Community Anthology: In This Together

Writers, poets, photographers and artists, preserve our community’s pandemic experience using your craft.  This community anthology is being presented by Western Colorado Writers Forum, Mesa County Libraries, Friends of Mesa County Libraries and Western Colorado Community Foundation. Writers, poets and artists of all ages can submit pieces to be published in a community anthology.  Chosen finalists will receive a free copy of the anthology with their published piece included.


The community anthology’s theme, In This Together, represents our community’s collective weathering of the pandemic experienced from 2020-2021.  This theme should be reflected in all submissions as we document our collective experience as a community.  Writers, poets, photographers and artists are also welcome to submit pieces completed during the pandemic even if the work doesn’t directly reflect the pandemic.  Many perspectives are welcome.

  Some inspiration prompts

  • What is the feeling of isolation? The color? The smell? The taste? The sound?
  • What did you learn about yourself or others during your isolation?
  • What emotions have you felt during COVID that you had not felt before? How would you portray them?
  • Look at the pandemic from another planet, another country, the virus, the antibodies, genes.
  • Has COVID isolation made you feel that we are “In This Together?” How?

The Details

  • Two entries per person (combination entries (i.e. artwork + poetry) are welcome but still should only be no more than two total per person).
  • For written pieces: 700 words maximum
  • For poetry: 30 lines maximum
  • For artwork: at least 200 ppi, JPEG
    • If you are a sculptor, potter or 3-dimensional artist of any kind, you will have to translate your work into a flat image.
  • Because the format is vertical, a vertical or square image will show your work to best advantage. If that is not possible, we will attempt to accommodate.
  • Submissions limited to Mesa County residents, all ages. Residents include both full or part-time residents of Mesa County (i.e., you have a Mesa County mailing address), or those attending Colorado Mesa University.

Important Dates

The submission period is now closed.

  • Submissions Accepted: May 1 – July 1 (midnight) 
  • Review Process: July 2021
  • Chosen entries Announced: August 6, 2021
  • Publication: August 2021
  • For Sale: Fall 2021
  • Community Anthology Exhibit and Public Event: December 2021/January 2022


  • Written or poetry submissions must be in a Word document, 12-point Times New Roman type. Double-spaced preferred for works other than poetry.
  • Work cannot infringe on copyright that isn’t their own. Copyrighted characters are not allowed.
  • Submitted work is original and wholly owned by the author. Submissions should not have been previously published in print or online.
  • One entry per person.
  • Max file size is 10MB.
  • Online registration only.
  • Permission to publish chosen submissions in book form and online will be required at submission.
  • Purchasing books is not required to enter the contest.

For Teachers

  • Submissions require unique email addresses. Do not plan to submit student’s work.
  • Each submission requires permission to publish, which needs to come from the student and their parents/guardians.


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