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The prompt this time is Hamlet Shakespeariana, by Fernando Vicente. Deadline is November 10, 2023.
You can submit poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, microfiction, or any other form creative writing you like. 1000 words max please.
We are thrilled to have Kate Copeland as our challenge editor and curator for this session. She has been a guest editor several times already, and brings a wonderful variety of artistic styles and talents to our attention. We are also delighted to announce that Kate has joined our editorial team here at The Ekphrastic Review and will continue to serve our readers as a challenge editor approximately every other month. Please join us in welcoming her. She generously shares her time and her curious eye on behalf of the journal, our writers, and our readers. THANK YOU KATE!!!!
Dear Ekphrastic Challengees,
This ekphrastic challenge offers you the incredible work of Spanish artist Fernando Vicente!
Fernando is a self-taught illustrator, whose work was first published in magazines during “la movida madrileña," the countercultural movement in Madrid during the Spanish transition to democracy. His art has appeared in newspapers and various (cultural) supplements, Fernando has also illustrated book covers and record sleeves.
Find his work via: https://www.fernandovicente.es/en/
The artwork I have chosen is part of the series Heroinas Literarias and is called Hamlet Shakespeariana (see for the whole series: https://www.fernandovicente.es/en/fine-art/heroinas-literarias/ ). It is an amazing piece and I know it will just prompt you into writing the most beautiful lines and stanzas!
Thank you so much for submitting your writing, I am very much looking forward to reading your work.
And thank you Lorette, for having me on board as challenge-editor and curator for TER, I am looking forward to choosing art and reading beautiful words every two months indeed. I feel very honoured to be included in your wonderful Ekphrastic Review!
Enjoy the Vicente Shakespeariana challenge everyone,
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 you wrote down. (Please note, experimental formats are difficult to publish online. We will consider them but they present technical difficulties with web software that may not be easily resolved.) Please copy and paste your submission into the body of the email, even if you include an attachment such as Word or PDF.
3. There is no mandatory submission fee, but we ask you to consider a voluntary donation to show your support to the time, management, maintenance, and promotion of The Ekphrastic Review. It takes an incredible amount of time to curate the journal, read regular and contest submissions, etc. Paying all expenses out of pocket is also prohibitive. Thank you. A voluntary gift does not affect the selection process in any way.
4. USE THIS EMAIL ONLY.
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 VICENTE CHALLENGE in the subject line.
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.
7. Late submissions will be discarded. Sorry.
8. Deadline is midnight EST, November 10, 2023.
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. Due to the demands of the increasing volume of submissions, we do not send out sorry notices or yes letters for challenge submissions. You will see what poetry and stories have been selected when the responses are posted one week after the deadline. Understand that we value your participation as part of our ekphrastic community, but we can only choose a handful of the many entries we receive.
12. A word on the selection process: we strive for a balance between rewarding regular participants and sharing the voices of writers who are new to our family. We also look for a variety of perspectives and styles, and a range of interesting takes on the painting. It is difficult to reproduce experimental formatting, so unfortunately we won't choose many with unusual spacing or typography.
13. By submitting to The Ekphrastic Review, you are also automatically joining our subscribers' list. Your submission is your permission. We don't send spam and we don't send many emails- you will not receive forty-four emails a day! Our newsletter occasionally updates you on some of the challenges, news, contests, prize nominations, ekphrastic happenings, prompt ebooks, workshops, and more.
14. Rinse and repeat with upcoming ekphrastic writing challenges!
15. Please share this prompt with your writing groups, Facebook groups, social media circles, and anywhere else you can. The simple act of sharing brings readers to The Ekphrastic Review, and that is the best way to support the poets and writers on our pages!
16. Check this space every Friday for new challenges and selected responses, alternating weekly.