For centuries, writers have been inspired to action by the narrative quality of paintings. Edward Hopper’s evocative paintings have launched countless poems and short stories, while Vermeer's “Girl with Pearl Earing” inspired a best-selling novel. Now that connection between the visual and literary arts has come to Maine.
The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Shanti Arts Publishing invite Maine authors to submit original short stories inspired by the paintings of Maine artist, Leslie Anderson. Winning submissions to the Summer Stories Short Story Competition will be published in a printed collection alongside Anderson’s paintings.
Award-winning Maine author Ron Currie, Jr. will serve as the competition’s judge. Currie’s books have earned him critical acclaim and several prestigious awards, including the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library. The New York Times has said Currie is a “startlingly talented writer whose book [Everything Matters!] will pay no heed to ordinary narrative conventions… He survives the inevitable, apt comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and writes in a tenderly mordant voice of his own.”
Winning stories will receive a $50 honorarium (in the form of a gift certificate) and three complimentary copies of the published book.
Submissions Open: October 10, 2012
Submissions Deadline: March 1, 2013
Notification of Winner: May 15, 2013
Book Release: Fall 2013
Full details of this competition are available online.