Writing/art contest at Fukurou

Our contest is officially closed- We had 88 submissions. Please read below to find out more about the exciting opportunity for Maine authors. Thank you all for your participation.

We will do another next year- so stay tuned!

This is the resulting book:

Front cover art: Vanishing Point by Yorozuya Yohaku

Photographic Art by Yorozuya Yohaku and Ramona du Houx

To purchase the gallery edition please visit Gallery Fukurou's store HERE. Or on amazon.

Last spring The Solon Center for Research and Publishing (SCRP) held a contest to give unknown writers in Maine an opportunity to be published in a book with photographic art that depicts Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions. The result was pleasantly overwhelming with 88 stories submitted. In the end the 27 stories were published to accompany 23 images in Coastal Maine in Words and Art.

Seventeen writers told stories with depth, insight, candor, irony, wit and humor. Anyone who has ever visited Maine’s coast will be able to relate to them. They’ve put humankind’s instinctive emotional connection to the sea into words.

The writers are: Mark Aufiery, Eola Ball, S.M. Belair, M. E. Brinton, Donna Chellis, Diana Coleman, Steve Feeney, N.T. Franklin, Lee Heffner, Donna Hinkley, Khristina Marie Landers, Rosemarie Nervelle, Ed Peele, Lynn Smith, Sandra Sylvester, Lee Van Dyke, and John Holt Willey.

Fine art photographers Yohaku Yorozuya and Ramona du Houx provided the art which is currently on exhibit at the Solon Center's gallery- Fukurou Gallery along with a gallery edition book for sale. Gallery Fukurou, 20 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841. www.galleryfukurou.com

All book sales go into a SCRP fund for a project of the same nature next year. We’re want to thank The Maine Humanities Council for providing a grant to help the project.


Contest Announcement:

The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is pleased to announce a writing contest. It’s our first writing project in conjunction with an exhibit at Gallery Fukurou of Rockland.

In September we will host an exhibit of new work from two fine art photographers, Yohaku Yorozuya and Ramona du Houx. The images will depict Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions. The combination will marry visual arts with the written word, and help Maine’s creative economy flourish.

The challenge for writers will be to choose one photograph and write a story based on the image. The stories and photographs will be published in book that will be sold during the exhibit, on amazon, in the gallery, and worldwide through Ingram. 

All the short stories must be rooted in the photograph the writer selects.

This is a unique new platform for writers and artists in Maine. Be inspired!

The opening night of the exhibit will also be a book signing night celebration with authors.

Every writer published will receive a free book and promotion of their story on our multiple platforms.

Please view the bottom of this page to read a submission by Lee Heffner that has been approved and will be in our book. Be creative. Let the image “speak” to you. Let it draw you in. If it stirs a memory, great. If it creates and idea, fantastic. Everything will be read, all is welcome. Try!


  • All writers must reside in Maine.
  • You may submit more than one story.
  • Maximum word count of 800 words.
  • Attach your word document, with your name and contact information, or copy and paste your story, in e-mail to ramonahoux@gmail.com .
  • Electronic submission only.
  • No poetry.
  • Deadline for submissions is May 27, 2019.
  • The exhibit will be in August. 

Building community—

There are scores of writers in Maine who have not been afforded an opportunity to be published, yet some of their works are gems. One writer told me they don’t have avenues to exhibit as artists do so they can’t show people their work as readily. We’re bridging that divide to expand their scope of influence.

By publishing short stories of theirs inspired by art photographs new avenues will organically grow for them as more people will read their work.

 In addition, bringing the artistic community together with wordsmiths offers exciting unforeseen collaborations. The Solon Center for Research and Publishing will be there to foster new projects that arise from this pilot initiative. 

Please go HERE to view the images to choose from.