Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Best Contest Around


I love this photograph.
It's the prompt for Jason Evan's The Clarity of Night Contest which opens today.
Complete and clear directions on how to enter may be found on his blog, linked above.
Even if you do not feel compelled to enter, please stop by to read the entries as they are posted each day for the duration of the contest. They will be many and varied and vital.
Did I say I love this photograph?
Images cascade: The folk rhyme: One crow, sorrow. Two crows, joy; Odin's ravens: Huginn and Muninn (Thought and Memory), omens, sorceries, scavengers, avatars, Thunderbirds, Tricksters, black wings, broken wings, winged gods, nervermores...
They are right you know,
Fear is like black wings,
swooping and soft,
That hover like a raven
Outside your window.
And sometimes the feathers
Flicker against the panes.


24 comments:

Vesper said...

So I guess you're thinking or you're already writing a story for the contest, Bernita... :-)

Bernita said...

This round I happen to be thinking of one, Vesper, but that's not why I am pimping the contest.
The entries always, always make great reading, and I think it is a wonderful initiative by Jason.

Scott from Oregon said...

I've looked at that photo about three times now. I still got nothin'!

BernardL said...

I too love the photo. I'm waiting for inspiration to write an entry though. :)

Bernita said...

Relax, Scott, Bernard. The contest runs until the 13th. There's time for inspiration to strike.

raine said...

I would definitely agree this is one of the best contests around. Love the challenge of the word limitation, and ESPECIALLY love reading the variety of entries.

And I, too, admire the photo, and haven't thought of a thing!

(Btw--love the snippet of poem...is it yours, Bernita?)

Bernita said...

Raine, the entries are fantastic. Jason has five up already, and they are GOOD.
Yep. One written long, long ago.The Fiddlehead published it.

Demon Hunter said...

I've never participated in this contest. I may do so this time. :-D

Bernita said...

Oh, I hope you do, my Demon!

Lana Gramlich said...

Ironically, I took much the same picture back in Canada years ago...

Bernita said...

Lucky girl, Lana!
(or a patient one...I imagine it would be hard to capture)

Four Dinners said...

Me???? Naughty????

...oops...;-)

Happy New Year babe x

Bernita said...

It's such a nice word...

laughingwolf said...

wunderbra... thx bernita, if not for you, i'd not know of this

at least i have a week to come up with something...

Bernita said...

Please try, LW. You have a real talent for this sort of thing.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

That photo reminded me of a great scene I saw in Wales. It was right on dusk and ravens were flying in to roost in this broken down ruin of an abbey with skeleton stone walls silhouetted against a pale grey sky. It was so atmospheric and I still recall it when I need to feel that kind of eeriness for my writing.

Bernita said...

"I still recall it when I need to feel that kind of eeriness for my writing"

Yes, yes, yes, Suzanne! Thank you for defining what I've sometimes done unconsciously by holding an image in my mind.
Pictures can be both a -> and a <- writing tool, a cause or a conclusion.

BTW, I could see your example from your description.

StarvingWriteNow said...

All I keep thinking of is Poe and "Nevermore!" and sweet lost Lenore...

I think I need more coffee, lol.

Bernita said...

Not at all, SWN, made me think of "The Raven" too.
Don't think anyone has done a re-take of Poe's poem yet over at Jason's, but there are lots of terrific entries.The variety is wonderful.

Charles Gramlich said...

I thought I might get a chance to enter but it's not looking good.

Bernita said...

I did late yesterday, more out of ritual than anything.

laughingwolf said...

thx bernita...

have and idea bubbling, somewhere

Kristi said...

Love the photo and love the blog! I swore not to follow anything new this week but I give up...

Thanks for the post!

Bernita said...

So nice of you, Kristi. Thank you for stopping by.