Flash Fiction Contest: “There’s a photo on my wall of a woman I’ve never met.”

While taking a community college biology course at the age of 16, author Rebecca Skloot learned about Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cells, cultured by scientists and used in research around the world. Skloot was so haunted by Henrietta – a young black woman who died at 31 but was otherwise a mystery – that years later she was driven to tell her story.

Skloot begins that story with the words, “There’s a photo on my wall of a woman I’ve never met.” Imagine your own mystery photo of an unknown woman (or maybe you already have one!) and, in 250 words or less, reveal her identity. Will you tell a tale of family lost and found or spin a yarn of celebrity infatuation? Take us wherever your imagination leads. Enter by September 21. Read More

“The Art of Science” Call for Entries

Image of human neural stem cells, from Corey Seehus, Brain Cells Inc, USA, and GE Healthcare on Flickr“The Art of Science”
A One Read Art Exhibit
Submission dates: September 22-24

As part of the 2011 One Read program, we invite Callaway and Boone County artists ages 16 and older to contribute works inspired by the mysteries of the human body, the strange beauty of a cell viewed through a microscope or other intersections of art and science.

Submissions will be accepted at the Columbia Public Library (100 West Broadway), Thursday, September 22 through Saturday, September 24. Submitted works will be on display September 26 – October 14. Artists may enter one original work in any medium. Pieces should be ready for display (with secure hanging wire if applicable). The first place winner will receive a Columbia Art League membership courtesy of CAL and $100. The second and third place winners will receive $50 each. All cash awards are generously provided by the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs. Artists receiving honorable mentions will win pairs of free movie passes courtesy of Ragtag Cinema.

For inspiration, read more about this year’s One Read selection, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

Contact us with any questions.

Flash Fiction Writing Contest Open!

We are now accepting submissions for “If I Weren’t Me,” our flash fiction writing contest!

Contest eligibility and other details are available in our contest announcement, or go directly to the entry form to submit your story – in 250 words or less – of self transformation, secret identity or an imagined fresh start.  Good luck, and happy writing!

If I Weren’t Me: One Read Flash Fiction Contest

Issues of identity permeate this year’s One Read selection, “Await Your Reply,” with characters seeking new starts and trying on others’ lives. If you’ve ever wanted to become someone else—and who hasn’t?—this is your chance to dream big, in 250 words or less. Tell a tale of self transformation. Spin a yarn about a secret identity. Slip into someone else’s skin and write a short “flash fiction” piece about an imagined fresh start.  Submit your story now through September 20. Read More