Fall for the Book Seeks Poster Designs

Posted: March 28, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: April 1, 2013 at 7:16 am

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By Frances Womble

The 2012 Fall for the Book poster

The 2012 Fall for the Book poster

Organizers of Fall for the Book, the annual regional book conference based at George Mason University each September, are asking book lovers to tap into their inner artist and submit a design to the festival’s poster competition celebrating the interaction between readers and writers.

The winning poster will be printed over the summer and distributed throughout the area to serve as the cornerstone of the marketing campaign for the festival’s 15th year.

Art Taylor, assistant professor in the English Department and marketing director of Fall for the Book, encourages artists to be creative in their designs.

“It’s interesting how persistent certain motifs have been in previous years, most of them drawing on the name of the festival,” he says.  “A lot of the imagery is related to leaves or trees or by books themselves. While many of those images are often beautiful, an artist who steps outside of the conventional images might well be able to make an impact this year.”

Festival staff will judge all entries, and the artist of the winning design will receive a prize of $500.

Entries must be 18 inches by 24 inches but may be vertical or horizontal.

In order to be considered, the poster must include:

Artists may also want to highlight the following information:

  • Six days
  • Nearly 150 authors
  • Readings, discussions, performances and more
  • Throughout Northern Va., D.C. and Md.

All two-dimensional creations, including computer-generated images, will be considered.  Festival staff asks that artists seal charcoal and pastel entries with a fixative spray to prevent smearing.  Entries should not be laminated, matted or framed.

“We’ve seen all kinds of entries, mostly figurative art but some abstract pieces,” Taylor says.  “Some have been computer assisted, and others have been watercolors.  Some have been from students, while others have been from professional artists.  In short, both the artists and the entries are a varied bunch.”

Artists should put their name, address, phone number and email address on the back of each poster they submit.  All entries must be postmarked by April 30 and mailed to Fall for the Book Festival, English Department – MS3E4, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., 22030.

For more information about Fall for the Book and additional submission details, see the website.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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