Call for Entries: On Heroes

Call for Entries:
Artists, Photographers, and Writers on Heroes

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, HeroesAll proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to Operation Homefront to help them continue their important work benefiting the military families as well as the men and women who have served for our country.

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

Entries will be selected and the book will be edited by our special guest editors: Haley Cossaboon, Christine Olesinski, Brittany Reddington, and Lauren Tomlinson, 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. Play!, a book to benefit The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, will be released in November, 2011.

Multi-Genre Book Theme: Heroes

CWiP is seeking entries in a variety of genres that represent and capture the essence of the theme, Heroes. These might include, but are not limited to, photographs, drawings, and paintings portraying who your hero is or what a hero is to you, as well as poems, stories, or even lyrics about a heroic experience, someone you consider to be your hero, and/or what it means to be a hero. The work you submit might also attempt to capture through image and words metaphorical ideas of what it means to be heroic. Although the book will be specifically benefiting families of military personal, the pictures may include, but are limited to, a person in uniform.  These are of course just suggestions for representing the idea of Heroes. We encourage entries that express your imagination!

This call is open to amateur and professional writers and artists worldwide of any age working in any artistic or written medium.

Note: We are specifically not looking for images or literature that are violent or have a negative connotation, though we recognize that heroes often emerge from violent experiences. The key is that the hero and not the violence should be the primary subject. We are also not looking for work depicting or representing comic or cartoon superheroes, such as Superman, Batman, and so on.

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!
  • You 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: Heroes.
  • 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 Operation Homefront.
  • 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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