Writing Contest

2nd Art-Inspired Story Writing Contest

A short story inspired by a work of art in the Crow Woods art books. New this year, the writing can be a short story, or a script for a play. Please choose the featured artwork of a living artist (see artists in Chicago Art Scene, Art Scene: Chicago 2000, and Living Artists), so his/her permission can be obtained in event of your piece being published. An entrant may use a featured artist's recent work not published in the 3 art books, provided that prior approval is obtained from both the artist and the contest.

Entrants will be considered for the publication of Visions of Life 2.


Submission Guidelines

May 31, 2019

Result Announcement
July 15, 2019

Vu Tran is a criticism columnist for the Virginia Quarterly Review, and an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. His first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year.

The decisions of the judge are entirely his/her own. Submissions will be categorized into figurative, landscape/urban landscape/still life, and all others. The best writer of each of the 3 categories will receive $20, essentially being granted a free entry.

Winning short stories will receive a short paragraph from the judge.

Signing Up

No book entry
Reading Fee: $20
Reading Fee: $10.00
Entry with Visions of Life
Reading Fee Plus: $28
Reading Fee Plus: $14.00

If you already have one of the Crow Woods art books, or you have access to the books in the library, or you are using one of the sample artwork on this site, the reading fee is $20. Payment is handled through Paypal or by mail. There are no tax and U.S. shipping charges.

Mailing address: Crow Woods Publishing, PO Box 7049, Evanston, IL 60204

A $28 reading fee includes a copy of Visions of Life. The Crow Woods art books are available on the Where to Buy page or on Amazon.

*Special Student Discount - 50%

Once you sign up, you will be assigned an entry number.

File Submission
Submissions are limited to 3,500 words. Send your files by email to crowwoods1@aim.com. Uploaded files should be less than 500 kb.

The art-inspired short story or play script should include a scene with the featured work of one of the artists from one of the three Crow Woods art books: The Chicago Art Scene, Art Scene, Chicago 2000, and Living Artists. How the artwork is incorporated into the story is up to the writer's discretion. The art-inspired story submitted must be original and previously unpublished.

Selected featured artists' work can be viewed on this website under
Sample Works
of The Chicago Art Scene
Sample Works of Art Scene, Chicago 2000
Sample Works and Sample Works in 3D of Living Artists.

All manuscripts must be in English, typed and double-spaced, and show numbered pages. The entry number, word count, name of artist. and the title of the selected artwork must be listed at the top of the first page. The author's name, address, phone number, email should be listed separately in the email submission.

Please submit one story only. Paper submissions are not accepted at this time. All entries are final. No revision is accepted.

We will read and consider simultaneous submissions to other publishers, as long as the author notifies us immediately by email, if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, at which point the submission is considered withdrawn and the reading fee forfeited.

All rights in the story are retained by the author unless an agreement is made with Crow Woods.

1. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all contest rules.
2. Plagarism, which includes the use of third party poetry, lyrics, characters, without written permission, will result in disqualification.

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