With our powers combined

Like the Planeteers before us, HOOT has been asked to help out. Monologging chief editor, Jeffrey F. Barkin, is teaming up with our editors and Monologging artist, Dara Lorenzo, to judge their “Picture Paused” spring contest.

Here’s How It Works:

  1. From March to May 31st, both writers and artists are encouraged to submit an original image or photograph along with a brief accompanying piece (fewer than 100 words of either poetry or fiction) that corresponds with the image.
  2. The writing should add either the essence of a character, portray a certain mood, or set the stage of imminent action. Participants can collaborate to create composite media, or submit solo.
  3. Submit via Submittable.
  4. Make sure to check out the Monologging Facebook page for the entries we’ve been showcasing so far.

All submissions are subject to review by Monologging and HOOT. Only entries approved by the staff will be published.

The awesome prizes

prize 11st place winner receives $50 and a one year subscription to HOOT, as well as “In One Place But Not the Other,” an original work of art by Monologging artist, Dara Lorenzo.




prize 22nd place received $25 and a one year subscription to HOOT, as well as “Luckey,” an original work of art by Dara Lorenzo.




prize 33rd place receives $15 and a one year subscription to HOOT, as well as “Screamer,” an original work of art by Dara Lorenzo.





Runners up will receive a one year subscription to HOOT.

People’s Choice Prize:

Since this is a contest where the focus is on collaboration, we need the input of our social media followers as well! Throughout the duration of the contest, “Pictured Pause” entries will be selected and entered to win an additional People’s Choice Prize of $25.

The selected candidates will have their entry posted as the “picture of the day” on Monologging’s Facebook.  So be sure to round up all of your friends and get them to like your work. The entry that receives the most likes over the course of the contest wins.

A little about Monologging’s judges:

Jeffrey F. Barken, editor and founder of Monologging.org, is a novelist and a reporter. He  is the author of “This Year in Jerusalem,” a collection of fiction stories loosely based on his experiences as a kibbutz volunteer in Israel, 2009-10. In 2013, Jeffrey traveled to Europe and Israel to conduct a promotional book tour for his self-designed and self-published book. He has recently returned to New York City where he is completing work on a new novel, entitled: “All the Lonely Boys in New York.”

Dara Lorenzo was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1983. She attended West Virginia University for Painting, 2001-2004 and received her B.S in Printmaking from Towson University in 2008. Most recently, she has completed an MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Dara’s current work explores the claiming of spaces, through treading and marking. With a focus on the expressive forms found in carving, writing, construction and deconstruction, her work discovers the way we inhabit places and change them to suit our personalities and daily lives. Dara’s latest photography project involves collaborating with strangers who interact with places in a unique way. She develops her photography pieces through a photo-intaglio print process. To read about Dara’s work and some of the San Francisco artists in her circle, please visit KQED Arts.


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