My aesthetics as an editor have been shaped by my mother’s as an artist; I am forever indebted to her for teaching me how to ‘see,’ then how to translate that seeing into my own unique statement. For me, that statement was always writing. For her, it was the canvas–which she worked, with brushes and palette knives, and often her bare hands. Until she got it just right. Until she had said what she needed to say.” – Sandra Tyler, WTP Editor-in-Chief
~First Place for the Literary ~
After reading dozens of poems over several months, I was struck by what remained memorable after I returned, week after week, to review submissions. Certain voices stuck with me. Certain images leapt from lines that drew me to startling conclusions. I was moved by complex feelings expressed through fresh language. Among many good poems from accomplished poets , I chose work that consistently challenged me to hear new things in a new way. I hope readers share my excitement.”
~First Place for Fine Art ~
There were strong and engaging submissions to the photography competition at Woven Press Tales. I have been a juror for many photography competitions, and I have always relied on the same criteria: a continuity to the artist’s vision; flawless technique; and authenticity, as many photographs are influenced more by the inspiration, by work that has come before. This new work, while it may acknowledge an historical reference, should be original in its, vision, multilayered and exploratory.”
A big thank you to our judges Lauren Shaw and Joyce Peseroff, for not only their time and expertise, but for their truly careful consideration–the final pool of contestants was a competitive one, and both judges proved astute in their evaluations and thoughtful in their final decisions.