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Is "enter a contest" on your to-do list?

Upcoming contests, fast-approaching deadlines


We're down with deadlines here at BW. They're a driving force behind much of what we do. But, dear readers, you may not be so used to the tyranny of timelines. Fear not, we're here to help. Here's a list of arts-related contests and their deadlines to serve as a gentle nudge for you or the right-brained creator in your life. Stick it on your fridge and get to work.

You might see your name in lights

Do you have an idea for horror, romantic comedy, sci-fi or action film set in the West? Reel Women of the West is sponsoring a screenwriter's contest in conjunction with the Fifth Annual True West Cinema Festival, which takes place this year on August 7-10.

Submission criteria are simple: The story must be set in the Northwest—Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington—be 12 to 20 pages long in standard industry format and written in English. The rest is up to you. The winner or winners will be announced during the True West Festival and will receive cash prizes, judges' feedback, a True West pass, a True West T-shirt and a loft session reading of his or her script. The deadline for submissions is July 14 and the entry fee is $15 if your submission is postmarked by June 30, $20 if postmarked by July 14. Send three copies of your script with your name, phone number, e-mail address, the title of your film, the genre and a logline (a one-sentence summary of your screenplay) to Louise Luster, P.O. Box 663, Eagle, ID, 83616. Make check or money order payable to Reel Women of the West.

For more information, contact Susan at 208-426-3468 or e-mail

Living as an artist

Once every two years, the Idaho Commission on the Arts considers new artists for the Artists in Residence program. The deadline to apply in order to be included in the Directory of Teaching Artists is June 27.

Ranging from film making and choreography to ceramic and leather working, ICA teaching artists represent some of the best in a range of arts disciplines. Teaching artists lead students in creative activities by collaborating with schoolteachers to deliver meaningful arts education programs throughout the state of Idaho.

For more information and to apply, visit Idaho Arts on the Commission, 2410 N. Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 208-334-2119,

The Father of Fiction

As part the fourth annual Ernest Hemingway Festival, which runs September 25-28 in Sun Valley, a call for unpublished short fiction story submissions are being accepted for the Prose for Papa contest. Entries must be postmarked by May 31 and the winner will be awarded $500. Submit entries to Prose for Papa, SVKCVB, P.O. Box 2420, Sun Valley, ID 83353 along with a nonrefundable $10 entry fee. Stories should be a maximum 2,600 words or 10 pages, typewritten, double-spaced and available in Word format.

For more information, visit

It's a deer. No, a chukar. No, a pine tree.

Students in kindergarten through ninth grade are invited to help celebrate biodiversity by participating in Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge's BioBlitz Art Contest. The winning entry will be splashed across the front of T-shirts worn by more than 100 Deer Flat BioBlitz volunteers in August as they catalog refuge species and involve the community in science at the BioBlitz festival. Each entry must be an original drawing of Idaho wildlife done in no more than three colors and created on a white background and should include bold colors and defined lines. The youngsters may use marker, crayon, colored pencil, tempera paint, ink or charcoal. There is no fee for entering and entries must be received by June 6. Include artist's name, grade, school, parent or guardian's name, home address and phone number on the back. Mail entries to BioBlitz Art Contest, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, ID, 83686.

For more information, call 208-467-9278 or visit

Feel like playing around in eagle?

The Eagle Arts Commission is looking for lively bands for Friday and Saturday evening, June 13 and 14, to entertain the crowds at Heritage Park in downtown Eagle during Eagle Fun Days. Bands must submit a DVD or CD of their music to be considered.

For more information, visit or call 208-489-8788.

On 35,000 copies

Though we work on deadline, we don't necessarily expect you to. With that in mind, each week, BW chooses one submitted original work for the cover. BW pays $150 for every published cover plus a $25 gift certificate to Boise Blue Art Supply. We ask that all published overs be donated to a charity cover auction held each fall. Works must be original, but may be in any medium, including digital works and photographs (artists submitting digital covers must do so on archival quality or giclee print). We prefer square pieces, but slightly rectangular works accepted. Though final reproduction size is approximately 10-inches by 10-inches, the original artwork may be any size and do not have to be framed since BW handles the framing of all of the works for the auction. Artwork may be dropped off at the BW office during regular hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work not selected can be picked up any time during regular office hours.

For more information, e-mail leila@ Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., 208-344-2055,