Our October Story Starter showcases artwork by John Reuben.
To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art pictured here. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original, in English, and based on the featured artwork. Submit your entry in the comment section below.
There is no restriction of age, location (subject to local laws), or cost associated with entering the contest. You have until midnight on October 31, 2017 to submit your story. Check the full entry rules and format here.
Finalists and winners will be determined by judges selected by the OWC and will be announced in Spring 2018.
We look forward to reading your Story Starters.
About The Artist
In 1978, John Reuben joined Weneebaykook Limited, a group of seven Cree artists who produced limited edition silk-screen prints, T-shirts and hasti-notes. While there, John became proficient in silk-screening techniques and discovered a flair for wildlife and acrylic painting. Weneebaykook provided him with wide exposure through many exhibitions throughout Canada, the US and Europe. Unfortunately the group disbanded in 1985 and the gallery closed.
At that time, John received the International Youth Year Award for being a volunteer artist in local schools and his work was selected by the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education for book covers for a Native children’s reading program in Ontario.
John’s donation of an original painting to the local Ducks Unlimited fundraiser in 1987 led to the submission (and first prize win) of his “Close Call-Loon in a Northeastern Regional competition. This fuelled John’s interest in auctioning off and selling many original works as well as limited edition prints. He has continued to refine his techniques and experiment with different art media while narrowing his focus from North American wildlife wetlands to the James Bay Lowlands where he finds ideas and inspiration to be limitless.
Want to check out past contest entries? Click here.
Feeling inspired? Paste in your 100-word original entry below!
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