The Words are Here! The Words are Here!

As most of you know by now, one of my passions is a little project I call Word of Art. It’s a fabulous collaboration of authors and artists, sponsored by In Print Professional Writers’ Organization, that culminates in a gallery show, reception with program, and hard cover, full-color publication. In our third year, we are partnering with the 75th anniversary celebration of Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Word of Art Authors: Thank you for your word submissions! We collected 59 pieces from 30 authors. The Words are currently posted here, on the site, and also below on this blog post.

Artists: You’re up! The stories, poems, excerpts, and shorts will be available for your perusal without interruption until October 1st, when selection opens. Titles will be removed as they are picked.

Please, read ALL of the entries before making a selection. They are listed in alphabetical order by title for ease of reference and every one of them deserves an audience. And also, this particular author may or may not have submitted a piece or two which may or may not happen to begin with a latter letter of the alphabet. I’m just sayin’…

The Words

The Return of the 17-Year Locusts

20/20 Vision

A City Girl




Alabaster Dove


Audacity and the Dandelion

Bedtime Ritual

Busia’s Hands

By Design

Crystal Droplets

Danger In The Night

Dinner Show



Food for the Gods

For a little while



He’s gone

Horse Bones

Hummingbird and Cottonwood


January Spell

Leaving Las Vegas

Limb Bone Hill

Little Me Healing in the Summer Yard

Lost Vitality

Master of the Paper



Moments of Change

More Than A Hobby Horse

Nature’s Gift

Nothing But Time

Old Friend

On Leaving

Plutonian Sunrise

Pocket Memory

Puzzle Pieces

Rocking Horse Relic

September Slips

Steampunk Desire

Stranger in Church


The Arrowhead

The Ritual

The Garden Owl

The Harvest

The Trek

Touch the Stars




Waiting for my Granddaughter

Woman by Moonlight


Beginning October 1st, send your request to along with a brief bio (50 words or less) in third person. Please have a second choice in case your first has already been selected.

Remember to check the Author Guidelines before committing. New this year–we are accepting art in any medium. We are not providing canvases, but that does not mean you can’t paint. Make a square painting! A large or small painting! A triptych! (But please consider how you will photograph your piece for the book.)

We work as first-come, first-served with 28 spots for pairings.

We are looking forward to a fabulous publication, program, and partnership with Burpee Museum of Natural History. The reception is expected to be in late February/early March, DTBD. Believe me, when I know, YOU WILL, TOO!

Questions? Contact Mary at


Artist Guidelines:

Artists will have a week to read through the submissions in their entirety.
Selection opens October 1* Requests sent before October 1 will not be honored. Requests sent anywhere besides will not be honored.

Send a request for your selected story to
Include name, address, phone and a brief, 50 word or less, bio in 3rd person.

You may not select your own piece.

You may not select two pieces by the same author.

Some portion of the words of the story must be included in the artwork.

Any medium is acceptable. We are looking forward to mixing it up! Sculpture! Fiber Arts! Glass! Ceramic! Photography! Mixed media! Go for it! (But please consider that you must include words in your art.)

Artists will be responsible for photographing work for publication, including a close-up of a word from their art for the cover.

Images due by Dec. 17* for inclusion in the book.

Artists will be responsible for transport of art to Burpee and removal following exhibition.

There is no theme.

You may select two stories but no one person shall be published more than 2 times (1 as author/1 as artist, 2 as artist, 2 as author).

The WORD of ART 3D Reception will be held late February/early March (DTBD) at Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Space is limited to 28 stories/pictures.

*Please be aware of all deadlines before committing.

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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