, we follow the instructions in the Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing by and about Indigenous Peoples.
  • We pay $300 per article. Because of a constrained budget, we can only accept a limited number of articles and we may need to reject articles that are worthy. We strive to maintain a positive relationship with you so that when our budget is renewed in the next year, we can revisit publishing your article.
  • The articles are reviewed by volunteers. Our process is for the article to go to the Digital Manager, then if interested, the article will be reviewed by one to two Editorial Support volunteer reviewers, which offer editorial support to the Digital Manager. The process is a blind review (the reviewers are anonymous to you and you are anonymous to them). This is something that is similar to a peer reviewer, yet we call these reviewers Editorial Volunteers and their purpose to be a second eye and act as a helpful guide — we aim for a process that is more supportive and one that veers away from the traditional academic Western module.
  • For your intellectual copyright protection, once an article is rejected the editors and reviewers should delete/shred/etc their copy of the manuscript.
  • Copyrights and permissions depend upon each case and will be a conversation between you and us. Generally, you retain rights to your article and to publish it in other venues and we also have the right to use it on our website and any printed materials.
  • We understand that submitting an article means a great deal to the author and we endeavor to make this a positive experience, even if an article is rejected.

Content Guidelines

  • Currently, we need more articles that fall under the themes of Sovereignty, First Foods, Lewis and Clark from a Native Perspective, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
  • Articles should steer away from intertribal politics. Confluence cannot publish an article that explicitly pits one tribe against another. That is more an opinion piece for other publications.
  • These articles would ideally be useful for both educators and the general public and written in an accessible manner. Some articles might be aimed primarily at educators.
  • The article should pertain to the Columbia River system. They could be on a subject that involves a region outside of the Columbia River system, however, there should be some link to this region. For example, an article could focus on orca recovery among Puget Sound tribes, but include information on how orca recovery affects Columbia River salmon and tribes.
  • While these articles go through a peer-review process, our audience is not primarily academics. Ideally, your article should be written in a way that is accessible and clear to a broad audience. We generally prefer articles to be between 2,000 and 3,000 words, although this can vary.

Editorial Advisory Committee

Katrine Barber

Professor of History, Portland State University

Eliza Canty-Jones

Editor, Oregon Historical Quarterly

Steve Fountain

Assistant Professor/Campus Director of Native American Affairs, Washington State University-Vancouver

David Lewis (Grand Ronde)

Professor of Anthropology/Native Studies, University of Oregon

David Osborn

Professor, Portland State University

Patricia (Patsy) Whitefoot (Yakama)

Director, Indian Education/Yakama Wellness Coalition

Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs/Dine)

Executive Director, Museum at Warm Springs