Call for Submissions and Cover Artist: Vol 2 of Voices of the River

Call for Cover Artist

Confluence is seeking a cover artist for the second issue of our Voices from the River Journal. In addition to the cover, they will design embellishments/page separators that match their vision for the cover that can be used for scene breaks in articles. More about Voices of the River can be found here. This is $3,500 contract.

The cover artist should be Indigenous and preferably have ties to the Columbia River region (we define this very broadly).

Please apply by sending an email to lily@confluenceproject.org with a brief bio, a brief (paragraph long) statement of interest and link to past work. Feel free to email with any questions prior to applying,

Deadline is March 15th, 2023.

Call for Journal Submissions

Confluence is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for the second volume of our print journal Voices of the River! Voices of the River is a journal that explores the history, living cultures, and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices. Some potential themes include (and are not limited to) Growth, Healing, and Community.

Deadline: March 15th, 2023.

Voices from the River is an accessible publication of stories, research papers, poetry and art that elevate Indigenous perspectives in our understanding of our region and our nation. This journal is an extension of the work Confluence does in public gatherings, education programs in schools, and our Digital Library that already features interviews, documentary shorts, photo galleries, and research papers on these subject managers exclusively from an Indigenous perspective. You can read a few examples here or buy a full copy here.

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 artwork (this could be an art print or a photo of a carving for example, which would be paired with a short artists interview we would do with you) academic research, creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, or personal essays. Those should be written with a public audience in mind. Some potential themes include (and are not limited to) Growth, Healing, and Community.

If you are interested in providing a piece for the library, please submit your piece via this form. If you prefer to email or mail your submission, please let Lily@confluenceproject.org know and we will make that work!

With any questions, please email Lily Hart, Managing Editor, at lily@confluenceproject.org Other staff, such as the Lead Editor and Editorial Review Committee will be announced in early late February/March. The Lead Editor will be an Indigenous artist/writer, with a committee made out of primarily Indigenous writers/academics/artists.

General Guidelines and Information on our Process

    • We only publish Indigenous authors and artists.
    • We pay $300 per article if published online, $750 for an article printed in the physical journal. Because of a constrained budget and a limit of 28 pages, we can only accept a limited number of pieces for print publication and we may need to reject articles that are worthy. Choices will also be influenced by needing a diversity of genres—for example, even if we get many amazing poems or many amazing research articles, we will still need a balance.
    • The submissions forwarded to our Peer Editorial Committee, who will have the difficult task of narrowing the list down. In March, the committee, with the process led by the lead editor and managing editor, will meet once to create a shortlist and second to pick final pieces. While your name and bio is available for the Lead Editor and Managing Editor to see, it will be anonymous for the committee. You will hear a final decision by mid April.
    • Pieces go through editing after acceptance, with editorial suggestions made by the lead editor and some members of the editorial review committee. We also create a space for authors to offer each other feedback and hopefully create lasting connections.
    • 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. Thank you

Content Guidelines

  • Word limit: 2,000.
  • Some potential themes include (and are not limited to) Growth, Healing, and Community.
  • The piece should pertain to the Columbia River system—we define this as the Columbia and its tributaries, including up into British Columbia. Articles could be about 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 the connection between orca recovery and Columbia River salmon and Tribes.
  • Pieces 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.
  • Research articles would ideally be useful for both educators and the general public and written in an accessible manner.
  • While the research 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.