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1. an inspiring or animating action or influence. 2. Theology:

  1. a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.

  2. the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.

Inspiration - These are the cumulative stories, poems, prose, pictures and paintings that all of you have submitted about your self-reflection, growth, fears, dreams and all the hope you have experienced dealing with tragedy during COVID, Cancer or Alzheimer's. 

Submission Information

SHORT SHORT STORIES -  must be between two and five pages in length, and no less than 500 and no more than 2,000 words and submitted in pdf. format.  


All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page.  We are asking that you include  a brief biographical note with your submissions.

Photographs and Illustrations

1. Image File Specifications:

  1. jpg files only

  2. 1000 pixels for the LONGEST edge

    • For a horizontal picture = width

    • For a vertical picture = height

  3. File size around 300kbs, please optimize your images for web

    • This is done easily using Photoshop Export > Save for Web

    • See below for detailed instructions or how to optimize for web with various software

  4. No borders or watermarks - Please do not include borders or watermarks, ask if you have questions about what is acceptable

Instructions for saving your images for web in various software applications - here.


2. File Naming:

  1. Please name the files with your first name and last name (given name then surname) and a number. Use the same name that you list in your email as your name.

  2. No spaces, dashes, parenthesis or other non letter/number characters. You can put an underscore or dash between first and last name if you would like. 

Example for "Susan Smith" =  SusanSmith1.jpg,  SusanSmith2.jpg etc.


3. Email:

  1. Subject line of your email should indicate which issue you are submitting your work to - issue # and issue name

  2. Please send your images in 1 email

  3. Please try to attach the image files not embed them,

    1. Don't share them using Google Drive, or other file sharing applications.

    2. A zip file is fine, no .rar files please

  4. Please put all submission information as text in your email not as attached documents. Only images should be attached.

  5. Please do not send PDFs or other text files.


4. Please Include With Your Entry:

  1. Name - not in all capital letters please. First (given) name, then Last (surname) name.

  2. Location - where you live currently

  3. Titles for your photographs in a numbered list.

    • Please write out each title as you would want it to appear

    • Please have the list numbers match your file numbers.

    • You can include a series or project name with each title.

    • Keep in mind titles can be a great way to provide context for your work if it is part of the group exhibition.


By submitting written stories, poetry, photos and illustrations for publication on the PASUE: website or in the published books, you are stipulating to us that you own copyright to these photographs or have permission from the copyright holder to submit these photographs. You are granting PAUSE: a non-exclusive license to use your submission in its submitted form, subject to re-sizing to fit the format for publication on the Pause website or publication(s) for as long as the website exists. Please note your work may remain available in our archive for as long as the website exists. By submitting your work to us you are also giving us permission to use it for promotional purposes on sites such as, and so forth and to put the PAUSE logo on it.

No work published on this website may be downloaded, stored, printed, manipulated, distributed, or used in any form without prior written permission from the copyright holder. Works published on this website are protected under domestic and international copyright laws and are not considered to be public domain.

All proceeds from published material go towards research and development organizations, housing organizations and website - funding and maintenance costs.

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