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5th Annual Saturday 'Visiter' Awards - Submit your Edgar Allan Poe Inspired Work

Calling all Poe Enthusiasts, submissions needed for the 5th Annual Saturday “Visiter” Awards, due May 30

Rodney Barnes, Maryland-born award-winning writer, producer, and comic book creator, to serve as presenter and guest of honor at awards ceremony in October 2023

It seems like Edgar Allan Poe is everywhere…he is a character in Netflix’s movie The Pale Blue Eye with Christian Bale or find references to the famous writer/poet in the popular hit tv series Wednesday or hear the Austrian Entry in the Eurovision Song Contest “Who the Hell is Edgar?”!  Poe Baltimore has always celebrated the works of the macabre genius so it’s great timing that they are NOW accepting entries for the 5th Annual Saturday “Visiter” Awards. Writers, performers and artists are invited to submit their Poe-inspired works highlighting their greatest original or adapted work from the last three calendar years. The Saturday “Visiter” Awards (SVAs)are an international contest honoring a new generation of artists and writers inspired by the legacy of Edgar Allan Poe and recognizes the best in multiple categories such as film, art, performance, and writing. The deadline for submission is May 30, 2023. For more information, visit https://poefestinternational.com/sva-categories-%26-judges.

Rodney Barnes, Maryland-born award-winning writer, producer, and comic book creator, will be the presenter and guest of honor at the SVA ceremony on October 7, 2023 where the winners will be announced.  Mr. Barnes is currently an executive director and writer for HBO’s new series WINNING TIME: THE RISE OF THE LAKERS DYNASTY, which chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Showtime Lakers during the team’s wild and fast-paced golden years. He is also involved in several other writing and producing projects and is a veteran comic book creator who earned an Eisner Awards nomination for his critically acclaimed graphic novel Killadelphia, which now has a television show in development.

WHAT IS THE SATURDAY “VISITER” AWARDS?

The Saturday “Visiter” Awards are named after the prize a young Poe won in 1833 from the Saturday Visiter, a weekly periodical published in Baltimore. That prize launched the famed writer’s career. The fee for SVA submission is $25 per entry and nominees will be given a ticket to the Black Cat Ball, a prize medal and a “Saturday Visiter Awards” designation for their work.  Details, promotional video and FAQs can be found here: https://poefestinternational.com/saturday-visiter-awards .

Poe Baltimore announces the six-person panel of judges designating winners for 2023. These Edgar Allan Poe experts/enthusiasts include:

  • Christopher Semtner, curator, The Poe Museum (Richmond)
  • Jessica Williams, associate director of special events and Westminster Preservation Trust, Inc at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, Ph.D., distinguished professor of arts and humanities at the College of the Holy Cross
  • Roger MCormack, education coordinator, Poe Cottage (the Bronx, NY)
  • John Edward Marting, Ph.D., librarian, scholar and teacher from Texas/book review editor for the Edgar Allan Poe Review
  • Thomas Brown, board member, Poe Baltimore

Tuesday, May 30 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Theatre, Exhibits, Music

Audience

Everyone

Topic

Arts & Culture

Price

Free

Website

https://poefestinternational.com/sva-...

Contact Email

poebaltimoremanager@gmail.com

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