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Submit to SONG: Writers in the Attic 2018

March 12 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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The Cabin is now accepting submissions for the seventh annual Writers in the Attic writing competition. Idaho poets, fiction and nonfiction story writers are encouraged to send their work on the one-word theme, “Song.” Entries will be accepted through Monday, March 12, 2018. Work will be blind judged by local literary screenwriter Samantha Silva. The selected works will be published as part of the Writers in the Attic 2018 anthology.

We sing in the shower. We hum in the rain. We serenade our pets and family members while cooking dinner, or cleaning house, or driving cross-country. Soundtracks trigger the waterworks and signal goosebumps at the movie theater. Many of us have personal theme songs, favorite love songs — we use music to pump ourselves up and to calm ourselves down. We tell stories orally and often through song: to celebrate and to protest and to praise! Dear Songbirds, warble a story that contains some element of the magic of music. Feel free to channel Beyoncé or croon off-key. We just want you to belt it and burst it in a 1500 words-or-less poem or prose piece containing, somehow, the element of “Song.”

Submission Guidelines

  • Poems, fiction, and nonfiction must apply, abstractly or literally, to the theme SONG.
  • Entries must be no longer than 1,500 words, not including title.
  • Do not include any photos, images or illustrations in your submission.
  • Prose submissions should be typed, Times New Roman, 12 pt., and double-spaced for prose, with only one space after each period.
  • To allow for blind judging, do not include personal information such as name, address, or phone number on the manuscript.
  • No PDFs, please. Submit each piece in its own Microsoft Word doc.
  • The submission fee is $10/Cabin members or $15/nonmembers.
  • Entry fee covers up to 3 poems or stories per author. Each poem or story will be considered separately for publication.
  • Submissions must be received on Monday, March 12, 2018 – by midnight if using Submittable, or by 5 PM if submitting in person.

About The Judge

Samantha Silva is a screenwriter based in Idaho. She has sold projects to Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema, Lifetime and Film House Germany, where her Untitled Dickens Project is in development with Peter Chelsom attached to direct. Her script, My Golden Year, was one of 15 projects highlighted at the No Borders Film Market during Independent Film Week in New York in 2013. She co-wrote, with Jay Parini, an adaptation of his novel about Herman Melville, The Passages of H.M., and is at work on a novel adaptation of her script about Charles Dickens, and a collection of short stories. She has a BA in History from Boise State University and an MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

(photo credit Glenn Landberg)



March 12
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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