To celebrate the release of Philip Nutman’s short story collection Cities of Night, ChiZine Publications (CZP) is launching a photography contest to find the “most subtle, creepy, evocative photo of your city—or any city—at night.”
The grand prize winner will have their winning photo posted on the ChiZine Publications website, receive a limited edition, signed hardcover of the book, and 25 postcards with their photo on one side and a short story based on the photo written by Nutman on the other. One hundred more postcards will be passed out at a launch event Nutman will be hosting in Atlanta on May 15, when the book is officially released.
“We’ve done contests in the past, but they’ve involved writing,” says CZP Co-Publisher Brett Alexander Savory. “This breaks the mold a little bit. We take pride in our cover art, and (Art Director) Erik Mohr has been widely recognized for his work, so maybe it’s time to see what our fans can come up with, visually.”
The contest is open to anyone, and each entrant can submit three photos for judging. CZP will select the 10 finalists, with Nutman choosing the winner.
Submissions can be made via email, but also through Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr. The goal of using social media, says Co-Publisher Sandra Kasturi, “is for people to see what others are doing. To get inspired and generate ideas. We’re looking for ‘creepy’ and ‘weird,’ and we’re hoping people with a visual eye can show us just what that means. It could be overt, subtle, close-up, landscape — we’re looking forward to what people submit.”
Full contest rules are available at: Cities of Night