Creative Colloquy invites writers to create work inspired by Tacoma Reads selection


To prepare for the Tacoma Public Library’s official Tacoma Reads selection of 2019, Creative Colloquy is now accepting submissions for short fiction, prose and poetry pieces inspired by the themes explored in Tommy Orange’s debut novel, “There There.”

Stories with intertwined, first-person narratives and themes of identity; multi-generational trauma and belonging are encouraged. The submission window is open through July 31 and will be published on from Aug. 19 through Sept. 16. Selected wordsmiths will also be invited to perform their piece during our annual CC Summer Soirée festivities, Monday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. at Alma Mater (1322 Fawcett, Tacoma).

  • All submissions are considered via blind submission via Creative Colloquy’s Submittable portal.
  • Format all work using MS Word (doc or docx), 12 pt., double spaced serif font (Times New Roman, Courier, Garamond).
  • Word count should not exceed 2,000.
  • Name and brief author bio should be included in cover letter only. Please do not include personal information in document title or within the document.

Copies of the novel “There There” are available to borrow from Tacoma Public Library branches or purchased at King’s Books. describes the book at fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking. “Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. “There There” is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.

Tacoma Reads 2019 is a partnership of the City of Tacoma, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and Tacoma Public Library, and is supported by King’s Books, Pierce County Library System, Puyallup Public Library, Tacoma Public Schools, and UW Tacoma.

Creative Colloquy is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike.


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