Anthology Competition

Imagine This! Anthology

Winners Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology

 September 8, 2014


Winners of the Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology have been selected! 

Top Winners 2014

The Raid (story) by Robert Downes, First Place Winner

Minnesotan Test for Art (essay) by Brent Chesley, Second Place Winner

Groceries (poem) Kelly Michels, Third Place Winner



Mother’s Favorite Son by Penny Gifford, Top 20 Winner

Stolen by Robin Tuck, Top 20 Winner

Peanut Shells by Lisa Beebe, Top 20 Winner

Dearly Beloved Daughter by Diane Maciejewski, Top 20 Winner

On This Day (story) by Michael Pearson, Top 20 Winner

Amish Quilt by Thomas Gibbs, Top 20 Winner

The Droste Effect by Marnie Walker, Top 20 Winner



Mogen David by Theresa Thome, Top 20 Winner

Fabric Hoard by Patrick Cook, Top 20 Winner

Benediction by Cynthia Adams, Top 20 Winner

The Day John Lennon Saved Me by Faith Garbin, Top 20 Winner



Tableau by Annette Allen, Top 20 Winner

Eight Hours Four Workers by Dorothy Brooks, Top 20 Winner

Rules of Being by Sydney Shavalier, Top 20 Winner

Easter Sunday by Laura Apol, Top 20 Winner

Another Chapter by Susan Larimore, Top 20 Winner

Free Falling by Marian Shapiro, Top 20 Winner

Honorable Mention

Stanzas (poem) By Gemma Wesolowski

Calibrations (poem) by Carol Johnson

At a Loss (story) by Amy Morris-Jones

First Communion (story) by Robert Vander Lugt

Beneath Kealakekua Bay (story) by Kevin Breen




Anthology Competition

January, 2014

Imagine This!  An ArtPrize Anthology is a collection of poems, short stories, and personal essays, along with reproductions of works displayed during ArtPrize, an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The image above is the cover from the 2013 anthology edition, printed by Chapbook Press at Schuler Books & Music.


The selections in Imagine This! are the culmination of an anthology competition sponsored by the Cascade Writers’ Group. The top twenty submissions (as judged by readers from the community at large) are published in the anthology; of these, the top three are awarded impressive cash prizes ($1000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place).



1).  Submissions must be original, unpublished poems, short stories, or personal essays.  Poems may be no longer than four pages, while short stories and personal essays must not exceed 1500 words.  Poems can be submitted as a series of up to four poems if the poems are related by topic, theme, or structure (and are to be judged as one complete work).  Poems that are distinct in topic, theme, or structure will be judged as individual entries, and must be submitted separately.  You may submit your entry here.

2).  Authors must be 18 or older in order to submit to this competition.  All entries must be written in English.  You do NOT have to be from the Great Lakes region to enter this contest; it is open to national and international audiences.

3).  Submissions will be accepted online from February 15 through March 31, 2014.  Entries are unable to be modified after submission.  If you are unable to submit your entry online, please contact to discuss alternate submission arrangements.

4).  The entry fee per submission is $20.00.  There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit, but please note that each entry requires a separate $20.00 fee.  The entry fee is nonrefundable.

5).  We DO NOT accept simultaneous submissions.  Entries must NOT have been previously published in print or online (this includes self-publishing, blogging, Facebook posting, or posting on any other public forum).

6).  Please DO NOT put your name or other identifying information on your entry; this contest is judged in blind fashion.  You may include your name and contact information on your cover letter, however.

7).  Names and identifying characteristics of actual people found in your work must be changed.  Entries must be submitted as editable Word documents.  We reserve the right to make corrections in spelling and grammar, or to make other changes necessary for publication.  Verifiable sources must be provided for any factual information included in your entry.  Sources should be included on a separate page as part of your submission.  We cannot print works that include copyrighted materials from other sources.

8).  In submitting to this competition, you agree that if you are selected, your work will be printed in Imagine This!  An ArtPrize Anthology, to be published by Chapbook Press at Schuler Books & Music.  You also agree to provide all rights for one year to Cascade Writers’ Group.  

9).  Entries selected for publication, and the top three award winners, will be notified by May 31, 2014.  Authors with work chosen for publication in the anthology may have an opportunity to do public readings at ArtPrize venues.

10).  Questions or concerns?  Contact




Interested in feedback on your competition entry?  You can request a professional critique on your submission for an additional $15.00 fee.  The critique will be conducted by Lisa McNeilley, PhD from The Writer's Alley, and will include: 1) assessment of general writing and grammar, 2) comment on plot, character development, language, and form, and 3) inclusion of comments from the reader-judges.  In order to maintain the blind judging requirements of this contest, the critique will be completed and made available to you after the official anthology competition has ended.  For more information, please send an email to





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