We are delighted to have the wonderful Kate Copeland as a guest editor for this challenge! Welcome, Kate.
Dear Ekphrastic Challengee!
Be welcome to a new challenge from The Ekphrastic Review. First of all, I would like to thank Lorette for the opportunity to be a challenge-editor for this most inspiring journal. I feel very honoured.
As a poet with this ekphrastic family, I know (or…erm…I think I know) how exciting and inviting and, well, challenging it is to write to an artwork. Yet, aren’t these challenges none other than a fantastic opportunity to have the mind go on a museum-wander, while you rave about in your notebook?
So, I would like to invite you to a sequential art-write, along Trauma 1, 2, 3 by Romina Ciaffi (2012). The prompt is not one, but a series of paintings that you can certainly use any way you like. The challenge shows you two pieces, the whole sequence can be found via https://www.ciaffi.ink/Trauma-1-2-3
I am a big fan of Romina’s versatile work; she is an original and intelligent artist who knows how to put art meticulously on canvas, as well as on skin. And she includes words!
According to the artist, the colours used in Trauma 1, 2, 3 all come from the same bottle of black ink. Depending on the amount of water you mix the black tone with, all sorts of purple pop up and move around. Then, the title “Trauma” refers jestingly to the German word ’Traum’. The added “1, 2, 3” you will have to elucidate for yourself.
I hope you will enjoy playing with words, with sequences, with colours.
Good luck, enjoy, Kate Copeland
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The prompt this time is Trauma 1,2.3, by Romina Ciaffi. Deadline is March 17, 2023.
You can submit poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, microfiction, or any other form creative writing you like. 1000 words max please.
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.
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5.Include CIAFFI 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. Do not send it after acceptance or later; it will not be added to your piece. 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 EST, March 17, 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. 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.
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