Ekphrastic Writing Challenge
Join us for biweekly ekphrastic writing challenges. See why so many writers are hooked on ekphrastic! We feature some of the most accomplished influential poets writing today, and we also welcome emerging or first time writers and those who simply want to experience art in a deeper way or try something creative.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our last writing challenge featuring the work of Fidelio Ponce de Leon. Accepted responses for the Ponce de Leon challenge will be published on May 24, 2019.
We apologize for posting this challenge two days late due to some technical difficulties.
The prompt is Post Time, by Ginny Caraco. Deadline is May 31, 2019.
We are very excited to have Joan Leotta with us this time as guest editor.
Joan chose this artwork for the ekphrastic writing challenge because Ginny Caraco is a Carolina artist, and because it is Derby Month.
Joan Leotta is a writer and story performer living in Calabash, North Carolina. She writes in many genres, but poetry, especially Ekphrastic is one of her favourite forms of expression. Her poems have been featured many times on The Ekphrastic Review and Visual Verse. Her work has also been read at the Ashmolean in Oxford, England and she has performed folklore and personal tales in many museums, libraries, classrooms and festivals. She is on Facebook at Joan Leotta. Her website, What Editors Want You to Know, is dedicated to helping other writers find their niche in the mystery short story world. www.joanleotta.wordpress.com
Ginny Caraco is an artist from Camden, South Carolina, specializing in house portraits, pet portraits, and equine subjects. She works in pen and ink, watercolour, or coloured pencils. Ginny graduated from Trident Technical College in N. Charleston SC with a certificate in Architectural and Industrial Drafting. Her studies during that period led her to become comfortable with the demanding medium of pen & ink and she has parlayed those skills into a lucrative craft!
1. Use this visual art prompt as a springboard for your writing. It can be a poem or short prose (fiction or nonfiction.) You can research the artwork or artist and use your discoveries to fuel your writing, or you can let the image alone provoke your imagination.
2. Write as many poems and stories as you like. Send only your best works or final draft, not everything.
3. Paste your entry in the body of your email. You can include a word document, PDF, or link to Google Drive, etc, but in the event we can't open or access the file, we need a ready copy in the email.
4. USE THIS EMAIL ONLY. Submissions sent to other Ekphrastic email addresses will not likely be read in time, or by the right person, and will be discarded without response.
Send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Challenge submissions sent to the other inboxes will most likely be lost as those are read in chronological order of receipt, weeks or longer behind, and are not seen at all by guest editors. They will be discarded. Sorry.
5.Include GINNY CARACO WRITING CHALLENGE in the subject line in all caps please.
6. Include your name and a brief bio. If you do not include your bio, it will not be included with your work, if accepted. Even if you have already written for The Ekphrastic Review or submitted other works and your bio is "on file" you must include it in your challenge submission. Do not send it after acceptance or later; it will not be added to your poem. Guest editors may not be familiar with your bio or have access to archives. We are sorry about these technicalities, but have found that following up, requesting, adding, and changing later takes too much time and is very confusing.
7. Late submissions will be discarded. Sorry.
8. Deadline is midnight, May 31, 2019.
9. Please do not send revisions, corrections, or changes to your poetry or your biography after the fact. If it's not ready yet, hang on to it until it is.
10. Selected submissions will be published together, with the prompt, one week after the deadline.
11. Rinse and repeat with upcoming ekphrastic writing challenges!
We have been featuring occasional guest editors for the ekphrastic challenges.
We're hoping this will inspire us in unexpected ways, add new flavours and perspectives to the journal, foster community, and widen readership. We have Kyle Laws and Janette Schafer coming up later this spring.
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