Women Speak is a new project of artist Nancy Smith, in which she is “inviting women writers to create poetry or prose based on select paintings I've created to further explore the feminine experience.”
I wondered how and why this project came to be, so I asked Smith and she kindly replied. See my interview with Smith and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Women Speak.
SMITH: Women Speak is a 2019 gallery event that will showcase women's exploration of the feminine experience through visual art and poetry or prose. Starting in May 2018, I am posting 4-5 paintings monthly for 6 months on my website and Facebook page to serve as prompts for a poetry or prose piece that should not exceed 300 words. Winners will be posted on the 15th of the following month and will receive a limited edition print of the painting they used for inspiration. They will also be invited to read their works at the gallery event in 2019.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Women Speak originally started?
SMITH: In recent years, the prevalence and complexities of women's issues led me to explore the female form in my paintings. During my artistic journey, I became aware of how the paintings gave voice to my unconscious inner landscape. I decided to further explore this message by inviting women writers to give voice to their inner knowing and experiences using the paintings as prompts.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SMITH: I am looking for works that describe the writers' experiences of the feminine such as internal and external challenges, joys and sorrows, dreams and regrets, experiences of the heart, kinship, or connections with nature.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
SMITH: My target reader audience is women of all ages.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish to see submitted, but rarely comes in?
SMITH: I want women to use this forum to speak their truth and give voice to the unspeakable.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SMITH: Details of the call for submission: www.nancysmithfineart/womenspeakacallforsubmissionsofwrittenword
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SMITH: Contact me if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: Last day of the month (May – October, 2018)
THEME: 4-5 paintings on this website and on www.facebook.com/nancysmithfineart as prompts
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry and prose
PAYMENT: Writers whose work is selected will be invited to read their work at the gallery event held in 2019. They will also receive a signed and numbered 11" x 14" giclee print of the painting they wrote about.