Writing submissions for Open to Interpretation: Fading
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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.
our online gallery for selected Fading Light images
chosen by George Slade, Photography Curator and Writer at re:photographica.
Fading Light Judge's Choice
Naomi, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, Trevor Ray Hart
Publication and Awards
$1000 Cover Award
$500 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.
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.
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.
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. 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)
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. 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
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.
Announced: February 7,
Results Posted Online: March
Submissions Open: March 30,
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