What: Call to Artists – The Nature of Isolation from Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University

Who: Writers and artists are invited to submit work about the theme of isolation in five categories: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Photography, Visual Art

When: Submissions due Monday, May 18

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We are collectively experiencing isolation at a scale that was unimaginable weeks ago. Billions of people have been asked to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the rapidly spreading coronavirus. As we shelter in place, not only are we are cut off from the people we love, we are also cut off from the natural places we love. Beaches, forests, and parks are closed. Warning signs are posted at trailheads, and caution tape is wrapped around playgrounds.

Yet we need to connect with nature now more than ever as a respite from the headlines, as a place to breathe deeply and process grief, and as inspiration as we imagine post-pandemic society, among many other things.

Spring Creek Project is launching a call for submissions, The Nature of Isolation, that invites writers and artists to explore their home ecosystems and reflect on the nature of isolation during the pandemic: What are you learning from the shelter of your place? What do house plants know about quarantine? What does your garden offer about mortality? What are you learning about renewal from the wilderness of sunlight and rain out your window? How is this microscopic virus changing the biome of your body and mind?

Submission Guidelines 

We welcome writers and artists of all experience levels to submit work to The Nature of Isolation in five categories by Monday, May 18.

  • Poetry (up to 3 poems)
  • Creative nonfiction (1 piece, 1,000 word limit)
  • Fiction (1 piece, 1,000 word limit)
  • Photography (up to 3 photos)
  • Visual art (up to 3 pieces)

You are welcome to submit a piece in more than one category (e.g., you may submit a non-fiction piece and photography). If you submit in more than one category, please use separate forms for each submission.

Please include a short (2-4 sentence) third-person bio with your submission.

A panel of judges will select submissions for inclusion in an online reading and exhibit.

FMI: https://springcreekproject.submittable.com/submit/164436/the-nature-of-isolation