On Saturday, March 16, artists are invited to participate in a plein air painting contest that celebrates the legacy of Key West's Tennessee Williams. This year, the subject is the Key West Library, 700 Fleming Street. The painting subject was chosen because Williams assisted in raising funds to build the auditorium and held reading in that space.
Slightly different from previous years, artists will collect their canvas/watercolor paper at the Key West Library beginning at 9 a.m. and must return their artwork by 4 p.m. The canvas or paper will be provided upon arrival to the library. Any medium will be accepted and artists must supply their own painting materials and easels.
Pre-registration and payment of a $20 fee must be completed by March 15. It is possible to register on the day at the Key West Library, but that needs to be done in person. Artists must determine whether they would prefer to register as a 'Professional' or 'Recreational' artist. Four qualified arts community leaders will serve as judges, and will judge blindly in each category.
The first place winner in each category will be awarded $200, and second place winner $100. Winners will be announced and honored at the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration on March 27 at the Tennessee Williams Museum. Artists retain ownership of their work, and will be able to offer them for sale at the March 27 Reception.
As an additional bonus, the Key West Library has offered to exhibit the artwork in their reading room before returning the artwork to the artists.
Poets are invited to submit a 30 line or less poem about Tennessee Williams and include reference to this years Birthday Celebration theme "The Library".
Submission is limited to one poem per person. Three published poets will serve as judges for the event. They will be given copies of the poems without names of the contestants. The first place winner will be awarded $200 and the second place winner $100. The winners will be honored and asked to read their poems at the March 27 Birthday Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, 513 Truman Avenue.
Last year’s winning poems were published in an on-line journal.
SPECIAL NOTE: Members of the Key West Poetry Guild will celebrate the poetry of Tennessee Williams with readings from his work on March 13 at 6 p.m. at the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming St.
All interested writers are invited to submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words about Tennessee Williams and include reference to this years Birthday Celebration theme “The Library”.
Submission is limited to one short story per person. Three published authors will judge the contest. The judges will receive blind copies of the short stories. The first place winner will be awarded $200 and the second place winner $100. The winners will be honored and asked to read two pages of their choice from their short story at the March 27, 2019, Birthday Reception from 5:30-7:00p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, 513 Truman Avenue. With a sufficient number of outstanding submissions, there is the possibility of publication in an on-line journal.
SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2019