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RAR editors are looking for glorious immersion in artwork that spans a spectrum from tightly-organized, deftly managed and expertly controlled to a mad unleashing of color, image, symbol and idea.  We are offering two $100 prizes for the winner at one or the other end of the spectrum.  Because we understand that the work of a librarian and the work of a lunatic can be one and the same, it is possible that the winner of this contest will receive BOTH $100 prizes.  In addition, to the two first prizes, we will be offering a $25 prize to four runners-up and will select a shortlist of 10 works of art that will be recognized on the home page of our website and included in the 2019 Fall or Winter RAR online and printed journal.  

A selection of from 10 to 25 images of the Winning Artists's body of work, will be shown in a RAR Website "Featured Artist Gallery" and will be included upfront in the Fall or Winter 2019 online and printed journal.

Artists whose work is selected as a Runner-up will have their winning selections included in the RAR 2019 Fall or Winter Journal and are eligible to be selected for a featured artist's page in our online gallery.

NOTE:  WE ARE USING THE WORD "PAINTING" ABOVE VERY LOOSELY.  PHOTOGRAPHERS, SCULPTORS, MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS AND ANY OTHER ARTIST WORKING IN WHATEVER MEDIUM ARE WELCOME TO SUBMIT.

  1. Two (2) Winners will receive a $100 prize and will have his/her artwork featured upfront and at multiple locations in the RAR journal.  Winners will also be presented as a "Featured Artist" on the RAR website home page and will be given his/her own Featured Artist Gallery on the RAR Website that will include up to 25 images from the artist's body of work.   
  2. Four(4) Runner-up Winners will receive a $25 prize and will have multiple examples of his/her work featured in the Fall or Winter 2019 issue of The Raw Art Review:  A Journal of Storm and Urge.  Runners-up are also eligible for a featured artists page.
  3. Shortlisted contributors will be published in The Raw Art Review Fall or Winter 2019 Issue.
  4. We are looking for original artwork in any medium that traverses and lands anywhere on the spectrum of the work of a librarian and/or the work of a lunatic.
  5. Please send up to 5 images of any artwork in any medium using any style.  
  6. The better the photo the better the post.  We recommend you send images that you are happy with yourself.
  7. Anything from photo-realistic to abstract art is our target.  Photos of paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery, mixed-media, etc. are all welcome.  Photos and short films are welcome.  For performance artists, video and/or sound is welcome.  If it is art to you, we want to see it.
  8. Simultaneous submission is fine.  
  9. Previously published, shown or sold works are fine, as long as you own re-publication rights.  
  10. Current Deadline is August 31, 2019.  Deadline may be extended depending on volume of submissions.
  11. Contest winner will be announced in September 2019.

 

                                        THE AWAKENING

                                         I found the bee as it fumbled around the ground

                                         Its leg mangled, its wing torn,  its sting

                                            gone

                                         I picked it up, marveled at its insistence

                                            to continue on, despite the dumb brute

                                            thing that occurred

                                         I considered, remembered the fatal struggle

                                            the agony on the face of wounded friends

                                            and the same dumb drive to continue

                                         I became angry at the unfair conflict suffered

                                            by will and organism

                                         I became just, I became unreasoned, I became

                                            extravagant

                                         I observed the bee, there, lying in my palm

                                         I looked and I commanded in a harsh and angry shout --

                                            STOP THAT!

                                         Then it ceased to struggle and somehow suddenly

                                            became marvelously whole, and it arose

                                            and it flew away

                                         I stared, I was appalled, I was overwhelmed

                                            with responsibility, and I knew not where to begin.

 © 2015 Ruth Wantling. Reprinted from In the Enemy Camp, published by Tangerine Press' 


From John D Robinson:

William Wantling: 1933 – 1974 was an ex-Marine and an ex-convict. He was addicted to drugs and alcohol. He also was in possession of a unique literary/poetic genius: even now, 45 years later, his work resounds with an often disturbing and lyrical beauty. Life’s events are mirrored in his poems. He takes you into a world that is terrifying but also is full of moments of tenderness. The poems convey a deep sense of compassion and humanity and openness. They offer a glimpse into the poet’s vulnerabilities as a flawed human being and a unique poetic voice.


As Judge of the William Wantling Prize for Poetry, John D. Robinson will be looking for poems that exhibit the lyrical beauty and tenderness, honesty and openness often found in Wantling's poetry. 


GUIDELINES (NOT RULES):
 

  1. The winning poem will receive a $200 award.
  2. 5 additional poems will receive $25 honorable mention awards.
  3. First Prize winners will be presented on the RAR home page as a Featured Writer.
  4. There are no rules of form and content.  The sole criteria for selecting a winner is the power of the emotional/psychological/spiritual impact on editors reading the poem.
  5. There are no particular trade-craft requirements. Single or double space, left-center-right justification, long lines/short lines, standard use of punctuation or not, etc.
  6. TYPOS - we understand it is difficult to catch all typos. NOTE: we will presume a typo is volitional, so for the purpose of maintaining your intent for the poem it is in your best interest to review carefully, get help from other readers, etc.
  7. Review of poems is blind. Please do not put your name or any other identifying information on your pages.
  8. No BIO needed at this time. You can use the cover letter space provided on the submission form to discuss your poem or skip the cover letter entirely. What you write as a cover letter will have no bearing on selection for the prize but may help us to understand and change our focus on your submission.
  9. Editors are prohibited from rejecting a poem on first read. All poems get at least 2 reads before a decision is made.
  10. Editors assume you are smarter than we are. We will strive to understand your intention ; stay open-minded and avoid imposing our presumptions on your work.
  11. We will never use irresponsible and self-aggrandizing language to describe your work like "purple writing" or "center justification is a gimmick".
  12. We will accept poems on a revolving basis during the submission period as blog posts on The Raw Art Review's front page and for inclusion in The Raw Art Review's next journal volume. This first acceptance will include the writer's work on the short-list for the contest winner.
  13. We value the slush pile. (Not a derogatory term among our editors).   With your permission, a poem that is declined may be returned to the slush pile for future consideration.
  14. 3 poems per entry. Multiple entry submissions are fine but fee applies to each additional submission.
  15. Simultaneous submission is fine.
  16. Previously published poems are eligible provided the submitter owns the rights to republish.  We are happy to recognize the original publisher upon your request.
  17. Submission Deadline is June 30, 2019.
  18. You must use Submittable for submissions


 GUIDELINES (NOT RULES):
 

  1. RAR is looking for short stories, poems and artwork (all media) that use content and form to express powerful emotions, aesthetics, ideas and/or revelations.  We do not discriminate against any particular genre.
  2. The Spring 2019 Issue will appear In Print and as an Online Publication. Artwork and Writing also may be posted to the RAR's home page as a Featured Work of Art.
  3. Submissions may also result in the artist/writer being selected as a Featured Artist in a dedicated gallery or library accessible from the RAR home page.
  4. There are no rules of form and content.  The sole criteria for acceptance is the power of the emotional/psychological/spiritual impact on editors reading the poem.  A piece of writing or artwork can be tightly wrought and beautifully organized or wild and improvisational.
  5. There are no particular trade-craft requirements.  Single or double space, left-center-right justification, long lines/short lines, standard use of punctuation or use of line breaks to set the poem's rhythm, etc.
  6. TYPOS - we understand it is difficult to catch all typos and other "errors".  NOTE: we will presume a typo or error is volitional, so for the purpose of maintaining your intent for the writing or artwork it is in your best interest to review carefully, get help from others, etc.
  7. Review of writing and artwork is blind. Please do not put your name or any other identifying information on your pages.
  8. BIO  is not required at this time.   You can include a BIO if you want or you can use the cover letter space provided on the submission form to tell us about your artwork.  Feel free to skip the cover letter entirely by putting something like "No BIO" in the field. 
  9. Editors are prohibited from rejecting writing or artwork on first review.  All writing and artwork gets at least 2 reviews before a decision is made.  
  10. Editors assume you are smarter than we are.  We will strive to understand your intention ; stay open-minded and try to avoid imposing our presumptions on your work.
  11. We will never use irresponsible and self-aggrandizing slurs to describe your work like "purple writing" or "that technique is a gimmick".
  12. We may use writing and artwork that has been accepted on a revolving basis during the submission period as blog posts on The Raw Art Review's home page.
  13. There is a $3 Fee for submission.  We are also offering a $5 expedite fee.  Expedited work is reviewed and accepted or declined within a week 
  14. We value the slush pile.  (Not a derogatory term among our editors).  Writing or Artwork that is declined is returned, with your permission to the slush pile for future consideration.  We will of course seek your permission before anything in the slush pile is published.
  15. 3 poems, 1 short story, 5 photos of artwork per entry.  You may enter as many times as you like but the $3.00 fee applies to each entry.
  16. Simultaneous submission is fine.  Please withdraw on Submittable if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
  17. Previously published writing or artwork is fine as long as you own republication rights.  We are happy to recognize the original publisher upon your request.
  18. Deadline for submission is May 31, 2019.
  19. You must use Submittable for submissions.  Submittable accounts are free to submitters and the tool is great for organizing and tracking submissions.  If this presents a hardship, please email us at editor@therawartreview.com.
  20. We recognize that the fee may be a deterrent for some submitters who are challenged by financial hardship.  We consider a limited number of requests for financial aid in covering the fee.  Please send an email to editor@therawartreview.com to make a request for financial aid.  PLEASE NOTE:  RAR has its own financial challenges, so please do not request financial aid unless it is absolutely necessary.  Thank you.

 

 
 

  1. One (1) Winner will receive a $100 prize and will have his/her artwork featured on the cover of the Spring 2019 issue of The Raw Art Review:  A Journal of Storm and Urge.  Additional examples of the winner's artwork will be featured at multiple locations in the journal.  Winner will also be presented as a "Featured Artist" on the RAR website home page and will be given his/her own Featured Artist Page on the RAR Website that will include up to 20 images of his/her work.   Winner will be added to the list of candidates for publication of a manuscript length representation of his/her work - an Artist Lookbook or Catalog.
  2. Two (2) Runner-up Winners will receive a $25 prize and will have multiple examples of his/her work featured in the Spring 2019 issue of The Raw Art Review:  A Journal of Storm and Urge.  
  3. Shortlisted contributors will be published in The Raw Art Review Spring 2019 Issue.
  4. We are looking for original artwork in any medium that manifests the energy and power of Storm and Urge.
  5. Please send up to 5 photos of any artwork in any medium using any style.  
  6. The better the photo the better the post.  We recommend you send images that you are happy with yourself.
  7. Anything from photo-realistic to abstract art is welcome.  Photos of paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery, mixed-media, etc. are all welcome.  Photos and short films are welcome.  For performance artists, video and/or sound is welcome.  If it is art to you, we want to see it.
  8. Storm and urge can, of course, be an external or internal phenomenon.  Artwork that addresses Storm and Urge wherever and however it is expressed is welcome.
  9. Simultaneous submission is fine.  
  10. Previously published or shown works are fine, as long as you own re-publication rights.  
  11. Current Deadline is May 31, 2019.  Deadline may be extended depending on volume of submissions.
  12. Contest winner will be announced in June 2019.


The Raw Art Review is offering a contest for the production of a manuscript of between 10 and 25 poems for publication as a book by its parent company Uncollected Press.  

  1. Winning manuscripts will be accepted for publication in Chapbook form by Uncollected Press.
  2. Three (3) manuscripts will be accepted for publication in Calendar year 2019 and all costs of production will be handled by Uncollected Press.  (Budget permitting, additional manuscripts may be selected.)
  3. Selection of winning manuscripts is "rolling".  Announcement does not wait for the end of the year or the end of the contest.  We will select winners on an ongoing basis.  If we like a manuscript as a winner, we will selected it and get started with production.
  4. A selection of works from the winning manuscripts will  be presented on a RAR dedicated "Featured Artist" web page navigable from the RAR website home page.
  5. There are no rules of form and content. The sole criteria for selecting manuscripts is the power of the emotional/psychological/spiritual impact on editors reading the poems.  NOTE:  We will attempt to adjust production to artistic elements of the poetry within limits.  Submitters should expect to adapt work to a standard book format.  (The most common trim sizes for standard trade  books include: 5" x 8", 5.5" x 8.5", and 6" x 9". )
  6. There are no particular trade-craft requirements. Single or double space, left-center-right justification, long lines/short lines, standard use of punctuation or not, etc.
  7. TYPOS - we understand it is difficult to catch all typos. NOTE: we will presume a typo is volitional, so for the purpose of maintaining your intent for the poem it is in your best interest to review carefully, get help from other readers, etc.  As part of production, intensive engagement with the poet will address whether the use of language is intentional or a typo.
  8. Acceptable formats for a manuscript of 10 to 25 poems are Word and PDF.  WORD IS PREFERRED.
  9. Uncollected Press will enter into a contracted partnership with winners that will include collaboration on production and distribution of the Chapbook.  
  10. Review of poems is blind. Please do not put your name or any other identifying information on your pages.
  11. Simultaneous submission is fine.
  12. Previously published poems are eligible provided the submitter owns the rights to re-publish.  We are happy to recognize the original publisher on the front-matter page or at other summary locations in the book.
  13. Deadline is May 31, 2019.
  14. Submissions are read and considered in the order that they are received.
  15. You must use Submittable for submissions.
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