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Call for Writing
Critical, Philosophical, Creative, Narrative, Poetic, or Historical Works
Related to the Practices of DRAWING, PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, or the Subject of LIGHT

NOTE: Learn more about Manifest's publications here. All participating authors receive a complimentary copy of the finished book their work is featured in.

The award-winning International Drawing Annual (INDA) was launched in 2005, the International PAINTING Annual (INPA) was launched in 2010, and the award-winning International Photography Annual (INPHA) launched in 2012. These three annual publications represent the primary output of Manifest Press which documents the organization's collaborations with artists from around the world through carefully designed publications and has the goal to make Manifest's visual art projects accessible to the public everywhere, especially outside its own region.

Manifest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our book projects complement our gallery exhibition program by expanding our inquiry into the creative efforts of artists working today, and serve to document the exceptional results for posterity, distributing the unique collection of artists and works in each book around the world.


With the inclusion of a call for writing Manifest eagerly pursues a deeper understanding of how the disciplines featured in our three annual publications are realized, discussed, and interpreted in contemporary society. Works of writing will be selected to complement the body of artwork chosen for inclusion in the publication, (independent of any particular work of art). Text pieces are commonly included at the start of the book, as an introduction to the 'exhibit in print'.

Written entries can be in any form (poetic, historical, technical, creative, narrative, philosophical) but should be directly relevant to one of the disciplines indicated (drawing, painting, photography/light) and must be original works with proper citation for quoted material. Length of written entries should be limited to a max. of approximately 1500 words. Written entries should not be mere artist statements, referring to specific works. They should be considered relative to inclusion in books which are primarily exhibitions-in-print (focused on images), and that written works are selected to give a poignant boost to the readers' experience of the entire collection of art presented in the pages.

While this is an ongoing or rolling call for submissions, each project has an annual deadline. All written entries relevant to any given topic received by that project's deadline will be considered for inclusion in that or future books.


Manifest's call for writing is open to any author/artist submitting original works. Authors, professors, poets, artists, designers, illustrators, professionals, and students in ALL disciplines are encouraged to submit. Manifest is eager to receive a wide range of submissions of excellent writing.

Jury and Curator
Written submissions will be juried by a 9-12 member panel of professional and academic volunteer advisors with a broad range of expertise. The jury will then pass along their scores to the project curator who will assemble the final selections from the jury-approved pool.

Each artist/author selected for inclusion in any given book will receive one complimentary copy of that publication. The books produced for this ongoing project have increased in page count and print quality each year, with the most recent publication reaching 184 pages in length. In 2011, the INDA 5 was awarded a national silver medal award from the Independent Publishers Association in their New York City ceremony, and in 2013 the INPHA 1 received a bronze medal award in the same ceremony. Manifest's books are distributed to bookstores and university libraries across the country, including museum bookstores, and are available through as well as at Manifest Gallery and on the Manifest website. Arts patrons, artists, professors, and art students around the world collect our publications. The books are offered at an academic discount to professors, students, and institutions of learning around the world.

Entry Fee
$12 per submitted work. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited. Entry fee must be paid by U.S. check or money order made payable to MANIFEST, or by credit card via PayPal. Beyond this nominal fee, the requirements spelled out here there are NO hidden costs or obligations associated with participation, and NO obligation to purchase copies of the printed publication.

What is my fee used for?
Manifest is a decade-old 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization operated mostly by artists and professors, for artists, with no reserve or endowment. All proceeds from entry fees help fund project-related expenses, including design, printing, and distribution of the publication.

Text Entries
Authors can choose to submit written entries in either Word or PDF format. Written entries must be submitted electronically via e-mail attachment and file names must follow the guidelines provided below.

To send via email: (send to: The email should include the author's full name as subject along with 'WRITING submission'. Submission files must meet the following specifications:

All entry files must be named with author's last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number as noted on the entry form (i.e. Jones_Mike_1.pdf). Please DO NOT include any other information in the file name, such as title of work, etc.


Please do NOT submit resume, c.v., bio, or other text info.

Please do NOT submit links to files (Google Docs or otherwise). Please attach files directly to one or more emails. 

If for any reason you submit your entry form more than once, only the most recent form will be retained in our system. All previous forms will be deleted. If you decide to submit additional work later, or need to correct information on your form, you’ll need to submit a new form containing ALL the works for the exhibit.


As stated above, written submissions can be made at any time throughout the year. However below are the general timeframes for each given project. Any deadline extensions for entries of visual work will also apply to writing:

March 1, 2022

December 31, 2022

December 31, 2023







For each book it can take up to the final stages of the publication layout for written submissions to be finalized. It takes about a year from selection of the visual work for us to have the books produced. Selection process for writing is quite varied, but we do notify of the final decision once it is made.


** note that our notification emails are sometimes not received due to aggressive filtering by email servers on the recipient side. For this reason we also post the results of the jury on the project page of the website soon after sending the notifications (usually within a week or two). We encourage all entrants to white list (allow) email from the domain to help ensure our communications arrive.


Entry Checklist

Completed entry form (online required)

U.S. check, money order, or credit card through PayPal (payable to Manifest)

Digital document formatted as directed (e-mailed is preferred)


If sending through the USPS, mail any materials to:

Attn: WRITING Submission
P.O. Box 6218
Cincinnati, OH 45206

e-mail with questions


PLEASE feel free to print, share, or forward this information. The success of the INPA will rely largely on word-of-mouth publicity.)


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Manifest's 19th season is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about Manifest's mission for the visual arts.

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