Writing is Art

A Cooperative Event with Cottonwood Center for the Arts


This event is intended to display the artistic value of writing to the public while demonstrating the inspirational strength of the visual arts. Pikes Peak Writers (PPW) stands as the preeminent organization for the betterment of writers along Colorado’s Front Range. This event is an effort to engage our member writers with the regional arts community, highlight the quality of writers living and working right here in the Pikes Peak region, and demonstrate how art inspires art.


This event is for published and non-published writers of all genres—fiction and non-fiction, poetry, prose, playwriting, and screenwriting. Any PPW member may enter regardless of whether or not they have been published or produced, and regardless of the format of the publication (self-publication, digital publication, traditional publication, etc.).

The entry submitted in the contest must be original and previously unpublished and unproduced. Entrants must certify that the entry has not been accepted for publication or production prior to the date of entry. Submissions that are part of an already published series are not eligible for entry. Submissions that have won awards in other PPW contests are not eligible for entry.

Because all entrants must be members of Pikes Peak Writers, we require all contestants to be at least eighteen (18) years old. This is the same age requirement for all of our event and conference attendees.


This event is for short-format entries only. However each submission must identify its genre category as one of the following for the sake of our judging panel:

  • Middle Grade/Young Adult
  • Mainstream/Literary/Historical
  • Romance/Women’s Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Urban Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal
  • Poetry
  • Screenplay/Play


Writing is Art opens for submissions August 1, 2018. Entries must be received by 12:00 PM (Noon) MST on October 1st, 2018. A maximum of 50 entries will be accepted.


Send your submission as a .doc or.docx attachment via email to  WritingisArt@PikesPeakWriters.com.


No paper entries will be accepted. All entries will be returned via email to address of submission. At the conclusion of the event, PPW will delete all electronic submissions.


Write your submission based on the theme It Takes A Tribe. The benefits of concepts such as community, teamwork, mutual support, etc. must be featured prominently in the writing. Submissions not addressing this unifying theme will be eliminated.

Each submission consists of a single document in .doc or .docx format. Author contact information (email address and/or phone) must be included in the email text, but cannot be included in the submission document.

Entrants must send no more than 1,000 words of a single story, poem, or scene (play/screenplay).

Each submission must be a complete story, poem, or scene (play/screenplay). In the case of fiction, memoir, and other creative non-fiction, the submission should tell a full story and/or character arc.  A submitted scene from a play or screenplay should take place in a single time and place as it would were that scene produced. It must start and end within the 1,000 word framework. This includes space for setting and stage direction, etc. outside of dialogue.

Label your submission attachment with the document’s title and genre (i.e. Houseplants-Fantasy.docx, Irma’s Wake-WomensFiction.docx, A Dog on Fire-Poetry, etc.).

Your name may not appear anywhere on or within this document or the photo.


  • Document must be in .doc or .docx format.
  • Double-spaced.
  • Ragged right margin. Use left justification. Do not use center, right, or full justification.
  • A one-inch margin all around (top, bottom, left, and right).
  • Submission must use 12-pt. Cambria or 12-pt. Times New Roman font only. Be aware that many word processors do not default to these fonts.
  • Submission must be no longer than 1,000 words using these format guidelines. Any submissions not meeting this requirement will not be considered.
  • No personally identifying information.
  • Pages must be numbered (header or footer).
  • Headers may include submission title and page number, but not the name of the author.
  • Remember to adapt your header so that no reference to your name or other personally identifying information is included.


Up to three entries are allowed per author. Each entry must be submitted separately and each must reflect the theme.


In order to effect a fair and equitable process, judges are not aware of the identity of the entrants. If the entrant’s name appears on the submission, the entry will be disqualified. A disqualified entry may still be read, but will not be eligible to be shown at Cottonwood.

Double check the titles of your document, the headers, footers, and main text of your documents to ensure that your name or other personally identifying information does not appear.


Members of a panel comprised of PPW member writers read each submission and selects his/her favorite submissions.


The panel convenes and selects pieces to represent Pikes Peak Writers at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Final number is subject to change based on total submissions, panel decision, or Cottonwood Center requirements.


Authors of selected submissions will be notified by email not later than 15 February, 2019. If you do not receive notification of selection by that date, your submission has not been selected for this inaugural event.


Selected submissions will be printed, framed, and displayed at Cottonwood Center for the Arts alongside the visual art inspired by the piece. This display is open to the public and will run March 1-31, 2019 with a gala opening the evening of Friday, March 1st, 2019. All selectees will be recognized at this gala. Local press will be invited.

After March 31, 2019, selected writers are welcome to pick up the prints of their writing from Cottonwood. Those not picked up by April 30, 2019 will be disposed of.

* Should this event garner enough interest, PPW plans to work with a local publishing house to create a coffee table book featuring submissions, images of the visual art, and bios of both artist and author. Any proceeds from said book would first cover publishing costs then be split between Cottonwood and PPW. Any writer whose work appears in this showing has the right to deny their submission’s use in aforementioned book. Terms of Use will be agreed upon pending a future decision in regards the book’s creation by PPW and Cottonwood.


Mark these dates on your calendar:

  • August 1, 2018: Event opens for submissions
  • October 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM (Noon) MST: Event closes for submissions
  • No later than February 15, 2019: Authors of selected submissions notified
  • March 1, 2019: Gala opens at Cottonwood Center for the Arts
  • March 31, 2019: Showing of this event ends at Cottonwood Center for the Arts

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