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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

Fast, Powerful, and Punk: A Literary Event

The act of writing should be one of solitary performance – and when the author ventures out into the world for a reading, the result should be a piece of theater.

Come join Words and Images, the University of Southern Maine’s literary journal, for a FREE evening of readings and music, to celebrate the 2008 issue of Words and Images – and, hell, just to celebrate writing in general.

This is writing stripped of all pretension. This is writing that, first and foremost, wants to engage its audience.

The readers include:

MELISSA CROWE, a poet new to Portland, whose work has appeared in Calyx, Seneca Review, The Atlanta Review, and Crab Orchard Review;

DAN DOMENCH, author of the audiobook “Hold Me Fast,” regular fiction contributor to “Portland Monthly,” and a writer with a long history of performance;

STEVE GIBBON, a USM student, who recently attended the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference and is the winner of the 2008 Words and Images Award for Excellence in Expression;

MARK MELNICOVE, a poet and artist known for his performance poetry around Maine – especially his collaborations with the late Bern Porter;

ZACHARY MOSHER, a recent graduate from USM who published his first poems in Words and Images.

The evening’s musical guests include:

AKUDAMA, an indie-rock band from Brooklyn that has had the rare distinction of opening for Arcade Fire (and is every bit as good);

COUGARS KILL COBRAS, a quickly-up-and-coming post-punk band from Portland, Maine, that sounds like all those awesome “alternative” bands you used to listen to in the eighties, instead of Duran Duran and A-Ha.

And, as mentioned above, this event is free and open to the public. What the hell else could you want?

Come and be a part of the performance of writing!


This event is part of a week of public readings sponsored by Words and Images, to take place on or around the USM Portland campus. Keep an eye out for readings earlier in the week by Maine’s Poet Laureate BETSY SHOLL, McSweeney’s author JESSICA ANTHONY, executive director of the Telling Room and poet GIBSON FAY-LEBLANC, Iowa Short Fiction Prize-winner DIANNE BENEDICT, poet/fiction writer/teacher extraordinaire BRENDA EDMANDS, and plenty more!

At this event, we will be accepting donations, which will be split between Words and Images and another group TBA.


Past contributors to Words and Images include: John Brandon, Kevin Brockmeier, Dan Domench, Megan Grumbling, Richard Hoffman, Michael Kimball, Richard Lethem, John Manderino, Wesley McNair, Mark Melnicove, Bruce Pratt, Bill Rasmovicz, Kenneth Rosen, Colin Sargent, Betsy Sholl, Laima Sruoginis, Martin Steingesser, and Shelton Waldrep.

In 2008, we had the pleasure of being able to interview Matt Berninger, from the rock band The National; bestselling author and National Book Award-finalist Jennifer Egan; 3-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Todd Field; and Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo.

Namedropping? Hell yeah!

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