February 22, 2013

Bob Keyes: Every picture will tell a story

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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“Clammer” by Leslie Anderson is among the 28 paintings she hopes will inspire “Summer Stories.”

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“Last Night at the Lake” by Leslie Anderson is among the 28 paintings that she hopes will inspire “Summer Stories.”

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Ron Currie Jr., a Waterville-born writer, will judge the contest. Having Currie on board gives this contest enormous credibility -- he has won the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, and The New York Times called him a "startlingly talented writer" in its praise for his novel "Everything Matters!"

Truth be told, there is little financial compensation in winning this competition. Winning submissions will receive a $50 honorarium, which will come in the form of a gift certificate. Shanti Arts will publish winning entries in an anthology alongside Anderson's paintings.

The deadline for submission is March 1, so it's time to get going.

Bodwell has high hopes for the contest. This being the first year, he's also realistic. But he reminded me that the short story is a time-honored tradition in American literature, attracting the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Ray Bradbury, Stephen Crane and Edgar Allan Poe. Titans, all.

The short story remains a healthy and vibrant art form, he said. "I am annoyed by all these constant conversations about, is the short story dead? It's not."

This contest will prove his point.

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This story was updated at 12:28 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013 to correct the contest's word limit, which is 5000 words, not 500 words as previously reported.


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“Morton’s Moo,” from the series of paintings offered by Sedgwick and Portland artist Leslie Anderson for “Summer Stories.”

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“Stonington Street” by Leslie Anderson is among the 28 paintings that she hopes will inspire “Summer Stories.”


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