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.
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.
for your interest in participating in this project! Our goal is to publish and
celebrate the talents of Vernonia’s storytellers, poets, photographers, and
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
through these Submission Details. If you have any questions or need assistance,
please contact Diana Peach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our
goal is to encourage submissions, and we’re happy to help get you there.
Deadline (firm): October 1, 2019.
Date: December 1, 2019, just on time for Christmas!
Open to All
submissions must be family-friendly.
submissions must be ORIGINAL works by the author/photographer/artist.
may make multiple submissions.
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.
will retain all rights to their work to use however they wish, without
submitting, you are giving permission for Vernonia’s Voice to publish your work
in Voices of the Mill Pond (2019, Vol. 1).
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!
decisions as to what is included will be made by an editorial board consisting
of Hands on Art and community members.
be removed from all submissions by D. Peach prior to presentation to the board.
the book is not guaranteed, though our goal is to include as many submissions as
possible. Some factors include:
number of submissions
appropriateness of the work
for Vernonia-related themes
for a good mix of ages
for a good blend of the types of submissions (stories, poems, other writings, photos,
to these guidelines
All authors/photographers/artists will be notified when final decisions are made.
short stories, flash fiction (very short stories), poems, reflections, musings,
mood pieces, historical pieces.
word-count. Maximum word-count: 1500
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.
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!
editorial board reserves the right to make spelling, typo, and grammatical
corrections. No other changes will be made without the author’s approval.
copy the written work into the body of an email and send to email@example.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.
and Photographs of Artwork
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.
actual people must include written permission to publish by the person or a
parent/guardian if the person in under 18.
black and white images are acceptable.
size (for planning images) will be 7”w x 10”h.
images will be scaled to fit within printing margins.
be 330 dpi minimum to meet publishing standards.