Writers & Artists Frequently Asked Questions
How do I participate?
Email Josh@StateoftheOzarks.net to place your name on the list either as an artist or as a writer.
How does this thing work?
During the month of August, State of the Ozarks Online Magazine collects written essays. As the essays come in, editor Joshua Heston will farm essays out to artists. The artist is encouraged to contact the writer (although this is not required) and may create any type of art inspired by the written piece.
How literal does my art have to be?
Not literal at all, if that’s what you wish. Think of the essays as a point of inspiration. From that moment on, the art is entirely your own. Create whatever you want.
How much does it cost?
There is a $12 entry fee for writers and artists ($14 if paid through PayPal and a link will be provided soon on this page). Writers may send as many essays as they want into the jury process. After their pieces are chosen, they will be asked how many they want to officially enter (Nobody gets a surprise bill in the mail… don’t worry!).
How long do I have to submit written work?
Writers’ deadline is AUGUST 31.
Is there a word limit?
Yes, we ask that writers keep their submitted works to 3,500 or fewer words (10 pages or less).
May I submit already-written pieces?
Yes. We have no problem with previously written pieces.
May I submit a piece that has already been published?
Yes, as long as the first publisher has no problem with your work being published in StateoftheOzarks as well.
What if I submit my written work to StateoftheOzarks (who may publish it later) and also want to submit the same work in another contest that is exclusive and does not allow the work to be published elsewhere?
We ask that you refrain from submitting your work to exclusive publications after you have submitted that work to StateoftheOzarks. We work very hard to play nice in the neighborhood and do not place such rules on additional publications. Please don’t ask us to pull an article because you also submitted to a publication that doesn’t abide by our rules of general neighborliness.
How long do I have to create artwork?
Artwork must be completed and submitted to the jury panel by SEPTEMBER 16.
Do I have to be present to win?
We gather at Vintage Paris to celebrate all writers and artists. The simple answer is Yes… and also No. Some awards may be given out even if you cannot be there. Others (like Best of Presentation) must be awarded to an artist or writer who is physically at the event.
What if I’m not living in the Ozarks… or my work is not Ozark-related?
Not a problem. The goal of the event is to encourage creativity, not encourage Ozark-only related work. The more variety the better!
What are your rules on censorship?
We have very few censorship rules. We believe art is the physical manifestation of human expression — and open human expression is crucial in maintaining a free society. Nudity, language and adult themes are allowed, although we may ask you to present later in the evening if there are a lot of kids present.
If your work directly advocates violence toward another person or people group, we may ask you to reconsider your art direction. For specific questions, just email Josh at Josh@StateoftheOzarks.net.
What awards are given out?
Currently, we award first, second and third place in the categories of Writer and Artist. The “wild card” of the night is our Best of Presentation Award (chosen the night of the event). The evening culminates with the Best Art Collaboration Award.
What do I win?
Besides our undying appreciation? On a serious note, first place winners receive a gift bag with original handmade crafts (e.g., handmade soap, walnut spoons, handcrafted original coffee mugs, Vintage Paris coffee, chocolate, etc.). Gift bag contents vary from event to event, but everything that goes in is carefully chosen to showcase local artisans and local businesses who care deeply for the arts.
Additionally, winners are guaranteed publication on the StateoftheOzarks online magazine.