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

Composing with Images Press, the press that I co-founded with Billie Hara, has released it’s latest call for entries. Take a look and consider submitting. If you have any questions, please let me know!

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.

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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