WTP Literary and Art Competitions

Due to Covid-19, unfortunately we will not be sponsoring our annual WTP Competitions this year. Please check back in early 2021!

WTP Annual Hamptons Competitions

Congratulations to our 2019 recipients of the

Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award:

Madara Tropa for Fine Art

  Merridawn Duckler for the Literary

Second Place:

Richard Whadcock for Fine Art

Marcella Hunyadi for the Literary

Third Place:

Orna Greenberg for Fine Art

Noelle Sicklels for the Literary

Honorable Mentions:

Todd Brugan and Caroyln DiFiori Hopkins for Fine Art

Elizabeth Marian Charles and Basmah Sakrani for the Literary

And a huge thank you to our judges, Emilia Dubicki and Ann Beattie, for their careful consideration and expertise.


The Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award

A One-Week Retreat in the Legendary Hamptons of Long Island, NY

You’ll be treated to a charming, spacious residence, the perfect setting to be inspired.

Originally owned by artist Elizabeth Sloan Tyler, for whom this award is named and whose ambient paintings hang throughout, this expanded 1909 Cape-style house is walking distance to NYC train, the ocean beach, and to the beautiful town of Amagansett (one bike is also supplied for gorgeous excursions over to the bay and salt water inlets!). Enjoy lazy mornings and peaceful evenings lounging and dining on the deck, or cozying up to the fireplace, cooking meals in the full kitchen, and exploring the studio and writing nooks:

(submission guidelines to come)

2019 Woven Tale Press Judges

For the Literary: Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie is the author of nine novels, including Chilly Scenes of Winter (Doubleday), Falling in Place (Random House), Love Always (Random House), Picturing Will (Random House), Another You (Knopf), My Life, Starring Dara Falcon (Knopf), The Doctor’s House (Scribner), Mrs. Nixon: A Writer Imagines a Life (Scribner) and forthcoming this year, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck (Viking). Her short story collections include Distortions (Doubleday), Secrets and Surprises (Random House), The Burning House (Random House), Where You’ll Find Me (Linden Press), What Was Mine (Random House), Park City: New and Selected Stories (Knopf), Perfect Recall (Scribner), Follies: New Stories (Scribner), The New Yorker Stories, a collection of 48 stories previously published in that magazine from 1974 to 2006 (Scribner), The State We’re In: Maine Stories, (Scribner), and The Accomplished Guest (Scribner). Her work has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike’s Best American Short Stories of the Century, and in Jennifer Egan’s Best American Short Stories 2014. Among her many awards in the genre, Beattie received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story in 2000 and the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2005. She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.

For Fine Art: Emelia Dubicki

Emilia Dubicki lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. Her paintings are primarily abstract, but sometimes representational imagery is integrated into the work, and sense of scale, structural forms, and movement are of special interest: “I like vast expanses and active streets. I want to capture what is compelling about a location or setting while asking what’s this place about? Why am I responding to this place? The paintings, then, are also about questions. How do I paint thoughts? How do I paint sound or emotion? I work on a painting with these ideas and certain visuals in mind. The process of painting is a continuous search for the truth. When I paint, I want to travel to a new place in the work — I want the work to be alive.”   Dubicki has been awarded artist residencies from the I-Park Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center; and the Wurlitzer Foundation. ​In 2018, a solo exhibition of her work was held at Fred Giampietro Gallery, CT, where she is represented, and in the winter of 2019 she is showing in the invitational exhibition at City Gallery, New Haven, CT. Her work have been exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally, and her paintings are in numerous private, public and corporate collections, as well as featured in publications such as The New York Times, Artfuse, NY Arts Magazine, the 1st dibs Introspective Magazine, Connecticut Cottages & Garden, among others. She a The Woven Tale Press Art Correspondent, reviewing exhibits in New York City. For more information, please visit www.emiliadubicki.com

NOTE: all submissions will be considered for publication in the WTP regularly monthly magazine on a rolling basis. (Do not duplicate submissions.) All past WTP contributors are welcome to submit, but must be works previously unpublished in WTP. Judging criteria is based on adherence to submission requirements, originality, and proficiency of craft.



• One-week creative retreat to the legendary Hamptons of Long Island, NY (8 nights)

• Publication in The Woven Tale Press

• Complimentary copy of the print edition

• Spotlight on WTP homepage


• $300

• Publication in The Woven Tale Press

• Complimentary copy of the print edition

• Certificate



•Publication in The Woven Tale Press

• Complimentary copy of the print edition

• Certificate

*Note: Winner is required to sign a license agreement for period of occupancy. Travel expenses not included, and no pets allowed. Must book occupancy dates for calendar year 2020 only, and submit signed license agreement by Dec. 31, 2019. Flexible bookings; July-August dependent on availability.

* WTP reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this competition if any problem prevents the competition from running as planned; WTP reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised is not available. 


Questions? Email us at wtp@thewoventalepress.net

Hear What Past Winners Have to Say:

“In the sun room, I’m surrounded by beauty—the deer visit the birdbath for an afternoon top-off and the walls hold paintings in every shade of color. This is a happy house, filled with pictures of family, ceramics molded in ocean blue, treasure chests, and every room has a throw to cover a lap when needed. My thoughts are quiet here, with the sounds of wind chimes and birds on break, the washboards on the porch when the rain visits, and the fireplace that holds light when it gets cold. This is a place for reading the novel you’ve been putting off, for editing those poems that have given you trouble, and finally for practicing that thing called self-care you’ve heard so much about. I’ve strolled to the beach to breath in waves and passed the cherry blossoms on the way to town. Far away from the office and the responsibilities of home—I’m just a poet here, watching the world and smiling for no reason. Thank you Sandra and WTP for this happy house.”

– Cynthia Manick, 2018 Literary Winner (Brooklyn, New York)

“My time in the shingle house has been filled with the garden’s robins, cardinals & other birds; the occasional coming of a distant train; and at night, always, the rhythms of the ocean. Elizabeth Sloan Tyler’s paintings form quiet focal points throughout the house, and lingering in her studio, the brushes still in their coffee can canisters, work from different points of her life on the walls and along the floor, brought inspiration and perspective. In particular, I found myself drawn to her late work, where the boundaries between land and sea and sky vanish, and all is movement. This vibrant but subtle energy ultimately fueled my own days. Coming from dry, arid West Texas, I liked nothing more than to sit on the back patio and read, write and draw, surrounded, everywhere by green. Walking beside the ocean, which is five minutes away (on foot), became a daily ritual, particularly late in the day when the light shifted, and color infused sky and sea. I cultivated solitude during my time here, but there is plenty to do in Amagansett, and I thought about going to yoga as well as out to hear music (but opted instead for the birds and sea). On my last day, though, I did rent a bike and rode to the bay at Devan Beach which brought me through the more wooded side streets further afar. I could not be more grateful to Sandra Tyler who ensured that I found yogurt, milk and oatmeal for my first morning, and drove up one night (with her dog Toby) to share dinner and her mother’s work. I am deeply grateful to Sandra, Dewitt Henry, and everyone at the Woven Tale Press for making this experience possible. I will draw upon my time here in the months ahead.”

—Jacqueline Kolosov, 2017 WTP Literary Winner  (Texas)

“This award was a special honor and something very different from other awards. I am so grateful for this opportunity — really, a dream come true, to spend a week in this exclusive little town, in the midst of such stunning nature, and in this charming house. The sand of the beach is so fine, like no other beach I’ve been to. And what I hadn’t expected, was to feel the presence of your mother [the artist for whom the award is named] — I’ve looked through her old art books, and when I held a book on Braque, I noticed the prints of blue oils on the cover, that matched the blues in one of her paintings hanging in the gallery. I spent a lot of time looking at her paintings, and the first evening on the beach, I was seeing these same colors in her work. While in my own work, I prefer analog photography, for my bike trips to Montauk, the bay, and the beach, I took my digital camera. Of course I took a lot of  “holiday-snapshots,” but then began photographing the natural environs of the area, and found myself experimenting  with the abstract as I never have before. I think I was inspired by being so surrounded by your mother’s paintings. I will look through all my images when I am back in Berlin, and send you some – they may be of things you’ve seen a thousand times before, but for me there is this special connection with this place and with this week. Thank you, Sandra— I  enjoyed my stay here in your mother’s home very much. And thank you for all your efforts, for picking me up at the bus, driving me to the grocery,  and even for the bike. This has been an unbelievable week which I will never forget.”

— Alexander Klang, 2019 Fine Art Winner (Berlin, Germany)

Entry fee in each category: $25. Fiction/nonfiction limit is approx. 6,000 words. For art, submit minimum 3, max 5 works. All fees are administrative to cover the cost of the competitions. Any additional proceeds go directly toward our bringing you more features and issues of WTP.