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WRITER'S EYE COMPETITION - September 26 - November 18, 2005 Images Rules Entry Form

The Writer’s Eye is an annual prose and poetry competition designed and organized by the Docents at the University of Virginia Art Museum to stimulate the relationship between the visual and literary arts. Open to all ages starting with third graders, writers submit original, unpublished stories or poems inspired by one piece of artwork on view at the UVa Art Museum. Selected works have been chosen and are viewable online along with an application. Writers must  base their experience upon observing the work at the Museum, however, as studying art in its original form is a unique experience and will yield more competitive submissions.

The contest begins on Monday, September 26, and all entries are due at the Art Museum by Friday, November 18, 5 pm. Tours will be given through Tuesday, November 15, and two Writer’s Eye Open Houses will be held by the Docents on Tuesday, October 11, and Saturday, October 29, from 2-4PM to host questions and to activate the creative writing process.

Entries are judged in four categories: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 and University/Adult. Judges for grades 3-8 are local writers and teachers. This year’s guest judges for grades 9-12 and University/Adult are Sydney Blair in prose and Stephen Marguiles in poetry. Ms. Blair teaches fiction in the UVa Creative Writing Program, and Mr. Marguiles is a published poet, curator, and performance artist.

AN AWARDS RECEPTION will be held on Sunday, February 26, at 3PM at Campbell Hall in the Architecture School. The judges will speak and the 1st place winners in each category will read their works. The Museum publishes an Anthology of all the winning works available for purchase at the event. Call the Education Department at the UVa Art Museum at 434.243.2050