Dark Side

Night Photography in Virginia

Dark Side – Writing Contest

The Library of Virginia is holding a creative writing contest inspired by the photographic exhibition Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia, open June 10- October 5, 2013. We want to challenge our visitors, both physical and virtual, to imagine stories around these images. Who are the people in the image and what were their lives like? Your writing can be more interpretative than literal. For instance, does viewing the photograph elicit a particular emotion? Tell us about it! If you are local, come explore the exhibit in person and take a few minutes to write in the gallery or the Discovery Cafe.

Writing competition rules

  1. Only one entry per person, per photograph. You may enter more than once as long as each unique entry is inspired by a different image.
  2. All work must be original and unaided.
  3. The word count limit per entry is 1,000 words.
  4. Entries must be written in English, prose and poetry accepted.
  5. Open to Virginia and non-Virginia residents. We will gladly ship the prizes to the winners.
  6. Entries must be submitted online by midnight on August 9, 2013.
  7. Please make sure your contact details are entered correctly on the online comments – this is to make sure we can contact you if your entry is chosen as a winner.
  8. We reserve the right to use entries for publication or promotional purposes.
  9. Individuals will be notified by email in the event of a winning entry.
  10. Be creative!

To enter, simply fill out your name and email, then paste your entry into the comments box. Your entry will be approved (to prevent spam) and post within 48 hours.

Prizes

prizes

First Prize:

  • Your choice of LVA owned print from the Dark Side exhibit (up to 40″x50″)
  • Publication in the Broadside, the magazine of the Library of Virginia
  • 642 Things to Write About and Grammar Snobs books
  • Library Collection Candle, medium, choice of scent
  • Over-the-shoulder bag made of recycled materials, choice of pattern
  • Decomposition Journal, choice of pattern
  • Mug, choose between First Lines of Literature and Banned Books models

Second Prize:

  • Your choice of LVA owned print from the Dark Side exhibit (up to 20″x30″)
  • Publication in the Broadside, the magazine of the Library of Virginia
  • Magnetic Poetry, choice of set
  • Library Collection Candle, small, choice of scent
  • Over-the-shoulder bag made of recycled materials, choice of pattern
  • Decomposition Journal, choice of pattern
  • Mug, choose between First Lines of Literature and Banned Books models

Third Place:

  • Your choice of LVA owned print from the Dark Side exhibit (up to 11″x14″)
  • Publication in the Broadside, the magazine of the Library of Virginia
  • Over-the-shoulder bag made of recycled materials, choice of pattern
  • Decomposition Journal, choice of pattern
  • Mug, choose between First Lines of Literature and Banned Books models

Judging

In collaboration with local writers groups, the LVA will form an independent panel of highly qualified individuals to serve as competition judges. The decision of the judging panel is final.

Winning entries, in whole or in part, will be included in the next issue of Broadside.

Photographs of the winners together with their names and ages may be used in publicity.

Winners will be announced on our website and in social media.