Whatcom WRITES

Whatcom WRITES! 2016 theme is CHOICES

Have you struggled with difficult choices: to accept or reject; leave or stay? 

Were the results different than you expected?

Have your choices changed the course of your life in unexpected ways?


How to submit: 

  • Write up to 800 words
  • Send your entry via email to  whatcomwritespress2016@gmail.com
  • In the subject line of your email please include your name, title of work, and word count   
  • In the body of the email please include your name, school if you attend one, community you live in, and phone number
  • Submissions are limited to one entry per person
  • Two MS Word documents should be attached separately to your email: 

1) a biography (max 50 words) and

2) the submission (max 800 words)*

*If you don't have access to Microsoft Word you can use computers at your local academic or public library.


Portions of a winning entry may be used rather than the whole. By submitting an entry, all writers grant permission to Whatcom READS! to share their writing in their publications. Rights return to the author upon publication.

Winners will be notified in October.  

Winners will be invited to read at Village Books, Sunday, December 13th, and will receive one copy of the anthology. Additional copies will be available for purchase.


Support Whatcom READS! Donations directly support programs and materials. For example:

  • Your $125 donation helps us purchase 10 copies of A Tale for the Time Being, organized in a book club kit available for check out from all public libraries in Whatcom County.
  • Your $200 donation helps us purchase 20 copies of A Tale for the Time Being for "free-range" book distribution throughout Whatcom County. 
  • Your $500 donation helps us support the travel expense of bringing award-winning, best-selling authors to our area. 

​Whatcom READS! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, making your contributions tax deductible. 

Mail your check to: Whatcom READS! c/o Whatcom READS! Treasurer, Whatcom County Library System, 5205 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226.