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Writing submissions for Love + Lust are currently closed.


Love + Lust Writing Calls for Submissions

The photographers sent us their images and interpretations of Love + Lust. 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 Love + Lust images chosen by Aline Smithson, curator and editor LENSCRATCH.


Love + Lust Judge's Choice Award
Tim & Ilsa - Wakening Savasana
From the Series "Daily Practice - The Essence of Yoga"
Photo: Hillary Atiyeh


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

Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men, winner of The Paterson Prize and the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, is available from W.W. Norton. Her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon, is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and Smoke, as well as two fine small press editions, Dark Charms and The Book of Women, both from Red Dragonfly Press. Co-author of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, she’s the recipient of two Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by late poet laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress.


Photography Judge

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera.

She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Pairs, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of museum collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.

In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community.

Aline founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Too Much Chocolate, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photoeye, and has provided the forwards for artist’s books byTom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, amongst others.  

Aline has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a 2009, 2010, and 2011, 2012 juror for Critical Mass, and a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States. Though she was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by Center, she considers her children her greatest achievement.




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
  • Submit your manuscript and take advantage of pre-ordering your copy of the publication at a deep discount.



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

    Theme: Love + Lust
Dorianne Laux

Submissions Open: March 30, 2013
Deadline: August 6, 2013
Results Announced: November 4, 2013
   Results Posted Online: December 3, 2013
   Submission Fee: $15 per manuscript
   $10 per additional manuscript
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