Whatcom WRITES

Whatcom WRITES! 2017

The Whatcom READS! book selection for 2017 is Jonathan Evison’s novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and the theme of our 8th annual anthology is “Forgiveness.” The impacts of the mistakes made by the characters in Evison’s novel have far-reaching effects. Ben is stuck in the problems and grief from the horrible accident that occurred to his family. His efforts to find a way out of grief cause interesting ripples and connections in the lives of those around him.

Have you struggled with the question of forgiveness, for yourself or for others? How has forgiveness changed the course of your life and where did it take you?  Is forgiveness always a good thing? Read the book, write on the theme, and enter your work for a chance to be published, together with a piece of writing by Jonathan Evison himself, in the 2017 Whatcom WRITES! Anthology.


How to submit your work

  • All entries must be submitted by midnight, Sunday, October 16, 2016.
  • Write up to 800 words on the theme “FORGIVENESS” (see the writing prompts above). Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction are welcome.
  • Send your entry via email to whatcomwritespress@gmail.com
    • In the subject line of your email include your name, title of work, and word count.
    • In the body of the email include your name, school (if you attend one), city or community where you live, and a phone number in case we have questions about your entry.
  • Submissions are limited to one entry per person.
  • Free access to computers with Internet and Microsoft Word can be found at your local academic or public library.
  • Two separate Microsoft Word documents should be attached to your email:
    • a biographical author statement (maximum of 50 words – which will appear in the book),
    • your submission (max 800 words).

Whatcom READS! will publish a print and electronic anthology of the top entries received, together with a piece written by Jonathan Evison. Entries will be judged on a rubric that includes originality, design and creativity, demonstrated writing skills, and appropriateness to contest theme. Portions of an entry may be used rather than the whole. By submitting an entry, writers grant permission to Whatcom READS! to share their entry in Whatcom READS! sponsored publications, online at www.whatcomreads.org, and on Whatcom READS! social media sites. Rights return to the author upon publication.


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

  • Your $125 donation helps us purchase 10 copies of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, 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 The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving 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.