Edgar Allan Poe-stal: A Mail Art Competition for The Big Read - $100 prize

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Edgar Allan Poe-stal: A Mail Art Competition for The Big Read - $100 prize

Time: September 27, 2012 at 6pm to October 10, 2012 at 4pm
Location: International
Event Type: mail, art
Organized By: Rahma Krambo
Latest Activity: Sep 28, 2012

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Event Description

Edgar Allan Poe-stal

A Mail Art Competition for The Big Read 
by the Yuba-Sutter Regional Arts Council

The Rules


Anyone can enter.  There is no cost other than the postage on your piece.  (Please understand that we can’t accept Postage Due items.)

No artwork will be returned or, ahem, considered purloined. The Arts Council reserves the right to display (physically and electronically), give, donate, award, auction or otherwise sell your entered artwork to benefit the arts in the Yuba Sutter region it serves. You may retain and use scans/photos of your entry.

One work will be deemed “Best in Poe” and the artist awarded US $100 and a certificate.

  • All entries will be displayed in an online gallery viewable by anyone worldwide and will serve as artist documentation.
  • Selected pieces will be displayed in public spaces in Yuba and Sutter       Counties, California, USA during The Big Read.


Theme      Your mail art piece must be inspired by the life, themes or work of Edgar Allan Poe and you must tell us how/why.


Entry Procedures      The entry process is two-fold:

(1) send an email to poe@yubasutterarts.org with “Mail Art” in the Subject Line. In the email provide your name and your city/town, state/province and country. We’ll use that email to contact you if you are the winner. 

Also in the email, in 50 words or less, give us the title of your work, if any, and (mandatory) what work by Poe inspired your piece and what about that story or poem spoke to you.  Entries without this element will not be considered.

(2) mail us your art piece.  All work must be postally mailed without an envelope; i.e. the postage has to be ON the actual piece of art.  (It’s a Mail Art Competition, after all!)  Not to be redundant, but: no email or fax submissions will be accepted.


Mail with postmark no later than Oct. 10, 2012 to: 

Edgar Allan Poe-stal

 P.O. Box 2504 

Marysville, CA 95901 USA


Note:  You may enter more than one piece of art.  You may include description of your entries in the same entry email 
but each art piece must be postally mailed separately.

For Artwork Requirements, complete information and contact organization: Yuba Sutter Arts Council

Deadline  Entries must be postmarked no later than October 10, 2012, regardless of which side of the International Date Line you’re on.  We’ll start displaying pieces online on the 12th, in the order  received.

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 28, 2012 at 2:43am

I'll do it for the $100, but I'll need the money up front - and 20% of proceeds from the charity auction. Could you give me the names and numbers of buyers? I want to call them.

It might be cool if you could limit the call to plain bricks. Everyone could mail you a plain brick, and your judge could select the best brick and mail everyone $100.

Comment by Rahma Krambo on September 28, 2012 at 2:38am

This is a contest that is part of our local Big Read event, sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. We have many community events based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe and our funds are limited so the $100 is correct. 

If you're not familiar with the Big Read, it's an initiative designed to restore and encourage reading. Our local Arts Council received a grant two years in a row and is one of only 78 U.S. communities who received a grant this year. 

Hope you decide to enter anyway! 

Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 28, 2012 at 2:17am

I don't know - I usually don't enter a mail-art call unless the prize is at least $1000. Did you make an error in listing the prize money?



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