(it's the second contest on that page)
Deadline: Post-marked January 29, 2011
A $2000 grand prize!
Painting by Rollin Kocsis
About Writing & Prisms: A prism is an object with flat, polished surfaces that refract light - a story, well-polished can create light where none existed -- How 'bout that Mr. Newton?
In Newton's time, it was believed that white light was colourless, and that the prism itself produced the colour. Newton's experiments convinced him that all the colours already existed in the light. He arrived at his conclusion by passing the colour red from one prism to another, finding the original colour unchanged -- thus, the prism did not create colours, but merely separated colours that are already there.
Okay, I'll cut out the metaphors. Every good writer knows the importance of using all senses in their writing. Today, I thought I'd tip my hat to colour. I love the colour red.
In my novel, the character of Sabine:
"Sabine sat there, just as red sits on top of a rainbow—glowing, expectant, and intense".
Contrast the line above with this:
Moon above water
Sit in solitude
This is the power of light and colour!