BUILDING COMMUNITY, ONE STORY AT A TIME.
Mission - 1888 serves as a regional catalyst for the preservation, presentation, and promotion of cultural heritage and literary arts. We develop educational programs, produce collaborative projects, and publish relevant literature from around the world to enrich our diverse neighborhoods and engage the national community.
Dedicated to the creative traditions of our local history, we use the literary arts as a foundation for increasing education and literacy with meaningful opportunities—both online and offline—that will engage readers, support writers, and inspire a cultural legacy for future generations.
Vision - Establish a lasting cultural center in Old Towne Orange, CA, and transform the City into the Literary Arts Capital of Southern California.
Routineology - Accepted all year
A project-based study of creative routine featuring writer-produced videos, photos, and essays. From inspiration to realization this vulnerable analysis of writing reveals familiar patterns of ambition and apprehension. Share your process and join the conversation.
The Plaza Literary Prize is a national novella competition. We believe a great story is never defined by its length and welcome all genres and themes with compelling characters and evocative moments. We’re looking for our generation’s Hemingway, Oates, or Steinbeck.
The City of Orange, California was incorporated on April 6, 1888. The center of the town became known as the Plaza, which has become a symbol of the community and a catalyst for storytelling.
- Write a novella and submit via Submittable. Maximum word count is 40k.
- Submissions are accepted March 1 through April 30. Our team of readers will consider each submission for content, craft, and voice and select ten (10) finalists to be reviewed by our jury. One (1) novella will be selected for publication.
When the task of writing grows inevitably arduous—and seemingly thankless—we must remember why we started. Inspired by George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write,” this introspective column highlights our motives for writing. Essays are released through The Paper Trail, our free subscription newsletter. Share your story and join the conversation.
- Write a 500-word essay explaining why you write.
- Submit via Submittable.