A Cooperative Event with Cottonwood Center for the Arts
This inaugural 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 and highlight the quality of writers living and working right here in the Pikes Peak region. By seeking inspiration from the outstanding visual art at the Cottonwood Center and then displaying finished writings alongside their selected inspiration, this event hopes to reveal the magic of art inspiring 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The entry submitted in the contest must be original and previously unpublished and unproduced.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 reader panel:
- Middle Grade/Young Adult
- Romance/Women’s Fiction
- Science Fiction/Fantasy
- Urban Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal
Writing is Art opens for submissions Sunday, October 1, 2017. Entries must be received by 12:00 PM (Noon) MST on Sunday, December 31st, 2017. A maximum of 50 entries will be accepted.
HOW TO ENTER
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.
Writers are to visit Cottonwood Center for the Arts at 427 East Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 and explore their various galleries and workspaces. Writers announce themselves at the front desk to gain permission to take photos inside the galleries. Writers must adhere to Cottonwood’s guidelines regarding which pieces are available for this event. Again, ask at the front desk. Select a piece that inspires your writing and take a digital photo of it.
For more information on Cottonwood, visit cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com.
Write your submission with the opening line, Understanding washed over me… Pronouns may be altered or replaced with proper nouns to fit your story, point of view may be altered from first person to third person, etc. For plays/screenplays, this prompt must occur somewhere in your submission via character dialogue. Submissions not using this unifying prompt 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 four typed pages (approximately 1,000 words) of a single story, poem, or scene (play/screenplay).
Each submission should be a complete story, poem, or scene (play/screenplay). In the case of fiction, memoir, and other creative non-fiction, the submission must tell a full story arc. A submitted scene from a play or screenplay must take place in a single time and place as it would should that scene be produced. It must start and end within the four-page framework. This includes space for setting and stage direction, etc. outside of dialogue.
A clear, digital photo of the artwork that inspired your submission must accompany it as an attachment to your submission email (.jpg or .jpeg format, maximum size 1200 x 630 pixels). Label the image with the name of the respective visual art and the artist’s name (i.e. Into the Sunrise by Harry Lloyd).
Label your submission with the document’s title and genre (i.e. Houseplants-Fantasy.doc, Irma’s Wake-WomensFiction.doc, 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.
- 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 four pages printed 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).
- First line of submission should identify the name of the piece of visual art and the artist in bold print (i.e. Into the Sunrise by Harry Lloyd)
- 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 must reflect the inspiration of a different piece of visual art.
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, 2018. 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 that inspired the piece. This display is open to the public and will run March 1-31, 2018 with a gala opening the evening of Friday, March 2nd, 2018. All selectees will be recognized at this gala. Local press will be invited.
Mark these dates on your calendar:
- October 1, 2017: Event opens for submissions
- December 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM (Noon) MST: Event closes for submissions
- No later than February 15, 2018: Authors of selected submissions notified
- March 1, 2018: Gallery opens at Cottonwood Center for the Arts
- March 2, 2018: Gala opening at Cottonwood Center for the Arts
- March 31, 2018: Showing of this event ends at Cottonwood Center for the Arts