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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  All work must be original and previously unpublished, either in print or electronically.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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Calls for Entry


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Calls for Submissions
    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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