Call for Entries: On the Teenage Experience

Call for Entries:
Artists, Photographers, and Writers on the Teenage Experience

Composing with Images Press (CWiP) seeks images (photographs, drawings, or paintings), poetry, prose, and personal experiences (stories, letters, or journal entries) that explore and/or represent the theme, The Teenage ExperienceAll proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN’s main focus is to stop unfair treatment against students based on gender identity and sexuality, but the organization seeks to, ultimately, end all teen on teen torment.

Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Entries will be selected and the book will be edited by our special guest editors: Emily Densten, Sam Lasko, Tana McCormick, and Michael Youngkin, under the guidance of Dr. Bill Wolff, assistant professor of Writing Arts at Rowan University. They are part of the first group of editors in Composing with Images Press’ new Student Books Series.

Composing with Images Press is a small not-for-profit, all volunteer, independent book publisher founded by Bill Wolff and Billie Hara. CWiP publishes photo and art books that bring together image and text to engage creative, social, and cultural issues within a particular theme. 100% of all proceeds are donated to charity. Our first books were immediate best sellers and raised almost $1000 for BP oil spill cleanup efforts.

Multi-Genre Book Theme: The Teenage Experience

CWiP is seeking entries in a variety of genres that represent and capture the essence of the theme, The Teenage Experience.  These might include, but are not limited to, entries that represent common problems facing teenagers, what it feels like to be a teenager in your contemporary society, or the joys that come with being a teenager today. Subjects that might be considered in writing or images, for example, are bullying, friendship, athletics, drama, school-life, concerns about the future, and so on. These are of course just suggestions for representing The Teenage Experience. We encourage entries that express your imagination!

This call is open to amateur and professional writers and artists worldwide over the age of 13 working in any artistic or written medium. We are specifically interested in work created by teenagers.

Note: Though the book is concentrated on the theme of The Teenage Experience, we are specifically not seeking images of underage drinking and or illegal drug use.

Submission Specifics

  • Limit of 3 entries per artist and writer
  • We accept the following document formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, and .gif.
  • Images (photograph or other) should be 72ppi and 800px at its longest side. [Note:  If your image is accepted, we will request a larger image.]
  • Prose should be no longer than 15 pages, double spaced. Submit poems in single space.
  • You entries must be submitted online at Submit your photos today!
  • Photographers will be asked to include with each entry submitted a 150 – 200 word discussion about the importance of the entry in terms of the book theme: The Teenage Experience.
  • Please name files in this manner: lastname-firstname.jpg. If submitting more than one entry, please name them: lastname-firstname-1.jpg, lastname-firstname-2.jpg, lastname-firstname-3.jpg, etc.
  • We are employing a blind review process, therefore all identifying information will be removed from entries before being judged by editors.
  • There is an entry fee of $20. This fee is waived the creator of the entry is a K-12 student and/or 18 years or younger. 100% of entry fees will be donated to the GLSEN.
  • All entry fee donations will be submitted via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to submit; credit cards are accepted.
  • Submission deadline: Monday, October 17, 2011, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

If you have any questions, please contact us contact us via our Contact Page.

What are you waiting for? Submit your entries today!

The first writer or artist to submit 3 entries will receive a complementary copy of Photos for the Gulf: First Anniversary Edition. That gift will benefit the Gulf Restoration Network.

We’re looking forward to your submissions!

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