Contest Winners

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California Writers Club announces a new CWC member-only book project for 2024. Vision and Verse, a fusion of Art and Photography.

There are two phases to this project.

Phase One is an art and photography contest open to members only. The CWC member-only art contest begins on December 1, 2023 through January 15, 2024. Member artists and photographers are invited to submit a digital image of their artwork and thought-provoking photography to this CWC contest. (The submission form is below.)

In Phase Two the winning art will be published and used as the inspiration in a call for poetry and short prose submissions to appear in Vision and Verse.

Submitted poetry and prose will be judged and selected poems and prose will be published in 2024 along with the winning art in CWC’s Vision and Verse, ekphrastic book.

Details regarding Phase Two submissions will be posted on the CWC website after the contest.



  • The first-place winner will be featured on the cover, receive a $100 prize, and a copy of Vision and Verse.
  • The second and third place winners will receive $50 each, and a copy of Vision and Verse.
  • All other artists whose work is selected will receive a copy of Vision and Verse.

Submission guidelines:

  • Artwork: We welcome original paintings, drawings and illustrations.
  • Photography: original photographs only.
  • All submissions must be submitted in a jpg format.
  • Submissions must be received no later than January 15, 2024.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed.
  • There is a $10 fee for each submission.


We look forward to seeing your talent shine in the CWC’s 2024 Vision and Verse. The winning art will appear in the next issue of CWC Bulletin.

See contest judges below the submission form.

Pay $10 Submission Fee with PayPal or credit card.


Cheryl Maeder

Cheryl Maeder is a renowned photographer and video/sound Installation artist, whose work revolves around the theme of ‘connection’– the connection to oneself, others, all life forms, and the environment. Born in New Jersey and having studied at the Zurich University of the Arts, Cheryl’s photography work inspired the Dove Campaign on Real Women, Real Beauty, revolutionizing the portrayal of women in global media. Based in Miami, Cheryl’s artistic pursuits have expanded to encompass filmmaking, fine art photography, video installations, and large-scale installations tackling pressing issues like climate change. Her work is featured in various permanent collections and has been exhibited extensively in the United States, South America, and Europe, including The Louvre Museum, Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome.

Les Bernstein

Les Bernstein is an award-winning poet. Her poems have appeared in journals, literary publications and anthologies in the United States and internationally. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Les has been the editor of the annual Redwood Writers Anthologies since 2018 and was the editor of the Marin High School Anthology in 2018. Finishing Line Press has published her three chapbooks and her full-length book Loose Magic which is available on Amazon. She lives in Mill Valley, California with her enormous family.