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image by Leslie Nichols (INDA 9)

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


Calls for written submissions to the INPHA, INDA, and INPA publication series is pausing while Manifest's team focuses on the work of preparing for and transitioning the organization into its new home over the next two years. Once complete, all of Manifest will be housed under one roof and the organization will become The Manifest Center for the Visual Arts, including a bookstore, local art shop, print shop, reference library with reading room, studios dedicated to drawing, painting, printmaking, and darkroom photography, a residency program, and an expansive suite of new galleries.

The publication series will pick back up with INPHA 9 at that time, and we'll reopen our calls for writing then as well.

Please keep Manifest Press's projects on your radar, and consider supporting our nonprofit organization's evolution by collecting and sharing our books. Instructors are encouraged to take advantage of our educator's discount for classroom use. Learn more about our available volumes here.

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 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, the INDA 8 received a bronze medal award in 2015, and in 2013 the INPHA 1 received a bronze medal award in the same ceremony, with the INPHA 5 winning a bronze in 2019, and INPHA 8 winning a gold medal award in 2022. 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.

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 Josephine S. Russell
Charitable Trust

Manifest is supported by sustainability funding 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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