Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002

Poetry contest announced

Celestial Arts is holding a new poetry contest which is open for anyone to enter. A grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded, with $55,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded during the coming year.

To enter, send one poem 21 lines or less to Celestial Arts, P.O. Box 1140, Talent, OR. 97540, or enter online at The deadline for entering is Monday. A winners list will be sent to all entrants. Winning poems may be posted online.

For more information, contact Michael Thomas at

KPC magazine accepting submissions

Kenai Peninsula College's literary and art magazine, "Driftwood," is soliciting memoirs, essays, stories, poetry, prose poems, novel excerpts and artwork from Alaska authors and artists for the 2003 edition.

To submit a manuscript, include a cover page with the title, author's name, address, e-mail and phone number. All pages must include the title and page numbers and must be typed, double-spaced and stapled. Prose is limited to 2,000 words. Poems are limited to two pages. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope to have the manuscript returned.

To submit artwork or photography, include a title page with the same information as a manuscript submission. Submissions need to be size appropriate for photocopying or scanning. Pencil or charcoal drawings will not be accepted.

Multiple entries are allowed. Manuscripts may be sent to Kenai Peninsula College, Barb Christian, General Editor, 34820 College Rd., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Artwork may be sent to the same address, attention Celia Anderson, art editor. For more information, call Christian at 262-0364 or e-mail her at or call Anderson at 262-0361 or e-mail her at

Last Frontier conference accepting plays

Plays are being accepted for play lab and the 10-minute play development workshop in the 11th annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference, held June 20-29 at the Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez. The conference provides a series of workshops, symposia, theatrical productions and panels at which participants have the opportunity to study with award-winning play writers, directors, producers and actors, as well as scholars and critics.

Authors of accepted plays must be registered for the conference and present at the play lab for a public reading. Readers will be provided at no charge. Play writers are expected to introduce their play and set the scene for the audience before the reading.

Full-length and 10-minute plays are being accepted. Play writers may submit only one play per category. Submissions must include a cast list with brief character descriptions, a title page with the author's name, address, phone number and e-mail address, three copies of the script and a biography (100 words for full-length plays and 50 words for 10-minute plays) and photo of the author for publication in the program booklet.

Full-length play submissions may have had staged readings or been produced at the amateur or college level, but not at a professional level. No children's plays or musicals will be accepted for full-length plays. The postmark deadline for full-length plays is Feb. 1 and for 10-minute plays is March 15. Submitted scripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope.

The conference also is accepting papers on the theme of Edward Albee's influence on play writing in the 21st century.

Interested authors should submit a copy of their paper or a substantial abstract with a title by March 15. Submissions, which are limited to one per author, are limited to a reading time of 20 minutes. Papers will not be returned and the title page must include the author's name, address, phone number and e-mail address. The author's name should only be on the title page. Authors must be registered for the theatre conference and present their paper for a public reading.

Submissions may be sent to Prince William Sound Community College, P.O. Box 97, Valdez, AK 99686 or faxed to 834-1611. For more information, call 834-1615, e-mail or visit the Web site

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