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New Juried Book Competition

Published August 25, 2011


Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before.

The project is a collaborative book 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 photographs for the Water’s Edge theme have been chosen (we had just over 1500 images submitted by 290 photographers from 22 countries and 33 states.) And it’s time for writers and poets to interpret the images.

1. View the images here
2. Choose image(s) that inspire
3. Craft your interpretation of the image in poetry or prose
4. Submit


Book Title: Open to interpretation
Theme: Water’s Edge
Juror: Anastasia Faunce
Submission Fee: $10 per entry
Deadline for submission: October 20, 2011
Results Announced: November 19, 2011
Awards: $300 Jurors Selection Award

Judge: Anastasia Faunce received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. As a writer, editor, and arts administrator, Anastasia has worked with such clients as, Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, Doubleday, Bantam Dell Publishing Co., HarperCollins Publishers, Graphic Design for Love + $, The Loft Literary Center, and a bevy of authors and artists. In addition, she served, for three years, on the editorial board of Water~Stone: A National Review of Literature, and was the Review’s inaugural Assistant Editor.

For full details go to


Submission Fee: $10 per entry
Max length: 300 words poetry or prose
Deadline for submission: October 20, 2011


Open to Interpretation (
Clare O’Neill