Grab a pair of scissors and pick up a pencil! Or, if you’re technologically inclined, turn on your computer and open your favorite design program! Either way, we invite you to exercise your creativity with a new contest using images of great 19th-century print ephemera from the Winterthur Library! Each day this week (September 4–10), we will post two or three photographs, greeting cards, trade cards, or other advertisements to this blog post. Collect and download these images to use as the basis for a short story or an old-school graphic novel.
Just click on the image you’d like to use to print it or save it to your computer. We’ll add more images each day for a total of 10 by the end of the week. Make up your story as we go along or wait until all of the images have been posted to choose the ones you want and craft your narrative.
- Stories should include no more than 7 images and should be written in 500 words or less (not including any printing on images).
- Use only these images provided by Winterthur. Keep content clean.
- Each entry should consist of 5 pages or fewer of standard 8 ½” x 11” paper (one side only).
- Submit entries as PDFs to firstname.lastname@example.org or as hard copies to Public Programs Department, Winterthur Museum, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE, 19735.
- Submissions must be received by September 30, 2012.
- Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address with your submission, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope if you’d like your story to be returned.
- Winterthur employees are not eligible to enter.
Entries will be judged on coherency, creativity, and cleverness. The winner, who will receive a private two-hour tour of the museum and library for him/herself and a friend, will be notified on October 15. (An alternative prize will be offered to out-of-towners who aren’t able to visit Winterthur.) The winning entry will be posted on this blog!
Questions? Leave a comment here or e-mail email@example.com. Happy writing!
Images #1 and #2, posted Tuesday, September 4:
Images #3 and #4, posted Wednesday, September 5:
Images #5, #6, and #7, posted Thursday, September 6:
Images #8, #9, and #10, posted Friday, September 7: