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From Maine Insights article:

The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is pleased to announce a writing contest. It’s our first writing project in conjunction with an exhibit at Gallery Fukurou of 20 Main Street, Rockland, Maine.

3 Samples of photos to write about

There are scores of writers in Maine who have not been afforded an opportunity to be published, yet some of their works are gems. One writer said they don’t have avenues to exhibit as artists do—so they can’t show people their work as readily. The Solon Center is helping to bridge that divide. By publishing their short stories inspired by art photographs new avenues will organically grow for them, as more people read their work.

In August we will host an exhibit of new work from two fine art photographers, Yohaku Yorozuya and Ramona du Houx. The images will depict Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions. The combination will marry visual arts with the written word, and help Maine’s creative economy flourish.

The challenge for writers will be to choose one photograph and write a story based on the image. The stories and photographs will be published in book that will be sold during the exhibit, on amazon, in the gallery, and worldwide through Ingram.

Bringing the artistic community together with wordsmiths offers exciting unforeseen collaborations. The Solon Center for Research and Publishing will be there to foster new projects that arise from this pilot initiative.

This is a unique new platform for writers and artists in Maine. We hope the images will inspire writers. The photographs to choose from are posted on our website at: .

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The opening night of the exhibit will also be a book signing night celebration with authors.

Every writer published will receive a free book and promotion of their story on our multiple media platforms.

“Be creative. Let the image speak to you. Let it draw you in. If it stirs a memory, great. If it creates and idea, fantastic. Everything will be read,” said Solon Center for Research and Publishing’s Executive Director, Paul Cornell.


  • All writers must reside in Maine.
  • You may submit more than one story.
  • Maximum word count of 800 words.
  • Attach your word document, with your name and contact information, or copy and paste your story, in e-mail to
  • Electronic submission only.
  • No poetry.
  • Deadline for submissions is May 27, 2019.
  • The exhibit will be in August.
  • All the short stories must be rooted in the photograph the writer selects.

The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Maine Public Benefit Corporation that helps build community in Maine and beyond through educational, literary, scientific and artistic means, with publications, research, exhibits, events and other initiatives.

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