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Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology is a collection of poems, short stories, and personal essays, along with reproductions of works displayed during ArtPrize, an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The selections in Imagine This! are the culmination of an anthology competition sponsored by the Cascade Writers’ Group, in conjunction with GLCL. The top twenty-five submissions (as judged by readers from the community at large) are published in the anthology; of these, the top three are awarded impressive cash prizes ($1000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place). For more information, visit GLCL's website here.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE 2015 ANTHOLOGY COMPETITION:

1).  Submissions must be original, unpublished poems, short stories, or personal essays. Poems may be no longer than four pages, while short stories and personal essays must not exceed 1500 words. Poems can be submitted as a series of up to four poems if the poems are related by topic, theme, or structure (and are to be judged as one complete work). Poems that are distinct in topic, theme, or structure will be judged as individual entries, and must be submitted separately. You may submit your entry beginning March 1, 2015.

2).  Authors must be 18 or older in order to submit to this competition. All entries must be written in English. You do NOT have to be from the Great Lakes region to enter this contest; it is open to national and international audiences.

3).  Submissions will be accepted online from March 1 through April 30, 2015. Entries are unable to be modified after submission. If you are unable to submit your entry online, please contact lisa.mcneilley@readwritelive.org to discuss alternate submission arrangements.

4).  The entry fee per submission is $20.00. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit, but please note that each entry requires a separate $20.00 fee. The entry fee is nonrefundable.

5).  We DO NOT accept simultaneous submissions. Entries must NOT have been previously published in print or online (this includes self-publishing, blogging, Facebook posting, or posting on any other public forum).

6).  Please DO NOT put your name or other identifying information on your contest entry and do not attach a cover letter to the file; this contest is judged in blind fashion. Your identifying information will be collected via the electronic submission program separate from your entry itself. 

7).  Names and identifying characteristics of actual people found in your work must be changed. We reserve the right to make corrections in spelling and grammar, or to make other changes necessary for publication. Verifiable sources must be provided for any factual information included in your entry. Sources should be included on a separate page as part of your submission. We cannot print works that include copyrighted materials from other sources.

8).  In submitting to this competition, you agree that if you are selected, your work will be printed in Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology 2015. You will be asked to provide an electronic version of your winning entry as an editable Word document by July 15, 2015 (if your work cannot be converted to Word from your actual entry file). You also agree to provide all rights for one year to Cascade Writers’ Group.  

9).  Entries selected for publication, and the top three award winners, will be notified by June 30, 2015. All authors who participate in the competition will be invited to a public reading of their work at Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters.

10).  Questions or concerns? Contact lisa.mcneilley@readwritelive.org.


ADDITIONAL FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS:

POEM

SHORT STORY

PERSONAL ESSAY

Formatted as desired—if you submit a series of poems, each must begin on a new page.

Size 12 Font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1” margins.

Size 12 Font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1” margins.

No more than four pages.

1500 words maximum

1500 words maximum

Do not put names on manuscripts.

Do not put names on manuscripts.

Do not put names on manuscripts.

Please put the title, type of work, and page number out of total (i.e., Page 1 of 3) in the top right corner of each page of the manuscript.

Please put the title, type of work, and page number out of total (i.e., Page 1 of 3) in the top right corner of each page of the manuscript.

Please put the title, type of work, and page number out of total (i.e., Page 1 of 3) in the top right corner of each page of the manuscript.

 

**Additional information regarding the Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology 2015 competition, as well as ordering information for printed copies of the anthology and requests for writing critiques, can be found on GLCL's website here.

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