Monthly Archives: September 2011

Contest Announcement!

Words & Images would like to announce a contest open exclusively to USM students, The Dos Cosas Award.

“Dos Cosas” is Spanish for “two things.” Why two things, you ask? And why in Spanish – considering we’re in Maine and none of our staff speak Spanish?: “Maybe all literature is just two things banging together. Characters banging against settings; dialogue banging against secondary action; similies banging against alliteration; memory banging against the present moment.  …All writing should hold a contradiction. Of course, those aforementioned pairs aren’t really contradictions. But man oh man, a contradiction surely must consist of two things.”
-Benjamin Rybeck, Publishing Director 2009

And Spanish sounds more fun. Though “Deux Choses” has a certain allure as well…

So here it is: Submit up to five poems or a short fiction piece of less than 5,000 words by December 1st. The winner, selected by a panel of peer judges will receive $500 dollars for their outstanding work and an opportunity to read their piece at the Words & Images 2012 journal release party.

There is no contest entry fee, but we must reiterate – this contest is only for USM students. Send your submissions to the appropriate e-mail addresses and make sure to indicate your piece is for the Dos Cosas Award.

wordsandimagespoetry @ gmail.com
wordsandimagesprose @ gmail.com

Recommended Reading

Labor Day is great! It’s like an extra Sunday for continual indulgence in extra sleep, pleasure reading and brunch. Unless of course, you are a food service worker, retail slave, shop girl/boy, taxi driver or, you just hate free time for some reason.

Here’s what we had fun reading this Labor Day:
Welcome to the Library! A fun little piece from everyone’s favorite McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. (P.S. – Show your library some love.)

Outremer, by Fanny Howe. It’s a fabulous and solid piece of prose. What else would you expect from Poetry Magazine?