Love + Lust – A Juried Book and Photo Competition

Open to Interpretation

Entry Deadline: Aug. 6

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“Love + Lust” Juried Writing Competition

Open to Interpretation is now calling on writers to submit work for consideration in a juried book competition. 

Project Details:
Open to Interpretation is a collaborative book project bringing together photographers, poets and writers. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers’ submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image. The unique collaboration adds new dimensions to both the photos and the written word.

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.

Theme: Love + Lust
Judge: Dorianne Laux
Submission Fee: $15 for first submission, $10 each additional
Deadline for Submission: August 6, 2013

$500 Judge’s Selection Award

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

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