Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any costs
or fees beyond the submission/entry fee?
A: No. The only additional
costs you may have is if you choose to purchase a copy of the book, but this is not necessary for your participation. The books are offered at a deep discount
if you choose to purchase on or before the submission deadline.
Q: Who retains the rights to the
A: The selected photographers retain all rights to their work. While Open to Interpretation
acquires first publication rights for written materials of the selected writers, all rights revert to the author after publication
and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to Open to Interpretation is made.
By being selected, both photographers and writers are granting Open
to Interpretation the right to use work (in part or in its entirety), for the purposes of publishing, marketing, publicity,
and promotional aspects of the project.
Q: What personal/professional information about me will be printed in the book?
While Open to Interpretation does not publish artist bios, selected artists may choose what contact information (telephone
number, email address, website, etc) is printed and available to readers/the public. Any inquiries we receive for sales or
future projects will be directed to the artist.
Q: Are transactions on your website secure?
A: Yes. Photography submissions
are accepted using a program called Smarter Entry. Payment for writing submissions is accepted via Paypal. Both of these sites
use the latest encryption technology and trusted
processors to ensure the safety and confidentiality of your personal information.
Q: How can I edit or add to my submission?
Photographers can log in here using their username and password to make changes to a submission
before the final deadline. Writers can send updated versions of their manuscripts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Why does it take so long to post the photography results
A: Approximately 2 weeks after the deadline we will notify all those that submitted.
We need to then give the selected photographers time to return a signed agreement along with a high resolution
image (and if applicable a model release) to us before we can open the images to writers
to begin their submission process.
Q: Will the photographs
be reproduced in color or black & white?
A: The book will be printed in full color.
Q: How many images and interpretations will be selected?
A: There will be 25-30 images selected and therefore 50-60 written interpretations total. Every image will
have two interpretations.
Who is printing the books?
A: Hardcover volumes of Open to Interpretation are printed
and bound professionally by a custom book printer.