CWIP TumblogUpdates, musing, and images from the photoblog before the June 2011 overhaul

Apr

18

Announcing the Publication of Moments to Cherish: A Book about Motherhood!

Composing with Images Press is very excited to announce the publication of the second book in our Student Books Series:

Moments to Cherish: A Book about Motherhood

Edited by Katie Bosch, Alicia Schwartz, Maria Sebastiano, & Danielle White, Writing Arts majors at Rowan University, Moments to Cherish: A Book about Motherhood is available for purchase by going through our Blurb affiliate link:

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=579323&b=329561&m=31260&afftrack=&urllink=j%2Emp%2Fcwip%2Dmoments

Preview Moments to Cherish (which has the whole book for a limited time):

By going through our Blurb affiliate link, an additional 15% will go to March of Dimes! It makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Buy yours today!

From the students’ Introduction:

The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization that works together for stronger, healthier babies across the country and Puerto Rico. They also support mothers-to-be to have full term babies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. The March of Dimes is there to offer guidance for the mother before, during and after birth of her baby. They promote research that aims to prevent birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality.

This organization brings awareness to mothers during their journey through motherhood. They hold multiple events throughout the year sponsoring the promotion of healthy babies. Some of these events include World Prematurity Day, Bikers for Babies and 5K for Healthy Babies.

The goal for our book is to appreciate the journey of motherhood. We reveal the journey through images and text contributed by a variety of sources. We have come together to create a book to benefit the non-profit organization, March of Dimes. It was our honor to have the privilege to support this life changing charity.We hope our book about Motherhood touches your heart and helps raise awareness for the cause to have stronger and healthier babies.

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Mar

23

Announcing the Publication of Voices for Wild Faces!

Composing with Images Press is very excited to announce the publication of the first book in our Student Books Series:

Voices for Wild Faces

Edited by Kayla Ewing, Krista Hendrickson, Jamie Mahoney, and Adam Toscani, Writing Arts majors at Rowan University, Voices for Wild Faces is available for purchase by going through our Blurb affiliate link:

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=579323&b=329561&m=31260&afftrack=&urllink=j%2Emp%2Fcwip%2Dvoices

Preview Voices for Wild Faces (which has the full book for a limited time):

100% of all proceeds from the book ($5.00/book and all submission fees) will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society. By going through our Blurb affiliate link, an additional 15% will go to Voices for Wild Faces! It makes the perfect Earth Day gift. Buy yours today!

From the students’ Introduction:

Why do we, humans, tend to think that our exploits are far more important than that of lesser creatures—animals? This book aims, subtly, to reveal the faces of those ignored—the faces of animals other than us in an effort to show that we are animals among animals—animals just as amazing and interesting as ourselves, perhaps even more so (if you can believe it). If you think you can (believe it, that is), flip the page and gaze into the pensive eyes of an owl, witness the calm demeanor of the gorilla, identify the lynx’s fierce disposition. Chuckle at the quirky expression of the giraffe, laugh over a lounging lion and think about this: When was the last time that a human interested you this much?

We all as humans have voices. We all use these voices to take us through life and to protect us. We are not always conscious of the voiceless, of the animals: those who cannot so easily stand up for themselves. Voices for Wild Faces aims to make you, the reader, conscious of the voiceless. By buying this book you are, in a sense, acknowledging their voice. You will read passages and blurbs from the late William Template-Hornaday with his writings on The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals, A Book of Personal Observations, as well as other notable authors. You may realize why these animals need a home such as you or I do. You may realize that the rights we reserve for ourselves should likewise be reserved for our animal brethren. You may realize that your voice can be as empowering for these animals as it is for you.

With the purchase of Voices for Wild Faces, you will have donated a voice to the Wildlife Conservation Society ($5.00 per book is donated to the organization). The Wildlife Conservation Society helps to protect animals, their habitats, landscapes, seascapes, and their right to be heard—to be important, to be acknowledged. By buying this book, you are lending your voice to the collective shout of this charity. The animals must be heard; we must protect them and, unfortunately, protect them against ourselves.

Although we cannot give representation to every animal in every habitat in every corner of the world, we hope that this book will get you thinking. Enjoy the pictures that you see. Enjoy the animals. Think about what it is to be “sane and sensible.” How can you “be just?” By what means can you “promote the greatest good for the greatest number?” Wonder about the animals. Wonder what it must be like to be them. Wonder what it would be like if you didn’t have a voice.

 

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Dec

12

Play! is a Blurb Books Best Seller!

One week after being published, Play! A Collection Of Sixty-Three Toy Camera Photographs Made By Thirty-Six Photographers In Twelve Countries, is a Blurb Books Best Seller!

100% of the proceeds from Play go to Toys for Tots. And if you buy through this affiliate link, an additional 15% will be donated to Toys for Tots to benefit children in areas ravaged by tornadoes in the US in 2011.

See the below preview, learn why everyone is buying a copy, and then get yours today! Convenient holiday shipping ends soon!

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Nov

25

Announcing the Publication of Play: A Collection of Toy Camera Photographs!

Composing with Images Press is very excited to announce the publication of

Play! A Collection of Sixty-three Toy Camera Photographs Made by Thirty-six Photographers in Twelve Countries

Edited by Associate Professor, Jody Shipka, with Nic Nichols of toycameras.com, Play! is available for purchase by going through our Blurb affiliate link:

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=579323&b=329561&m=31260&afftrack=&urllink=j%2Emp%2Fcwip%2Dbstore

Preview Play! (which has the full book for a limited time):

100% of all proceeds from the book ($5.00/book and all submission fees) will be donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to benefit children in areas ravaged by tornadoes in the US in 2011. In 2011, there were 552 tornado-related deaths in the United States—tied with 1936 for second as the most deadly in US history (the highest being 794 in 1925). By going through our Blurb affiliate link, an additional 15% (or a total of $11.44) will go to Toys for Tots!

To give you an idea of the kind of devastation these tornadoes wrought, here is a before and after photo of the same street corner in Joplin, MO, taken May 22:

Play! makes the perfect holiday gift for the toy camera photographer you know and love. Here is a link to Blurb’s holiday shipping schedule so you know when to time your purchase: http://www.blurb.com/gifts. Buy soon so you can take advantage of the lowest shipping cost.

We are so proud to have these 36 photographers join those in the two Photos for the Gulf books:

Lori Bell, Nancy A. Breslin, Jenni Gick Callard, Adrienne Defendi, Szymon Drzazdzewski, Rachael DuMoulin, Renee S. Elkin, Paul Elter, R.J. FOX, Lucia Fischer, Chris Hanke, Judith Hoffman, Ed Holmes, Randy Jennings, Neha Luhar-Trice, Sue Jenkins, Mauricio J. Jiménez, Helen Kaelin, Gerda Lelieveld, Suzi Livingstone, Jose Manuel Madrona, Erin Malone, Mary E. Mayer, C. Gary Moyer, Robert Arden Peinert, Herschel Pollard, Simon Ponder, Ana Filipa Quintão, Deon Reynolds, Valery Rizzo, Javier Romero, Donita Simpson, Daryl Tebbutt, Stephen Vella, Jan Watten, Yuno

So, take a look at the preview and buy your book today. In doing so you’re going to help children who really do need it.

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Oct

02

Call for Entries: Empowering Children

Call for Entries:
Artists, Photographers, and Writers on Empowering Children

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, I have a VoiceAll proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to The Children’s Defense Fund, an organization that aids children living in poverty and protects them from neglect and abuse.

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

Entries will be selected and the book will be edited by our special guest editors: Kimberly Erskine, Erin O’Malley, Angelena Pellegrino, Eddie Williams, 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: I have a Voice

CWiP is seeking entries in a variety of genres 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.

Note: Although our book will benefit children who are fighting against poverty, neglect, and abuse, we will not be accepting submissions dealing with these themes. We want submissions based on positive feelings that will give these children a sense of hope.

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 http://j.mp/cwip-stubooks. 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: I have a Voice.
  • 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 Children’s Defense Fund.
  • 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!

Good Vibes

A special thanks to the following people and sites for posting, Tweeting, or adding to Facebook this call. Take a moment  to check them out:

To be added as the links come in!

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Oct

02

Call for Entries: Artists and Writers on Motherhood

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

Composing with Images Press (CWiP) seeks images (photographs, drawings, or paintings), poetry, prose, and personal experiences (stories, letters, or journal entries) that will explore and/or represent the stages of MotherhoodAll proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to the March of Dimes to benefit expecting mothers, their babies and their families.

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

Entries will be selected and the book will be edited by our special guest editors: Katie Bosch, Alicia Schwartz, Maria Sebastiano, and Danielle White, 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: Motherhood

CWiP is seeking entries in a variety of genres that represent and explore the essence of the theme, 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.

Note: Though the book is asking for photographs of pregnancy, we are specifically not looking for or seeking images of nudity. Again we are seeking photographs and literature that are relevant to Motherhood.

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 http://j.mp/cwip-stubooks. 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: Motherhood.
  • 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 March of Dimes.
  • 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!

Good Vibes

A special thanks to the following people and sites for posting, Tweeting, or adding to Facebook this call. Take a moment  to check them out:

To be added as the links come in!

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Oct

02

Call for Entries: On the Wild

Call for Entries:
Artists, Photographers, and Writers on the Wild

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, with a focus on the natural world, the theme of WildAll proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society in order for them to continue providing a voice to voiceless animals around the globe.

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

Entries will be selected and the book will be edited by our special guest editors: Jamie Mahoney, Krista Hendrickson, Adam Toscani, and Kayla Ewing, 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: Wild

CWiP is seeking entries in a variety of genres 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, such as 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.

Note: Though the book is concentrated on the theme of wild, we are specifically not seeking content that revolves around partying or inappropriate conduct. Again, we are looking for multiple genre entries that capture the essence of living things in their different environments.

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 http://j.mp/cwip-stubooks. 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: Wild.
  • 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 Wildlife Conservation Society.
  • 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!

Good Vibes

A special thanks to the following people and sites for posting, Tweeting, or adding to Facebook this call. Take a moment  to check them out:

To be added as the links come in!

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Oct

02

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.

DEADLINE:
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 http://j.mp/cwip-stubooks. 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!

Good Vibes

A special thanks to the following people and sites for posting, Tweeting, or adding to Facebook this call. Take a moment  to check them out:

To be added as the links come in!

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Oct

02

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.

DEADLINE:
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 http://j.mp/cwip-stubooks. 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!

Good Vibes

A special thanks to the following people and sites for posting, Tweeting, or adding to Facebook this call. Take a moment  to check them out:

To be added as the links come in!

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Oct

02

Call for Artists, Photogs, & Writers: 5 Books, 5 Charities, 5 Ways to Help!

Call for Artists, Photographers, & Writers:
5 Books, 5 Charities, 5 Ways to Help!

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 5 different themes to create 5 different multi-genre books to benefit 5 charities. The charities and themes are:

  • Children’s Defense Fund (theme: I have a Voice)
  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (theme: The Teenage Experience)
  • March of Dimes (theme: Motherhood)
  • Operation Homefront (theme: Heroes)
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (theme: Wild)

The books created in response to this call will compose the first 5 books in our Student Books Series. In the Student Books Series students at colleges and universities under the guidance of their instructors and in collaboration with CWiP, will conceive of, design, and edit books to benefit a charity of their choosing. As with all CWiP books, 100% of the proceeds from book sales and submission fees will be donated to the students’ charity. The charities and themes for the first 5 books were selected by Writing Arts majors in Bill Wolff’s Writing, Research, and Technology course at Rowan University.

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

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.

You will find a summary of each call below. Follow the links to the full call and submission specifics. If you have any questions, please contact us contact us via our Contact Page.

We look forward to your submissions!

Call for Entries: 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.

Call for Entries: 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.

Call for Entries: Motherhood
(to benefit the March of Dimes)

CWiP is seeking entries in a variety of genres that represent and explore the essence of the theme, 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.

Call for Entries: Heroes
(to benefit Operation Homefront)

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.

Call for Entries: Wild
(to benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society)

CWiP is seeking entries in a variety of genres that represent and explore 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.

CWiP thanks you for supporting these charities and the students who are doing the important work of creating the books! We look forward to your submissions!

Have a great day!

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Sep
29

Announcing the Creation of the Student Books Series

Composing with Images Press is excited to announce the creation of the Student Books Series. In this series, students at colleges and universities under the guidance of their instructors and in collaboration with CWiP, will conceive of, design, and edit books to benefit a charity of their choosing. As with all CWiP books, 100% of the proceeds from book sales and submission fees will be donated to the students’ charity.

The first five books in the Student Books Series will be edited by students who are Writing Arts majors at Rowan University, a mid-sized state school in southern New Jersey. As majors in one of the only stand-alone Writing Arts departments in the country, Rowan students are ideal inaugural editors: not only are they dedicated to writing, they are also able to learn about the book publishing industry (something they will need to know about in the future) while dedicating their time to helping those in need. The required upper-level course for which they are completing the project, Writing, Research, and Technology, is taught by Dr. Bill Wolff, one of the founders and editors of Composing with Images. With a successful initial venture, Dr. Wolff hopes that other faculty members throughout the country will consider partnering with CWiP in the future.

There will be 5 inaugural books in the Student Books Series, each dedicated to a specific charity. They are (in alphabetical order):

The students are in the process of composing their individual Call for Entries, which will be announced on the CWiP web site or before Monday, October 3. (Update 10/2/11: See the calls for entry.) Like all CWiP books to date, the students’ books will have a theme that is directly related to the goals of their chosen charity. Books will be sold via Blurb.com’s Blurb for Good online store. In the future, we are hoping to have students also release electronic versions of their books.

If you have any questions about the Student Books Series or think you’d be interested in having your class design books for it, please contact us via the Contact page.

 

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Jul
20

on the idea and representation of play

We’re very excited to be getting submissions from around the world for our Toy Camera Photographers for Tots photo book call for entries, where proceeds will go to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to benefit children affected by areas in the United States ravaged by tornadoes in 2011. The theme of the book is Play. In the call, on the idea and representation of Play, we write:

CWiP is seeking images that explore, complicate, and represent in compelling ways the concept of Play.  These might include, but are certainly not limited to, photographs that deal with imaginary play, word play, adult play, children’s play, animal play, games, or the various kinds of materials and/or spaces associated with play. Similarly, photographs might represent play from the perspective of a child’s imagination, or from a toy’s perspective, or they might take up questions about what it means to play or explore the matter of who is allowed (or disallowed) to play. These are, of course, just suggestions for representing play. However you interpret the theme Play through your viewfinder is what we are looking for!

We’ve also included a variety of images that showcase Play in a variety of settings. Our guest editors have also gotten in to the fun: Jody Shipka has been posting play-related images to her Flickr account and Nic Nichols has created a Carnival themed post at toycamera.com. Take a look at them both!

It seems, however, that many photographers are looking through their work and thinking that they just don’t have any images that showcase play. For example, one photographer tweeted: “going through my toy camera photos for this: http://bit.ly/mGvUfl i do not think i have any.” I went and took a look at his web site and one of the first images I saw was a fun underwater photo of two women swimming taken with a Lomo Fisheye. That image? Play.

When we write Play we are thinking expansively—and we hope that photographers will do the same. Yes, play encompasses things like carnivals and sports and amusement parks and children playing. But, it can also encompass much more.

The images themselves can be playful, such as this photo by David Harris:

Or this one by Flickr photographer, Stephen:

They can be ironical, playing with a particular trope or theme or idea. They can hint at play that happened, a playful space, or play that will come, such as “Beach Chairs” by 32rh:

Or, “Santa Cruz” by Javier Romero:

Or, the photographer can be playing with the processes of creating an image. For example, scratching or burning film, adding vaseline on a lens of a toy camera, flipping a toy camera lens, using window scans of holga negatives, and so on. Here, play is defined as toying with or altering what is traditionally done, and you can discuss what you’ve done to play with the processes in the submission fields and reflection. Techniques themselves can also be considered play if we look at play as experimentation:  x-pro, double-exposure, throwing the camera up in the air while hitting the shutter, literally shooting from the hip, etc. A few examples:

Flipped lens, “Sonria por favor / Smile please,” by Blurry Stuff

Burnt negative, “Diana: Burnt Negative” by Matt Callow:

Vaseline on the lens, “Uusi ihme..’ by karumbalimba:

Double exposure, “In Defiance of Nature,” by No. Nein:

Photography is almost always a form of play insofar as photographers are looking to experiment, try something new, take something apart, see what else it can do. You can and should discuss your playful techniques in the notes about the shot and in your 150 – 200 word reflections.

Or, a photo could depict a playful look even during the most troubling of times, such as in “Orphan Girl Smiles” by Mauricio Jimenez. An argument could even be made that “The Pigeons” also by Mauricio Jimenez is an example of play.

The requested 150 – 200 word reflections are important because they provide you with the space to describe just how that photo fits within the Play theme of the book. Take advantage of it. You might even be playful.

Ultimately, we encourage you to think expansively and creatively about your work and how it is and can be a representation of play. I saw many of the above images in 5 minutes the other night while looking through the toycamera.com Flickr group. And there were dozens more that were also playful and therefore worthy of submission.

So, if you think you don’t have any images of play, look again. I bet you do.

Now go ahead and submit them and support The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation!

 

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