SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST:
REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 5, 2016
All interested writers are invited to submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words with some reference to plein air painting included in the story. The reference to painting is meant to coincide with the annual Key West celebration of the life and work of Tennessee Williams, which in 2016 is focused on the paintings he did during his years living in Key West. A completed registration form, a registration fee of $20 for adults and $10 for students and the completed short story must be postmarked no later than March 5 and sent to the address provided on the form. Professor Susanne Woods will coordinate the writing contest and join two other respected judges of fiction in choosing the winners. The first place winner will be awarded $200 and the second place winner $100. The winners will be honored and asked to read two pages of their choice from their short story at the March 26, 2016 reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Center, 513 Truman Avenue. With a sufficient number of outstanding submissions, there is the possibility of publication in an on-line journal.
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POETRY CONTEST: REGISTRATION & SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 17, 2016
Poets are invited to submit a 30 line or less poem about Tennessee Williams as a painter. His original paintings will be available for viewing at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. and giclees at the Tennessee Williams Center, 513 Truman Ave. A completed registration form (click here), a registration fee of $20 for adults and $10 for students and the completed poem must be postmarked no later than March 17 and sent to the address provided on the form. Nancy Boylan from the Key West Poetry Guild will coordinate the Poetry Contest and join three local respected poets in serving as judges. The first place winner will be awarded $200 and the second place winner $100. The winners will be honored and asked to read their poems at the March 26 reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Center, 513 Truman Avenue.
PLEIN AIR PAINTING CONTEST, MARCH 19;
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 17, 2016
On Saturday, March 19, artists are invited to do a painting of the Waterfront Playhouse, located at 310 Wall St. in Mallory Square. The painting subject was chosen because of the outstanding support given through the years to the Waterfront Playhouse by Tennessee Williams. Following the Williams' pattern of completing a painting in a few hours, the artists will begin painting at 9 a.m. and complete their work by noon. A 12" x 16" hard canvas or paper will be provided upon arrival at the site and collected at noon. Any medium will be accepted and artists must supply their on materials. Pre-registration and payment of a $20 fee for adults and $10 for students must be postmarked and mailed by March 17 to the address given on the registration form. (click here) Dr. Cori Convertito, Curator at the KWAHS at the Custom House, will coordinate the Artists' Challenge and will join three other qualified arts community leaders in serving as judges. Artists are asked to choose one of two categories in which to participate: professional artist or recreational artist. The first place winner in each category will be awarded $200, and second place winner $100. One of the first-place winning paintings from the professional or recreational categories will be chosen by the judges to be used as the front cover of the Waterfront Playhouse playbill for the 2016-2017 season. Winners will be honored at the March 26 reception. All the paintings will be on exhibit and for sale if approved by artists from March 20 through 31 at Tennessee Williams Center, 513 Truman Avenue.
BIRTHDAY RECEPTION AND AWARD PRESENTATIONS
March 26, 2016 -- 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A reception honoring the 105th birthday of Tennessee Williams and his life will be held at the Tennessee Williams Center, 513 Truman Avenue (off Duval St.) on Saturday, March 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. An exhibit of the paintings done during the Artists' Challenge will be on display and the two winners in the professional and recreational categories will be announced. The writers of the two winning poems and the two short stories from the poetry and writing contests will be announced and they will read their poems and short stories. There will be a birthday cake, wine and other light refreshments. A suggested donation of $10 will be appreciated.