Anyone can enter. There is no cost other than the postage on your piece. (Please understand that we can’t accept Postage Due items.)
No artwork will be returned or, ahem, considered purloined. The Arts Council reserves the right to display (physically and electronically), give, donate, award, auction or otherwise sell your entered artwork to benefit the arts in the Yuba Sutter region it serves. You may retain and use scans/photos of your entry.
• One work will be deemed “Best in Poe” and the artist awarded US $100 and a certificate.
• All entries will be displayed in an online gallery viewable by anyone worldwide and will serve as artist documentation.
• Selected pieces will be displayed in public spaces in Yuba and Sutter Counties, California, USA during The Big Read.
Your mail art piece must be inspired by the life, themes or work of Edgar Allan Poe and you must tell us how/why.
The entry process is two-fold:
(1) send an email to email@example.com with “Mail Art” in the Subject Line. In the email provide your name and your city/town, state/province and country. We’ll use that email to contact you if you are the winner. Also in the email, in 50 words or less, give us the title of your work, if any, and (mandatory) what work by Poe inspired your piece and what about that story or poem spoke to you. Entries without this element will not be considered.
(2) mail us your art piece. All work must be postally mailed without an envelope; i.e. the postage has to be ON the actual piece of art. (It’s a Mail Art Competition, after all!) Not to be redundant, but: no email or fax submissions will be accepted.
Mail with postmark no later than Oct. 15, 2012 to:
Edgar Allan Poe-stal
P.O. Box 2504
Marysville, CA 95901 USA
Note: You may enter more than one piece of art. You may include description of your entries in the same entry email but each art piece must be postally mailed separately.
Minimum size is whatever your post office allows you to send.
In the U.S. that’s a minimum of 3.5 x 5 inches (8 x 12.7 cm).
Flat artwork for this competition must not exceed 8.5 x 14 inches (21 x 35 cm). Any orientation.
Dimensional work should be no larger than, OK, let’s say, your head.
Of course, mail art is rarely limited to one side, but for display/gallery purposes, we’ll consider the face on which the postage is located to be the Front of the art piece.
All artwork submitted can be created using any medium, including digital, but must be original. This means it is your own work and it is the original piece. Not a photograph, scan or photocopy, but The Actual Thing. We know…it’s tough to part with some creations, but there you have it. Gotta do it.
Each piece must clearly incorporate your full name. This is how we will be able to match it with each artist’s email to caption the items in the online gallery, and to contact the winner.
Entries must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2012, regardless of which side of the International Date Line you’re on. We’ll start displaying pieces online on the 12th, in the order received.
This contest is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
The Big Read is a an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Yuba Sutter is one of 78 U.S. communities receiving grants for this year’s Big Read. For more information about The Big Read, go to www.neabigread.org.