Landscapes conjure images of vast, sweeping scenes, but the details captured by a photograph can turn a seemingly
impersonal setting into an intimate story. It's up to the artist to define what constitutes an intimate landscape, be it
representational, non-representational, urban, suburban or rural.
The submissions for Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape is currently closed.
View our online gallery for selected images chosen by Karen Irvine, Curator of Photographs at the
Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.
Intimate Landscape Judge's
Untitled #5, Harold Ross
Publication and Awards
$1000 Cover Award
$300 Judge's Choice Award Photography
Judge's Choice Award Writing or Poetry
to be part of this publication puts you in great company with other photographers, writers, and poets. This publication is
dedicated to providing a place for artists to gain recognition and exposure for their work. All participants chosen, if
so desired, will have their name, web page and/or mailing address indexed in the book so as they can be contacted directly
regarding their work.
Irvine is Curator and Manager of Publications of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She
has organized over thirty five exhibitions at the MoCP and other institutions and
written essays for numerous artist monographs and publications including Art on
Paper and Contemporary. Irvine is a part time instructor of photography
at Columbia College Chicago. She received an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art
history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Patrick Thomas is the editor and program manager at Milkweed Editions. As an editor, his work focuses on acquisitions
that consider our relationship to the more-than-human world. As program manager, he works to find the best way to bring literary
art to the widest possible audience. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.
Each volume of Open to Interpretation represents a unique collaboration
between photographers and writers. The content for each book is sought via two distinct calls for entry/submissions:
- Photography "Call for Entry." After judging takes place, the selected images
will be posted online.
“Call for Submissions.” After viewing the selected photographs online, writers craft and submit an interpretation
of an image in poetry or prose. Two written works will be selected for each photograph.
Eligibility and Submission Guidelines
All writers are welcome to submit work provided
it is written in English, not more than 300 words, and submitted via email. All work must be original and previously
unpublished, either in print or electronically. Open to Interpretation will consider
simultaneous submissions, but requests that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Mailed submissions
will not be accepted.
Preparing your Submission
- Cite the number of the photograph to which your work corresponds in the
file name (photograph#_yourlastname_yourfirstname.doc)
not put your name on the manuscript
- There is no limit
to the number of submissions
- No cover letter needed
- Manuscripts should use a standard font, such as Times New Roman, Helvetica,
- If there is indentation that is critical
to the reading or layout of the poem please note this at the top of the word document
- Maximum length is 300 words
- Each piece should
- Save your manuscript as a .doc
Open to Interpretation judges are asked to select poems or prose
pieces that are well written and compelling, and that offer thoughtful and dynamic interpretations of the photographs. All
decisions are final.
The selected work will be announced via email. Further information will be provided for those that are
Use of Accepted Work
Writers whose work is selected to appear in Open to Interpretation
agree that the winning pieces may also be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly relating to the book. This
may include, but is not limited to, publication in print materials, advertisements, electronic media, displays, websites,
and related ephemera. Writers grant the use of their work as stated without further contact or compensation. Any work used
will credit the writer. Open to Interpretation acquires First North American Serial
Rights. 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.
Open: November 14, 2011
New Extended Deadline: May 1, 2012
Results Posted Online:
July 26, 2012
Scheduled Book Launch:
Submission Fees: $10
New Extended Deadline: May 1, 2012
Directions for submitting your manuscripts:
1) Pay for number
of manuscripts you will be sending.
2) Send manuscript
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include paypal transaction number in email subject line. Make sure document filename includes designated photograph
number (for example for
image IL_15 name the file "IL_15_LastName_FirstName.doc, note this
is your last name and your first name NOT the photographers.)