The 2014 Dos Cosas Award

Hello Friends,

We have decided, after much rumination in regards to a contest-theme, to bring back the Dos Cosas award for 2014. In case you are not familiar with this contest from previous years, “Dos Cosas” is Spanish for “Two Things.” You might find yourself asking “Just what is that supposed to mean exactly?” Upon its founding in 2008, the Dos Cosas award was meant to be the tether connecting words to images. To quote the 08/09 staff: “we’re looking for poems and fiction that take their influence from, say, film, or painting, or popular music, or [insert your own],” but this does not at all mean that you must write something inspired by the visual (or audible) because here at W&I, we understand that creative minds don’t like to be confined to strict parameters. “Dos Cosas” is a universal idea in writing– whether the “two things” are written word and the visual world coming together, the vacillation between two sentiments, the discourse between two characters, or holeness/wholeness– all that truly matters is a written work that has two (or more) dimensions. Easy, right? Lets get down to brass tacks then:

This contest is for USM STUDENTS ONLY. Send us up to five poems, or prose not exceeding 5,000 words. The winner, who will be  judged by the entire Words & Images staff, will receive 500 dollars and a chance to read their work at the 2014 release party in May. There is no contest fee. Send your work to one of the appropriate emails with “DOS COSAS” in the subject line:
or mail hardcopies to:
University of Southern Maine
Words and Images
PO Box 9300, 143 Woodbury
Portland, ME, 04104
(make sure hardcopies are clearly marked DOS COSAS somewhere).

We are eager to start reading, so please do not pass up this opportunity and send us your work.

Spring Is Like A Perhaps Hand
Spring is like a perhaps hand 
(which comes carefully 
out of Nowhere)arranging 
a window,into which people look(while 
people stare
arranging and changing placing 
carefully there a strange 
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps 
Hand in a window 
(carefully to 
and fro moving New and 
Old things,while 
people stare carefully 
moving a perhaps 
fraction of flower here placing 
an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.
E.E Cummings

One response to “The 2014 Dos Cosas Award

  1. As one of the people who created this award, I’m glad to see its return.

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