Calls for Entry

Current Calls for Entry

I have a Voice to benefit the Children’s Defense Fund

CWiP is seeking a variety of genre entries that represent and capture the essence of the theme, I have a Voice, and empowers and inspires children to view life in a positive way and to follow their dreams. Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, individuality, role models, dreams/goals, success, family/friends, play/activities, safety/health, environment/community, and love and perspective. If you are a parent or teacher, ask your child or students to write about or create artwork that responds to to this theme in ways that only a child can present. We encourage entries that express your and children’s imaginations!

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

Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2011, at 11:59pm, Eastern Time.

The Teenage Experience to benefit the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network

CWiP is seeking a variety of genre entries 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.

Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2011, at 11:59pm, Eastern Time.

Motherhood to benefit the March of Dimes

CWiP is seeking images and literature that represents and explores all areas of Motherhood. These might include, but are not limited to, photographs of pregnancy, photographs of children and families, photographs of motherhood, drawings or poems in the area of motherhood, tips on motherhood, letters on motherhood from the perspective of children, and personal stories on the stages of motherhood before, during, and after pregnancy, and as motherhood evolves throughout the life of the child. We are also interested in work that depicts motherhood from the perspective of children, partners, and/or spouses. These are of course just suggestions for representing Motherhood. 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.

Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2011, at 11:59pm, Eastern Time.

Heroes to benefit Operation Homefront

CWiP is seeking entries in a variety of genres entries 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.

Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2011, at 11:59pm, Eastern Time.

Wild to benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society

CWiP is seeking a variety of genre entries that represent and capture the essence of the theme Wild.  These might include, but are not limited to, entries that showcase animals in their natural habitat, survival in the wild, personal experiences in the wild, or simply, a depiction of what you believe Wild  represents. We are not, however, limiting our desire for entries to focus solely on animals, but human experiences in their natural habitats: you could consider the place where you live, i.e. the city as a wild place. These are of course just suggestions for representing Wild. One might also consider what ‘Wild” means from the standpoint of the animal, the place, the person in the place, etc. Dress up as an animal – we encourage entries that express your imagination!

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

Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2011, at 11:59pm, Eastern Time.

We’re Seeking Photobloggers!

Before we were Composing with Images Press we were Composing with Images, a side-by-side photo blog with weekly photos composed and reflected upon by Bill and Billie in response to a weekly theme. Almost two years later (our first posts, Beginnings (of the day) and Sprinkler, Sod Farm, appeared on July 12, 2009) we are ready to expand the scope of the photo blog to include new perspectives, voices, and ideas.

Specifically, we are looking for photographers who are interested in taking up a new challenge by exploring ideas and topics they haven’t considered before. Perhaps you are looking for a way to bring your photography in a new direction; weekly themes can help expand the scope of your repertoire, get you out of shooting the same old thing ever week. Perhaps you’re interested in photographing similar subjects with different cameras and films and have been looking for an excuse to get started. Or, perhaps, you’re just interested in joining a growing community of photographers who are engaging in meaningful conversations about the relationships between images and written text through their weekly photos and reflections.

Photo bloggers can choose to blog weekly according to weekly themes or by exploring a single subject from diverse perspectives. All photographers will also compose a short but meaningful reflection that contextualizes the image within the theme or subject matter.

If you are interested in joining our photo blogging community, please contact us using our contact form. In your discussion, please include the following:

  • a brief discussion about why you are interested in joining our community, including what you hope to get out of it creatively and artistically
  • a brief discussion of your photography background and where you hope to see your work go in the future
  • whether you would prefer to blog according to weekly themes or by exploring a single subject from diverse perspectives (and what that single subject might be)
  • a link to your photography portfolio (if linking to Flickr, point us to a specific set[s] you’d like us to look at)
  • when you might be able to get started

If you have any questions, please email us at the link above. We look forward to you joining us!

Ongoing Calls for Entry

Have a great idea for a new book to raise money for a specific charity that you’d like us to publish? Send Bill and Billie a detailed proposal via our Contact page and we’ll get back to you right away! Looking forward to your ideas!

Past Calls for Entry

Toy Camera Photographers for Tots Tornado Relief Photo Book. Theme: Play.

How Does Your Toy Camera Define Play?Composing with Images Press (CWiP) seeks photographs taken with toy cameras for a forthcoming photo book that explores, complicates, and represents in compelling ways the concept of Play All proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to benefit children in the areas ravaged by tornadoes in 2011.

Photos will be selected and the book will be edited by our Special Guest Editors: Jody Shipka of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Nic Nichols of Four Corner Store and toycamera.com.

Announced: July 1, 2011
Deadline: August 1, 2011

See the full call for entries for the Toy Camera Photographers for Tots Tornado Relief Photo Book and submit your photos!

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Benefit Photo Book. Theme: The Gulf of Your Past and Present

Announced: 20 June 2010
Resulting Books: Photos for the Gulf (2010), Photos for the Book: First Anniversary Edition (2011)
Benefiting Organization: Gulf Restoration Network

The worst environmental disaster in United States history continues to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico, destroying ecosystems and centuries-old ways of life. We have all seen the photos of oil gushing out of the well, caked on the shore-lines, and smothering helpless animals. Indeed, it is the photographs of the disaster that have made the utter catastrophe a reality to many people around the world.

Composing with Images Press seeks photographs of the Gulf Coast and life on the Gulf Coast as you have composed them through your lens and through your words. Your image can depict the Gulf Coast of your past or your present. The Gulf Coast stretches from the eastern shores of Texas to the western shores of Florida and we welcome images that represent the range of spaces, communities, and spaces in that vast region.

See the full call for entries for Photos for the Gulf.

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