Writing Contest

1st Art-Inspired Story Writing Contest
A short story inspired by a work of art in the Crow Woods art books

First prize: Ann Kammerer Entry #9, "Dress Up," written in conjunction with Eric Semelroth's painting "Cross Dressing Draft Resister Who Chanted Hare Krishna for 7 Years”

Second prize: Joanne Freeman Entry #11, “Family Portrait,” written in conjunction with Mary Barnes Gingrich’s painting “Girl with a Violin”

Third prize: Douglas Macdonald Entry #8 "Sharing Daniel," written in conjunction with Gay Griffin Riseborough's painting "Heiress"  


Submission Guidelines

Results Announced - June 30, 2013

First prize - $500
Second prize - $300
Third prize - $200

Tony Ardizzone, originally from the North Side of Chicago, is the author of eight books of fiction, including the novel The Whale Chaser (2010) and the recently completed interconnected collection, The Calling of Saint Matthew: Stories of Rome. He is a winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and a Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University.

The decisions of the judge are entirely his own, and are final. Winners will be notified by email.

All entries will get feedback. Winning short stories will receive a short paragraph from the judge and will be published.

Signing Up

No book entry
Reading Fee: $25
Reading Fee: $12.50
Entry with The Chicago Art Scene ($27.95 value)
Reading Fee: $35
Reading Fee: $17.50
Entry with
Living Artists
($28.50 value)
Reading Fee: $35
Reading Fee: $17.50

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 $25. Payment is handled through Paypal or by mail. There are no tax and shipping charges.

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

A $35 reading fee includes a copy of one of the Crow Woods art books: The Chicago Art Scene, or Living Artists.

*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 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 3D images 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 paper submissions will be recycled unless an SASE with full postage is provided. 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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