TIFTON — The Georgia Museum of Agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is teaming with Georgia Backroads Magazine and the Tifton-Tift County Arts Council for a pair of contests in early fall.
The three organizations are hosting a “Back Roads of Georgia” essay competition through Sept. 16. The writing contest runs in conjunction with the “Back Roads of Georgia” photo competition and a new exhibit which begins Oct. 19.
Museum Gallery Coordinator Polly Huff said the exhibit will be on display through Jan. 25. The top three essays will be displayed during the exhibit and excerpts will be read during the awards reception at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18. Any Georgia resident 18 years or older is eligible to participate.
A total of $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded by the Tifton-Tift County Arts Council, with special consideration for possible publishing by Georgia Backroads Magazine.
The first-place winner will receive $500, the second-place winner will receive $200 and the third-place winner will receive $100. Four essays will receive honorable mention status, along with a $50 cash prize. All seven finalists will receive an annual pass to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village.
South Georgia author Janice Daugharty will judge the essay contest. Daugharty is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of numerous novels and shorter works, including her latest book, “Two Shades of Morning.” She is also the current Writer in Residence for ABAC.
Essays should be no longer than 4,000 words and should address the “Back Roads of Georgia” theme. Essays can be memoirs or other personal accounts; profiles of people, places or events; lyrical essays; essays related to nature; investigative pieces; or travel or food narratives. Essays should be of literary and journalistic interest with attention paid to voice and writing techniques such as scene and dialogue. Essays must be submitted in Microsoft Word or a similar format. No previously published work will be accepted. The writer’s name should not be on the essay itself.
The essay and cover letter must be submitted via email by Sept. 16 to Huff at email@example.com. The cover letter is required with each essay submission. The letter must include the writer’s name, address, email and phone number. It must also include the title of essay, the name that will appear on the check for the entry fee and the entry fee check number. This information should be in the main body of the email as well.
Participants may enter up to three submissions. Each submission should be in a separate email with its own cover letter. An entry fee of $5 for each essay should be paid by check and mailed to Polly Huff, GMA Gallery Curator, 1392 Whiddon Mill Road, Tifton, GA 31793. The writer’s name and title of essay(s) should be on the memo line of the check. Checks should be made out to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. The submission process is not complete until the fee is paid.
For any questions regarding the essay contest, interested persons can contact Dr. Sandra Giles, Professor of English, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry forms will be accepted through Sept. 1 for the “Back Roads of Georgia” photo contest.
The contest ties in with the essay contest and an exhibit titled “Back Roads of Georgia,” which begins at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19 and runs through Jan. 25. The first 200 photographs entered in the competition will be displayed during the exhibit. Any Georgia resident 18 years or older is eligible to participate. The awards reception will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the GMA Gallery.
A total of $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded by the Tifton-Tift County Arts Council, with special consideration for publishing by co-presenter Georgia Backroads Magazine. The first-place winner will receive $500 and a four-year subscription to Georgia Backroads Magazine; the second-place winner will receive $200 and a three-year subscription to Georgia Backroads Magazine; and the third-place winner will receive $100 and a two-year subscription to Georgia Backroads Magazine.
Four photographs will receive honorable mention status, along with a $50 cash prize and a one-year subscription to Georgia Backroads Magazine. All seven finalists will receive an annual pass to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, and the top three photos will be featured in the spring 2014 edition of Georgia BackRoads Magazine.
Photographers can submit up to five photographs. Registration is $5 per submitted image. Payment must be made by cash or check. All checks should be made out to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and submitted at the time that work is delivered to the Gallery.
W.A. Park, retired professor of art and photography at Valdosta State University’s School of Art, will judge the juried exhibition. Park will judge photographic interpretations of rural Georgia, antique barns and farm life to go along with the “Back Roads of Georgia” theme.
Photographs must be at least 8-by-10 inches and no bigger than 20-by-16 inches. All submitted entries must be framed, matted or mounted on foamboard. Framed works must have a hanging wire or a sawtooth hanger. Do not use any visible watermarks, copyright, or added identification on the images. Entrants must own and be the author of all images submitted.
The Gallery Curator reserves the right to reject any works deemed inappropriate for family viewing. Images must be delivered to the Gallery no later than 4 p.m. on Oct. 12 to be included in the jurying process.
Any work in the exhibition can be offered for sale with permission from the photographer, who will retain copyright and all other rights. The Gallery retains a 10 percent commission on sold works and reserves the right to use award-winning images for marketing and promotional purposes. All unsold work must be picked up on Jan. 25 from noon - 4:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Huff at (229) 391-5222.