Open Loft Contests
The Loft and Minnesota Premiere Publications (Southwest Journal, The Journal, and Minnesota Good Age) have teamed up to offer the Loft's Spring Writing Contest. One winner will receive a $150 Loft gift certificate, $100 in gift certificates to a local restaurant, and publication in April and May in the Southwest Journal, The Journal, and Minnesota Good Age.
Submissions: Help us celebrate National Poetry Month (April) and National Photography Month (May) by submitting a previously unpublished poem (40 lines or fewer) in which a photograph plays a part.
Deadline: Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.
About the Judge: Jeffrey Shotts is executive editor at Graywolf Press, where he edits works of poetry, essay, literary criticism, and translation. He lives in Minneapolis.
The Loft and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) have teamed up to offer the Sacred Shorts Contest. One winner will be announced as part of the Hero's Sacred Journey event on May 8, 2014. The winning work will be displayed at the MIA next to the piece which it reacts to until the close of the Sacred exhibition, and the winner will receive a $100 Loft gift certificate.
Submissions: Full guidelines are available by clicking "Submit" below. Please submit an entry of no more than 250 words reacting to one of three works at the MIA's Sacred exhibition. Poems and prose are eligible, but for space considerations poems should adhere to the word count and be limited to no more than 32 lines.
Please make your best effort to get inspired by the objects in person as they are installed within the Sacred exhibition, which is free to attend and open during regular MIA museum hours. There will also be a free Sacred Salon on April 5 led by Karen Hering that will focus on guided writing exercises with these objects. The three eligible pieces are:
Monks of the Gyuto Tantric University (Tibet), Yamantaka Mandala, 1991, Colored silicate and adhesive on wood. Gift of funds from the Gyuto Tantric University; 3M; Construction Materials, Inc.; and the Asian Art Council, 92.44.
Do Ho Suh (South Korean, born 1962), Some/One, 2005, Stainless steel, military dog tags, fiberglass resin. The John R. Van Derlip Fund and gift of funds from the Sit Investment Associates Foundation, 2012.77a-d.
Artist Unknown (China), The Bodhisattva Guanyin, late 11th-early 12th century, Wood, gesso, and mineral pigments, and gold. Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton, 98.62a-h.
Deadline: Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16.
About the Judge: Nor Hall has practiced archetypal psychology since 1972 while maintaining a career as a mythopoetic writer, independent lecturer, workshop leader, consultant, and theatre artist.
About the MIA's Sacred Exhibition: Sacred is the second in a series of innovative installations combining contemporary and historic artworks. For this multi-gallery exploration, MIA curators juxtapose artworks from multiple eras and cultures to probe the nature of the sacred within a secular, multi-faith society. More information