Call For Entries: What Does It Mean To Be A Teen?
Composing with Images Press (CWIP) seeks original poetry, short stories, personal essays, photographs, paintings, and any other types of writing or artwork that deal with what it means to be a teen, or the teenage experience. Selections will be compiled into a multi-genre book and all money raised from sales of this book will benefit the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN’s main focus is to stop unfair treatment against students based on gender identity and sexuality, but the organization seeks to, ultimately, end all teen on teen torment.
Rowan students Emily Densten, Tana McCormick, Michael Youngkin, and Sam Lasko will serve as guest editors as a part of Composing with Images Press’ new Student Book Series.
Composing with Images Press is a small not-for-profit, all volunteer, independent book publisher founded by Bill Wolff and Billie Hara. CWiP publishes photo and art books that bring together image and text to engage creative, social, and cultural issues within a particular theme. 100% of all proceeds are donated to charity. Our first books were immediate best sellers and raised almost $1000 for BP oil spill cleanup efforts. Play!, a photo book to benefit Toys for Tots will be published in November, 2011.
Theme: The Teenage Experience
We are asking that you submit writing or artwork of any genre about common problems facing teenagers, the pros and cons of being a teenager, and what it feels like to be a teen. An example of the type of writing we are looking for would be a personal essay about being picked on in school, a short story about going to the prom, or a poem about your first kiss. An example of the type of artwork we are looking for would be a photograph collection, a collage that conveys a feeling, or a painting of an everyday teenage struggle.
The call is open to anyone over the age of 13.
We are not accepting images of underage drinking and or illegal drug use.
Dear Dr. Wolff and Dr. Hara,
No one should ever feel afraid to be who he or she is. Since 1990, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has promoted tolerance, and provided resources to prevent bullying in schools. We are a group of Rowan University students who would like to help the GLSEN with their mission by creating a multi-genre book to raise money for the organization. We believe the creation and sales of the book will directly impact the lives of students who are being unfairly ridiculed.
Our book theme will be the teenage experience, or what it means to be a teenager. We will ask for submissions, both text and images, from teens and adults about what they think it means to be a teenager, or their personal experiences as teens. By having the range in ages of contributors, readers will be able to compare the similarities and differences among teens throughout time. We envision a book that any teen, past or present will be able to relate to. This will enforce GLSEN’s message that, regardless of any differences, at the core people are equal and should be treated as such.
The composition of books on Blurb, such as Retired from Racing, not from Life and Encounters, are similar to what we have in mind for our book. Both use a combination of images and text to tell their stories. We picture a book with a wide array of forms including but not limited to prose (fiction and personal essay), poetry, illustration, and photography. We plan for the book to be either Standard Landscape or Standard Portrait in softcover, which will lead to a price between $25 and $30 with the $5 markup.
We are a group of students working on an assignment, but we are also a group of people who remember all the worst aspects of being a teenager. We hope our book will help make that time a little easier by helping to eliminate bullying. GLSEN’s main focus is to stop unfair treatment against students based on gender identity and sexuality, but the organization seeks to, ultimately, end all teen on teen torment. Our book is targeted to middle and high school students, as well as their parents and educators, or anyone who has ever been a teenager. We hope this broad audience will help to promote equality in all aspects of the teens’ lives.
Thank you for your time,
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