Contest Opens:  Saturday, February 1, 2014

Early Submissions Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, March 1, 2014

Contest Closes: Midnight, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eligibility: Anyone, any age, except not eligible to enter are staff, current full-time/part-time year-round employees and Board of Directors of MMW&C 

$20 to enter one piece of writing through MARCH 1, 2014. $30 to enter one piece of writing after MARCH 1, 2014. Contest ends Midnight PST APRIL 15, 2014. Youth discount see below. Writing judges include Arielle Greenberg, Core Faculty, Oregon State University-Cascades MFA Program | Gary Lawless, Poet, Publisher, Co-owner Gulf of Maine Books | Tristram Coburn, Co-Publisher, Tilbury House.

There is a 500 word maximum for elligible entries. Please be sure to read all submission requirements below.

A total of over $13,000 in prizes (including cash, merchandise and workshop tuitions) will be awarded to Grand Prize and Honorable Mention winners in categories including photo, video and writing.




Time is marked through change and evolution. A period of time can be characterized by activities or circumstances, evoke a feeling or mood, or transform the landscape in distinctive ways. Every season has its unique beauty and power. Every season has a story -- share yours with us. This contest is an opportunity for photographers, filmmakers, and writers to share their interpretations and stories of the seasons. 


We are grateful to Longfellow Books for their contributions to our prizes.

 One Grand Prize in Writing and five Honorable Mentions will be awarded.

Grand Prize in Writing (1)
• $1,000 cash
• Free tuition to a one-week Maine Media workshop (maximum value of $1,500; good for workshops offered in Rockport, Maine only; must be used within 24 months)

Honorable Mentions (5)
• $100 gift certificate to Longfellow Books

All winning entries will be posted on the Maine Media web site.

Winners may not receive cash in lieu of contest prizes. Winners can, upon providing written notice, transfer a prize to another party, i.e., in the event a winner cannot attend a workshop. 


All entries will be anonymously reviewed throughout the Contest. Entries will be judged on originality, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and relevance to the theme of Seasons.

We are pleased to announce this distinguished panel of judges who will review all work and select the winners.

Arielle Greenberg
Core Faculty, Oregon State University-Cascades MFA Program 

Gary Lawless
Poet, Publisher, Co-owner Gulf of Maine Books

Tristram Coburn
Co-Publisher, Tilbury House

All decisions made by the judges are final.




The contest opens on February 1, 2014 and closes on April 15, 2014..
All entries must be received before midnight PST on April 15, 2014 to be eligible.

Entries submitted between February 1, 2014 and March 1, 2014 are eligible for an early submission discounted fee. 

Winners will be notified within four weeks after the April 15, 2014 deadline. 

Winning entries will be posted online at www.mainemedia.edu/contest in May 2014.


Submitted on or before midnight March 1, 2014:
• For entrants age 18+ as of date of submission: $20 for one entry
• For entrants age 17 and younger as of date of submission: $15 for one entry NOTE: Enter Discount Code YW17
• $10 each additional entry (no limit to number of submissions)

Submitted March 2, 2014 through April 15, 2014:
• For entrants age 18+ as of date of submission: $30 for one entry
• For entrants age 17 and younger as of date of submission: $20 for one entry NOTE: Enter Discount Code YW17
• $10 each additional entry (no limit to number of submissions)

All fees are nonrefundable.


All writers of any level, and all ages, are eligible.

Individuals affiliated with Maine Media Workshops + College, including current full-time or part-time year-round employees, board members, and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses) are not eligible to enter.

Maine Media Workshops shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

This contest is not available in all countries, states or provinces where rules translation, registration or bonding are required, and is void where prohibited.


Entries may be prose or poetry, with a maximum of 500 words. All entries must be submitted as Text or Word documents. Formats accepted : .doc .docx .txt .rtf
Please include NO GRAPHICS in files.

Each entry must be submitted as a separate file; do not group multiple entries within the same file. 

On the order form, indicate by purchasing, the number of entries to be judged.

File Naming: Please name the file “WritingSub_FirstName_LastName_Title.doc”. Use underscores instead of spaces. No extra periods please.

EXAMPLE: If your name is Sally Curren and your entry title is “Seasons of Life”, your file name will be:

All entries must be submitted electronically through our web site at www.mainemedia.edu/contest. No mail-in entries will be accepted.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant Maine Media Workshops a license.

Each submitted entry, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material created by the Contest entrant.

The writing entries must not, in the sole discretion of the Maine Media Workshops, contain obscene, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable content. Entries deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.

Questions and inquiries about entering can be emailed to contest@mainemedia.edu/contest.




Entrants retain all rights to their work. By submitting to Maine Media Workshops + College, entrants grant the use of entries for the purpose of marketing by Maine Media, and for display on the Maine Media web site. 

As conditions of this permission, Maine Media Workshops shall attribute all writing entries to the maker. 

We respect your privacy. Maine Media Workshops will not sell, rent or exchange your e-mail address. 

This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if Maine Media Workshops determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that Maine Media Workshops may use each winner's name, city, state, and writing entry in any publicity or advertising relating to current or future Contests. All federal, state, and local taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.

Maine Media Workshops, in its sole discretion, reserves the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, and in this case will return the entry fees. 

In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Maine Media Workshops, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.\


By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Maine Media Workshops and each of its partners, affiliates, agents and its employees, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Maine Media Workshops assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Maine Media Workshops is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest. 



If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Maine Media Workshops that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Maine Media Workshops reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Maine Media Workshops elects to cancel or terminate the Contest, Maine Media Workshops will not retain any rights in the submitted entries and will return the entry fees.

In the unlikely event that it is necessary, Maine Media reserves the right to make changes to the Contest.