Speak Peace: Colorado Responds Poetry and Art contest


Speak Peace: Colorado Responds Invites Your Poetry or Artwork Submission for a special Colorado Contest around the Speak Peace exhibit hosted by Arapahoe Community College from October 17-November 13.

Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children’s Paintings (http://www.speakpeace.net/) is a collaborative, international project between Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center and School of Art Galleries, and Soldiers’ Heart, a veterans’ return and healing organization. The exhibit features original poems written by American children, veterans, and established poets in response to Vietnamese children’s paintings on peace and war collected over the last 10 years by the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

As part of the exhibition, ACC is hosting a Speak Peace: Colorado Responds art and poetry contest for all Colorado residents, regardless of age. We are looking for poems and art work that respond to the pictures and poems from the Speak Peace exhibit, online at

ACC is offering a first prize ($200), second prize ($150) and third prize ($100) and seven honorable mentions in both the poetry and art categories. A reception for prize winners and honorable mentions will be held on October 26 from 5p.m.-7p.m. at the Colorado Gallery of Arts where winning poems and digital representations of the winning artwork will be presented to the public. Poetry reading of winning poems at 5:30p.m. Poems and artwork will also be exhibited online and linked to the national Speak Peace website.

Submission Period: August 1-October 1 midnight

Where to Submit: only electronic submissions will be accepted through ACC Writers Studio Submittable online manager at

Rules for Entry:

* Only one submission per person allowed in either the poetry or art category.

* You may submit both a poem and piece of art, but these must be submitted separately to the proper category.

* Submission must follow poetry and art specifications below or it will not be considered for the contest.

* Work must be original and currently unpublished.

* Only work by current Colorado residents will be accepted

* Submit your poem to the Poetry Category. Submit your Art Work to the Art Work category

* Please include the following information in the cover letter textbox that will pop up once you hit “submit”:

1. Name

2. Title of your piece

3. Title of piece from the online Speak Peace exhibit you are responding to

4. Current contact information

5. Statement attesting to your current Colorado residency status.

Once you have filled out the cover letter, hit “add file” to upload your piece. Hit “submit” again to complete your submission.

There is no fee for entering this contest.

Poetry Specifications

Poem must be formatted according to the following specifications before upload into the Submittable submission manager.

1. Length: 32 line maximum for poetry.

2. Format: Typed, single spaced in times new roman 12 pt font

3. File Format: .doc, .docx, or .rtf only

Image Specifications:

Image must be formatted according to the following specifications before upload into the Submittable submission manager.

1. Dimensions: Landscape format – 1200 pixels x 900 pixels, Portrait format -900 pixels maximum (vertical dimension), Square format – 900 pixels x 900 pixels.

2. Image Resolution: 72 pixels per inch (ppi).

3. File Format: Save all images as BASELINE (“Standard”) JPEG. Do not save as a Progressive JPEG.

4. Image Quality: Maximum.

5. Color space: RGB color space

Arapahoe Community College
303 797 5815


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