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Fading Light

The photographers sent us their images of shadows, absence of light, twilight, darkness, losing light, and transformation. Now it's your turn to use the images to inspire your words. Your poems and stories may include the literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image.  Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale - all genres are acceptable.



View our online gallery for selected Fading Light images chosen by George Slade, Photography Curator and Writer at re:photographica.


Fading Light Judge's Choice Award
Naomi, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, Trevor Ray Hart


Publication and Awards

$1000 Cover Award
$500 Judge's Choice Award Photography
$500 Judge's Choice 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.




Writing Judge

Jacqueline Kolosov's ekphrastic poetry collection is Modigliani's Muse (TurningPoint, 2009). Her third collection, Memory of Blue, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in early 2013. Pecan Grove Press just released Hourglass. She also works in prose and has published essays, short fiction, as well as several young adult novels. Recent journal publications include The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Orion, and Confrontation. She was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in Prose in 2008. A native of Chicago, Jacqueline is now on the creative writing faculty at Texas Tech University.


Photography Judge

George Slade has provided fine photographic artists and their audiences with insightful interpretation and curatorial expertise in exhibitions, classes, writings, lectures, and face-to-face exchanges for over 25 years. Formerly the artistic director of Minnesota Center for Photography, the director of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers Program, and recently the curator at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, George is a veteran presence at portfolio review events like Fotofest, Photolucida, Critical Mass, PhotoNOLA, and the Society for Photographic Education's regional and national conferences. In the last three years he juried regional and national exhibitions for the Coalition of Photographic Arts (Milwaukee), New Directions 2009 at the Wallspace Gallery (Seattle), the 2011 Clarence John Laughlin Award at the New Orleans Photographic Alliance, the New England Photography Biennial at the Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham, MA), and IRevelar at the Naomi Silva Gallery in Atlanta. George received a 2007 award from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program; his writings and reviews appear extensively in print and online; some may be found at his web site, re:photographica. He lives in Minneapolis with his partner Stephanie and their children.




Writing Guidelines
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:

  1. Photography "Call for Entry." After judging takes place, the selected images will be posted online.
  2. Writing “Call for Submissions.” After viewing the selected photographs online, writers craft and submit an interpretation of an image in poetry or prose. One written work will be selected for each image from this open call for submissions. The second written interpretation will be chosen by a group of invited, experienced, professional literary instructors from works submitted to them by their students. The result will be two written works 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)
  • Do 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, Arial, etc.
  • 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 be titled
  • 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. Some images receive more entries than others. For those images that receive less than five submissions
Open to Interpretation reserves the right to curate a piece rather than accept work that does not meet the judges acceptance. All decisions are final.



The selected work will be announced via email. Further information will be provided for those that are accepted.


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.




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Important Dates

Fading Light
   Results Announced:
February 7, 2013
   Results Posted Online:
20, 2013


Submissions Open: March 30, 2013


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