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Hiya, I’m back. Post #2

So, 4 out of 5 of us are graduating this May, sad, but not really, and we need people to work for WI next year! Also, our non-graduating homie most likely will be studying abroad, so you know what that means, we need a whole new crew!

Now, that sounds scary right? Well, if it makes you feel better, none of us have worked for Words and Images before, and look at us! Publishing photos of pink frosted donuts, posting wildly inappropriate blog pages, etc. It’s a real good time/learning experience, and while it might be scary to walk into something new with no one holding yr hand, that’s life. Maybe I should be more uplifting?

For real though, Words and Images is a great opportunity to create something that is truly meaningful, exciting, and enlightening. Publishing the 2013 issue has been an incredible experience for all of us, and learning as we go may not be ideal, but it has certainly been fun, and totally worth it. 

So, if you are interested in working with Words and Images in any capacity…we need art, poetry, fiction editors, including the head honcho, the mother ship, the “PUBLISHING DIRECTOR” position (which has some nice perks but I aint tellin’ you because I want the real deal).

So most of you know who we are, and if not, all the better. But, stop us at school and chat us up and we can go into more detail about what we need next year. Or, send me an email:

Thank you everyone who submitted this year!!!

Stay Warm (seriously, it’s like 5 degrees out)

Words and Images

Exciting news! AHHH!!

So, us ladies here at Words and Images have been feeling quite giddy and whimsical lately, mostly due to too much coffee, graduation, and well….this lovely journal! Over winter break and into the first week of the semester, we officially (as official as WI can get) selected our 2013 works in poetry, fiction, and art!

Over the next two months, we will be working with our lovely MECA design student, Annie Mora, to get this gentle beast into action. OOOh, possible journal title, “Gentle Beast: a words and images publication”..? 

Anyway, I have two more things I gotta say but I think they deserve their own post! BRB


Welcome Back!

Hi folks,

Shh..calm down, we are not announcing any winners yet (sorry). But don’t you worry, if you submitted by our Dec. 21st deadline, rest assured, we are considering your work and we will have a winner soon! Not only will we have a winner for the (W)holeness contest, we are also finalizing the submissions that we would like to print this year. Please be patience with us as we scramble to put together the best journal of all time!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us! 

Submissions Closed

All submissions for the general journal and the contests are closed. Come back mid-Jan. to hear the winners and updates on the journal! Thank you to all who submitted!

Happy New Year!

Contest Deadline Extended!

Words and Images would like to announce a deadline extension for all contests!

The Andre Dubus Award, the Betsy Sholl Award, and the (W)holeness award are all accepting submissions until December 21st 2012!

Send us your brilliance!


More contests!

We have two more contests to announce!

The Andre Dubus Award and the Betsy Sholl Award are now open for submissions! Please view the pages for each contest (linked at the top of the blog) for all the guidelines.

Note: These contests are open to everyone, not just USM students. There is an entry fee for each piece submitted. The deadline is December 3rd, 2012.



We have our first contest for USM students.

The theme for the contest is “Wholeness/Holeness”. Such as this:


which exhibits (W)holeness.

Or even beyond better:

Frank O’ Hara


Light      clarity       avocado salad in the morning
after all the terrible things I do how amazing it is
to find forgiveness and love, not even forgiveness
since what is done is done and forgiveness isn’t love
and love is love nothing can ever go wrong
though things can get irritating boring and dispensable
(in the imagination) but not really for love
though a block away you feel distant the mere presence
changes everything like a chemical dropped on a paper
and all thoughts disappear in a strange quiet excitement
I am sure of nothing but this, intensified by breathing


Submit up to five poems or a short fiction piece of 5,000 words or less. The submissions will be judged by a panel of peers and the winner will receive 500 dollars and an opportunity to read at the Words and Images Journal 2013 release party.

Again, this contest is for USM students only. There is no submission fee. Contest deadline is December 21st 2012.

Submit by email to:

For poetry:

For prose:

*****Submissions will only be considered for the contest if they include “Wholeness/Holeness” in the Subject line*****

Thank you! and good luck.

2013 Holla!

The 2013 submission guidelines are posted! Send away!




My name is Catie Hannigan and I will be the new Publishing Director for Words and Images 2012-2013. I have assembled a outrageously fabulous crew, and we are all stoked to publish a lovely magazine filled with lovely art and prose from lovely people.

There are a few brief announcements to be made, mostly announcing future announcements:

1) Submissions for the 2012-2013 magazine will be open on September 4th 2012, the first day of the Fall semester. In the next few days, we will post a page detailing what we are looking for, however, there are no real guidelines but awesome art and prose.

2) We will announce the contests and deadlines the first week of the fall semester, so please keep an eye out!

3) I can be contacted at :

However, my email is NOT the address to send your submissions, we will post this information in the next few days.

and I will be posting the contacts of the remaining W&I crew soon!


Best wishes,

Catie Hannigan

Want to work for us next year?

Words & Images is looking for a whole lot of staff next year. Many of the student workers here are graduating, making more room for other interested USM students.

If you’d like to learn more about what it means to be part of the W&I team, send us an e-mail, comment, or talk to current Publishing Director, Caroline O’Connor Thomas, and Assistant Director, Michael Frier. They’ll tell you everything you need to know!

Please note that positions are only open to undergraduates currently enrolled at the University of Southern Maine.