Moving Words submissions

Please read all of the information below before submitting.

Submissions for Moving Words 2020 are now open.

Submission deadline is May 31, 2019.

Moving Words is a project that makes possible transnational collaboration amongst artists of prose, poetry, voice acting, and animation. Moving Words will intersect voices of all ages through writers whose submitted works will be transformed into short films by animation students at various international animation schools. These writers, under the guidance of ARTS By The People’s writing scholar, will have their works voice acted and subsequently animated by college students. Our goal is to empower and inspire writers of all ages to tap into their inner creativity and think in terms of visual imagery as well as written word.

Participants may submit writing of any form, be it poetry or prose. A select few writers will be chosen by a panel of judges based on originality and creativity. We are looking for diversity of voices. Upon acceptance, writers will be asked to workshop their respective pieces to make them ready for animation. Over the months of July and August each participant must be available on email to discuss the writing and revision process with our workshop leader. Then, participants will be asked to attend two meetings held on evening weekdays in the month of September to continue the workshop discussion. (Skype will be available to those not in the area of Morristown, New Jersey.) The spoken word has great possibility, though when combined with animation also presents serious limitations. Please only send unpublished work. And keep in mind your participation in this project might require you to make cuts, changes, revisions, etc.

We will consider all pieces for possible publication in our literary journal, Platform Review.

Submission Guidelines: Please keep in mind we are looking for pieces that harness energy through image and metaphor, as well as the musicality of language since the finished project will be produced as an animated film with an oral component.

For eligibility:

  1. Submit only one (1) spoken-word piece through our Submittable link (below).

  2. Each piece should comfortably be read under two (2) minutes in length.

  3. Submissions should be previously unpublished in any form (ie. print, blog, ezine, online journal) with the expectation of workshop.

  4. Include the cover letter that shares a brief background on your piece, your location, and a brief (50-word) author’s bio.