Archive for March 4, 2010

Indie and Small Press Book Fair in NYC this weekend!

In addition to all the great art fairs in NYC, the Center for Independent Publishing is hosting the 22nd Annual Indie and Small Press Book Fair.  Don’t miss “Making The Pitch” and other educational offerings too!

March 6th & 7th from 10:00 – 5:00

General Society Library

20 West 44th Street
(btw. 5th & 6th Aves.)
10:00 am – 5:00 pm both days

Admission is free!

Room 404 will feature great programming including:
Saturday, March 6th:

11:30 – 12:00 PM
Maria Filice of  Food & Fate Publishing will presents Breaking Bread in L’Aquila, reviewed in Library Journal as a “wonderful book…will appeal to foodies and cooks looking for effortless Italian cooking.”

12:00-1:00 PM
“It’s Easier Than You Think: Raising A Passionate Reader” with Nancy Newman
In this informal workshop, Nancy Newman will share simple but effective parenting “secrets” that help all children – pre-readers, precocious readers and dyslexics – become skilled avid readers.

1:00-2:00 PM
“Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye”
New York literary agent Katharine Sands takes participants step-by-step through the success checklist for getting-published.

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Strangers Gate Books presents Uyghur Poet Aisha Kashgari
Three Rooms Press presents Peter Carlaftes, with “A Year on Facebook,” and poets George Wallace (“Poppin’ Johnny”) and Jane Ormerod (“Recreational Vehicles on Fire”)
Brown Paper Publishing presents Goodloe Byron
Colin Broderick (praised by Colum McCann as “one of those younger writers who make sense of where we are right now”) reads from his memoir Orangutan.

4:00 PM
“Presses in Transition”
Lawrence Soehnel of People’s Pages/Coral Press will facilitate a discussion of the realities of technological change for independent publishing. Audience participation is encouraged.

Sunday, March 7th:

12:00 – 12:30
Fractious Press presents Buzz Poole
Greenpoint Press will present Mark Goldblatt, reading from his novel Sloth.

12:30 – 1:00
GNYIPA presents:
Norm Beim
Kay Williams
Francine L. Trevens, TnT Classic Books, speaks on art/aches of doing an anthology.

1:00 – 2:00
Golden Heritage presentation on Margaret Fuller
Intima Press presents on the typesetting of the Declaration of Independence, which was originally printed by Mary Katharine Goddard.

2:00-3:00 PM
David Mathison, author of Be the Media, will discuss how authors and media creators can use social media to promote their work.

3:00-4:00 PM
William Powers ( will talk about his environmental and aid work that led to the booksWhispering in the Giant’s Ear, an account of his life and activism in Bolivia, and the forthcoming Twelve by Twelve: A One Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream, about an American physician’s efforts at creating a sustainable life.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the New York State Council for the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York Council for the Humanities.


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March 5th Deadlines, AIGA Competitions: Design Annual, and 50 Books/50 Covers

Two of my favorite competitions of the year!  The exhibitions for both of these are always on my “MVS MUST” lists.

From the AIGA website:

Call for Entries

365: AIGA Annual Design Competition 31

365 call for entries

A distinguished jury of design exemplars selects the best work across all disciplines of communication design and strategy created in 2009. The selections become part of the AIGA Design Archives and a traveling exhibition that debuts at the AIGA National Design Center in New York.

DEADLINE:  MARCH 5, 2010.   To read submission guidelines, click here.

Call for Entries

AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009 competition

50/50 call for entries

This time-honored juried competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and book covers of 2009 to become part of the AIGA Design Archives and a traveling exhibition that debuts at the AIGA National Design Center in New York.

To read submission guidelines, click here.

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March 8th Deadline 10 Best 10 Competition

From the WIN-Initiative website:


WIN-Initiative’s 10 BEST 10 International Competition is a definitive showcase of the very best of contemporary photography. This photo competition offers excellent exposure to both leading edge and emerging photographers that like to think outside the box. The competition is open to any creative photo artist and the subject matter may range, but we’re mostly interested in your cutting-edge personal work. WIN provides an opportunity for international editorial exposure plus a peer review of your work by esteemed judges, each influential in their field of expertise. Winners will be selected on the basis of concept and originality, as well as coherence in style.


WIN helps discover and support innovative and emerging talent worldwide. For our 2010 competition we are partnering up with ten prominent magazines that share our creative vision and emphasis on global urban youth culture. It is our intent for the 10 BEST 10 photographers to enjoy as much cross platform promotion and worldwide exposure as possible.


This 10 BEST 10 has two stages.

FIRST STAGE: The editors from each of our partner magazines will pick ten winners total (The 10 BEST 10) based on the entries from their region. They assign their winners a photo shoot to be executed for their magazine. Each winner will win a DSLR camera. Winners will be required to document their entire photo production on the video function of their new camera or on an alternate mini cam.

SECOND STAGE: The magazine submits their layout, featuring your work. A distinguished jury will award a Grand Prize of $3000 to the most outstanding layout and photography.


How easy is this? There are NO categories.
SIMPLY SEND US YOUR TEN BEST IMAGES! Multiple entries are allowed.


Entries must be submitted by March 8th, 2010


The fee for each entry is TEN dollars. An entry consists of TEN images. Photographers are allowed to submit multiple entries.”

To see the latest entries submitted to this contest, click here.

To read FAQ’s about this contest, click here.

To Register for this contest, click here.

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March 4-7th Verge Art Fair ASMPNY Haiti Relief Fundraiser

From the ASMPNY website:

“ASMPNY is proud to be producing a fundraiser for DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS‘ Haiti Relief Efforts at the VERGE ART FAIR, NYC, March 4th – 7th. Curated by ELIZABETH AVEDON.

More than 100 prints donated by ASMP members will be on sale for $100 each at a booth donated by the Verge Art Fair and 100% of all sales go directly to DWB.

Stop by our Booth at the fair!! Take home some great art!! And support Doctors Without Borders!!

Work available from John Dolan, Aaron Lee Fineman, Deborah Gilbert, Robert Hooman, Michelle Kawka, Salem Krieger, Stephen Mallon, Cynthia Matthews, Philip Mauro, Margaret McCarthy, Viviane Moos, Clayton Price, Susan May Tell, Gilberto Tadday, and more!

Please click here for a PDF with more information

Thursday, 4 March, Noon – 6 pm

Thursday, 4 March, 6 to 10 pm

Friday & Saturday, 5 – 6 March, Noon to 8 pm
Sunday, 7 March, Noon to 6 pm

Opening night preview: $20
General admission: $10
Students and Seniors: $5
Free Pass available for download from Verge’s FaceBook Fan Page – Verge Art Fair FACEBOOK FANPASS

The Dylan Hotel
52 East 41st Street, New York

Thank you VERGE ART FAIR –


Click here for more information about DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS’ relief efforts in Haiti

*PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Professional Preview is given to press and VIP(both Verge, Armory Show and Volta cards are accepted) cardholders only.
The Opening Night Preview is for those cardholders and for paid public admission.

For more information contact:
Stephen Mallon – – 917.554.3871
Susan May Tell – – 917.733.6553″

To view a few of the prints that have been donated, visit Elizabeth Avedon’s blog by clicking here.

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