With just a couple of weeks left for our Bird Watching contest many of you have already sent your entries and are ready for another major ekphrastic writing challenge.
We have gathered another intriguing collection of artworks, and the theme this time is Women Artists.
Artists throughout history in many different cultures faced immense obstacles, and women even more so. Few female painters or sculptors have been acknowledged by history or books, and yet we have a rich legacy of creativity if we dig between the lines to find gold.
The subject was so exciting that I got carried away. It was my intention to select 30 to 40 prompts to inspire your ekphrastic writing practice, but ended up with 60. Many more were left on the cutting room floor. I hope each artwork will lead you to study more works by the featured artists, to learn about their lives and work and the worlds they lived in.
Use your ebook of 60 artworks as a reference and a book of writing prompts, now and forever. Purchase before the contest deadline also qualifies you to enter up to ten poems or stories.
Selected entries will be published in The Ekphrastic Review, in a series of special showcases.
We are absolutely delighted to have Alarie Tennille as our guest judge. Alarie is a long-time contributor to the journal, a consultant for our prize nominations, a winner of our Fantastic Ekphrastic Award for her outstanding contributions to the journal and to ekphrastic literature, and a widely published and loved poet.
Alarie will choose a first place winner and two runners up from the published selections.
The first place entry will receive $100 and each runner up will receive $50. Winners may be flash fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.
Your purchase of our ebooks has made it possible for us to offer cash prizes in these new contests at The Ekphrastic Review. Your support also helps with the time, maintenance, web and other expenses, and promotion of this journal. We can't thank you enough.
1. Click on button below to get your ebook of sixty prompts by women artists.
2. Write from any or all of the artwork prompts. You may submit up to ten pieces.
3. Please submit all of your entries in one email. Wait until you have your complete entry to send.
4. You may write poetry, flash fiction, or creative nonfiction, or a combination, up to 1000 words each.
5. Deadline is July 7, 2021.
6. Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. In subject line, put WOMEN ARTISTS CONTEST.
7. We hate to censor your creativity and will try to accommodate experimental formatting, but be aware that flush left formats work best for the web. Complicated formats or spacing is difficult or impossible to reproduce faithfully.
8. Your work must be inspired by the prompts in the book. They can incorporate a description of the art or connect to the artwork's history or subject matter, or to the artist biography, or they can use the art as a point of departure for imagination, memory, correlation, etc. In other words, the writing can be about the art or about anything else the art triggers you to dream up.
9. The Ekphrastic Review will publish selected works in special showcases from the entries. Of these selections, guest judge Alarie Tennille will choose her favourites. The judge's decisions are final.
10. The winners will receive $100 CAD for first place and $50 each of two runners up. Winners will be paid by PayPal.
11. Winners will be chosen and announced by the end of July 2021.
12. Please include a third person biography up to 100 words.
13. Please use copy and paste in body of email, or a word document. You may include a PDF to show formatting and italics, but please include it in addition to your copy and paste or word document.
13. Good luck and have fun!
Correction: I made an error in transcription when compiling the Women Artists ebook. Page 13 credit should read: The Conquest of Belgrade, by Katarina Ivanović (Serbia) 1845. Apologies for this mistake.