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Open to Interpretation
A Juried Book Competition of Photography, Poetry and Prose

Theme: Water's Edge

International Call for Entry

View Online Gallery of Selected Images

&  Submit Writing


Water's ever changing surface and symbolism has held our imagination since ancient times. Images that capture water's transition are as prolific as water itself; they can be found everywhere. We are all drawn to water for a myriad of different reasons - all subjects (color or black & white) are eligible. 


Photography Submissions Closed


Poetry & Prose Submissions Open: June 25, 2011
Entry Deadline: October 20, 2011
Submission Fees: $10 per entry

Poetry & Prose Results Announced: November 19, 2011
Scheduled Book Launch:
December 2011 or January 2012



Publication and Awards

$300 Juror's Selection Award Photography
$300 Juror's Selection Award Writing or Poetry

Being selected 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.



Photography Judge

Douglas Beasley's personal vision explores spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings and are meant as a departure point for the viewer's own visual or spiritual journey.

As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He believes in helping each student find their voice rather than making 'pretty pictures'. His workshops are held in places such as Santa Fe, Maine, New York, Hawaii, Guatemala, Peru, Japan, China, Italy, Africa and Bali as well as the Trade River Retreat Center, his cabin/retreat center in Northwest Wisconsin.

Much of his personal work, including Sacred Sites of the Lakota, Disappearing Green Space, Silent Witness: Genocide and the Landscape, Sacred Places and Earth Meets Spirit are supported by grants and commissions and have been widely exhibited and collected. His work has been published internationally and featured in numerous magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, PDN and PhotoVision. His first book: "Japan; A Nisei's First Encounter," offers insight into his journey to his mother's homeland. His second book Earth Meets Spirit will be coming out in late 2010.

Douglas continues to explore the notion of what is sacred in his photography and in his life. He lives in a passive solar home surrounded by trees in Saint Paul, MN. When not out traveling the world he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music. Personal heroes include Jimi Hendrix, the Dalai Lama and whoever invented the espresso machine.

Watch video profiling Douglas for the public television series MN Original.

Watch video of Douglas working with the nude at his retreat center in Wisconsin. Password is 'doug'.

Website: DouglasBeasley.com

Workshops: VQPhoto.com


Poetry and Prose Judge

Anastasia Faunce received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. She was a finalist for The Calvino Prize in both 2010 and 2011, and a contributor to Fiction on a Stick: New Stories by Minnesota Writers (Milkweed Editions, 2008). Anastasia’s work has also been recognized by the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Glimmer Train Press, Hamline University, Inside Books Publishing Institute, The Loft Literary Center, Norcroft Writing Retreat for Women, University of Louisville, and Utne Reader.

As a writer, editor, and arts administrator, Anastasia has worked with such clients as, Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, Doubleday, Bantam Dell Publishing Co., HarperCollins Publishers, Graphic Design for Love + $, The Loft Literary Center, and a bevy of authors and artists. In addition, she served, for three years, on the editorial board of Water~Stone: A National Review of Literature, and was the Review's inaugural Assistant Editor.

Her efforts in the community include serving on working committees for such organizations and institutions as, AMICUS, Association of Writers & Writing Programs, College of Design—University of Minnesota, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Minnesota Arts Communicators, Page Education Foundation, The Loft Literary Center, and Walker Art Center.

Anastasia has held full-time positions with Film in the Cities and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is currently a Program Director at the University of Minnesota, where she runs the Split Rock Arts Program and creates innovative educational opportunities through the College of Continuing Education’s LearningLife program.

Aside from several “every-day” folk she is privileged to encounter during routine travels and trespasses, Anastasia’s personal heroes include James Baldwin, Camille Claudel, Pratibha Parmar, Czeslaw Milosz, Simone de Beauvoir, Amedeo Modigliani, and other fierce souls housed in bodies of yearning, who make their way through life with passion, compassion, and intellect. Oh, and whoever invented the espresso machine (with a nod to photography judge Doug Beasley—sincerest form of flattery and all that…)


   Judge: Douglas Beasley
   Submissions Open: March 10, 2011
Entry Deadline: June 7, 2011
Early Submissions Due: April 26, 2011

   Photography Guidelines


   Judge: Anastasia Faunce
   Submissions Open: June 25, 2011
Entry Deadline: October 20, 2011

   Poetry + Prose Guidelines









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