Voices from the Mill Pond Update

Cover Contest Winner: Kari Anne Budge
Cover Contest Winner Kari Anne Budge

Contents have been finalized!

After much deliberation, decisions have been made and notifications sent to all poets, storytellers, photographers, and artists whose work has been chosen for our Vernonia book, Voices from the Mill Pond.

Vernonia’s Voice and Hands on Art would like to express our deep-felt gratitude, once again, for the hundreds of submissions, and though we couldn’t include them all, we were able to fill the pages with the beautiful work from a broad range of Vernonia residents, past and present.

We are about to be officially published! In short order, Voices from the Mill Pond will be available via Amazon to readers around the world.

Cover Contest Winner and Finalists

We are also delighted to announce the Finalists and Winner of the Cover Contest.

Beginning in February, photographers heeded our call. Over a hundred fabulous images poured in, and when the submission period ended, it was time to choose a cover.

Important elements were the pond, of course, but also composition. Orientation and size mattered. Would the title and subtitle be clear against the image’s colors? Was the visual activity in the photo subdued enough to complement the text? And was it an absolutely gorgeous photo in its own right?

Cover mockups of the top three photos were produced and a winner selected.

We’re delighted to present the cover of Voices from the Mill Pond. Kari Anne Budge sent in the exquisite photo above that met every measure. It was the perfect choice for the book.

We would also like to acknowledge two photographers whose submissions came in a close second. Thank you to Cassandra Armstrong and Debby White for these stunning images.

Let’s Celebrate

Our 190-page paperback book of photos, writings, and artwork from Vernonia residents will be available on Amazon as well as locally. Books available locally will be sold at a discount, starting on December 5th. Right on time for the holidays.

There is a celebration scheduled at the Vernonia Library on Thursday, December 5th, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

This event is open to the entire community. Stop by to meet the authors, photographers, and artists, to celebrate the completion of this creative project, and to pick up a copy or two of Voices from the Mill Pond.

Voices from the Mill Pond: Submission Guidelines

Voices from the Mill Pond – Submission Details

Thank you for your interest in participating in this project! Our goal is to publish and celebrate the talents of Vernonia’s storytellers, poets, photographers, and artists.

A full-color paperback book will be published through Amazon by Vernonia’s Voice. The book will also be available locally.  The project is sponsored by Vernonia’s Voice and Vernonia’s Hands on Art organization.

Please read through these Submission Details. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Diana Peach at dwallacepeach@gmail.com. Our goal is to encourage submissions, and we’re happy to help get you there.

General Information:

Submission Deadline (firm): October 1, 2019.

Publication Date: December 1, 2019, just on time for Christmas!

Open to All Ages!

All submissions must be family-friendly.

All submissions must be ORIGINAL works by the author/photographer/artist.

Authors/photographers/artists may make multiple submissions.

There will be no payments made to authors/photographers/artists for inclusion of their work. The project is entirely for the fun of sharing the community’s talents. Any royalties for the sale of books will be used to cover administrative fees, taxes, advertising, and promotion.

Authors/photographers/artists will retain all rights to their work to use however they wish, without limitations.

By submitting, you are giving permission for Vernonia’s Voice to publish your work in Voices of the Mill Pond (2019, Vol. 1).

Submissions should be made via email to dwallacepeach@gmail.com. Please include:

  • Your name (as you wish it to appear in the book)
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Age (if under 18)

Under Age 18?
Parents will be contacted in order to give permission for their young person’s work to be published.

Keep a copy of your work!


The decisions as to what is included will be made by an editorial board consisting of Hands on Art and community members.

Names will be removed from all submissions by D. Peach prior to presentation to the board.

Inclusion in the book is not guaranteed, though our goal is to include as many submissions as possible. Some factors include:

  • the number of submissions
  • the appropriateness of the work
  • preference for Vernonia-related themes
  • preference for a good mix of ages
  • preference for a good blend of the types of submissions (stories, poems, other writings, photos, and artwork).
  • adherence to these guidelines

All authors/photographers/artists will be notified when final decisions are made.

Written Submissions

Open to short stories, flash fiction (very short stories), poems, reflections, musings, mood pieces, historical pieces.

No minimum word-count.  Maximum word-count: 1500 words.

Please include a title for your written piece. Untitled written works will be titled “Untitled.”

We are happy to collaborate with Vernonia’s schools and home schoolers. Contact Diana Peach.

Vernonia-related themes are preferred but not mandatory. And this can be interpreted broadly! Mill pond, nature, horses, animals, logging, bicycling, community, fishing, hiking, school, family, growing up, growing old, play, love, alien invasion of Bridge Street, the logging truck that saved Christmas! Imaginations welcome!

The editorial board reserves the right to make spelling, typo, and grammatical corrections. No other changes will be made without the author’s approval.

To submit: copy the written work into the body of an email and send to dwallacepeach@gmail.com. This will enable the copying of the material into a formatting program quickly and without error. Please contact Diana Peach if other arrangements are needed.

Photographs and Photographs of Artwork

Vernonia-related themes are preferred. And this can be interpreted broadly! Nature, horses, animals, logging, bicycling, community, fishing, hiking, school, family, growing up, growing old, play, love.

“Mill Pond” images are particularly welcome.

Optional: You may include a title and/or caption to accompany your photograph.

Images of actual people must include written permission to publish by the person or a parent/guardian if the person in under 18.

Color or black and white images are acceptable.

Final book size (for planning images) will be 7”w x 10”h.

Accepted horizontal images will be scaled to fit within printing margins.

Images must be 330 dpi minimum to meet publishing standards.

To submit: send images (and captions) as an email attachment to dwallacepeach@gmail.com.

Cover contest!

One of the submitted “Mill Pond” images (photography or artwork) will be selected for the cover.

The cover photographer/artist will be credited inside the book.

Final book size (for planning images) will be 7”w x 10”h.

Images must be 330 dpi minimum to meet publishing standards.

To submit: send images as an email attachment to dwallacepeach@gmail.com.

Post Publication

An author and community celebratory book release event.

Physical books will be available for purchase in Vernonia as well as through Amazon.

Post publication survey of participants so that we can improve for next year.