monologging logo jan 10 2014 black (1)unnamedIntroducing

“Pictured Pause”

-A new contest hosted by and HOOT



This spring, pause and snap a picture! and HOOT are teaming up to offer fantastic prizes for writers with a sharp eye and the right words to describe the scene. The contest will be judged by editor, Jeffrey F. Barken, Hoot editors, AmandaVacharat, Jane-Rebecca Cannarella, Dorian Geisler and artist, Dara Lorenzo.

Here’s How It Works:

1.) Beginning March 1st, and running through May 31st, writers and artists are invited to submit an original image or photograph and brief (no more than 100 word) accompanying paragraph of poetry or fiction that is in conversation with their picture.

2.) The writing element should add either the essence of a character, portray a mood or set the stage for imminent action… Participants can collaborate to create their composite media or submit solo.

3.) Submit via Submittable. $3.00 entry fee.

4.) Submit as often as you like.

*Note: All submissions are subject to review by Monologging and Hoot Judges. Only entries approved by our staff will be published.



“In One Place But Not The Other” by Dara Lorenzo



1st place receives $50.00. 1 yr. subscription to Hoot’s postcard review of {mini} poetry and prose, and “In One Place But Not The Other,” original artwork by Monologging artist, Dara Lorenzo.





“Luckey” by Dara Lorenzo




2nd Place Receives $25.00, 1 yr subscription to Hoot, and “Luckey,” original artwork by Dara Lorenzo.




“Screamer” by Dara Lorenzo




3rd Place Receives $15, 1 yr subscription to Hoot, and “Screamer,” original artwork by Dara Lorenzo.




*Additional 1 yr Hoot subscriptions will be granted to the first 3 runners-up.


*People’s Choice Prize* & Hoot seek input from their followers on social media. Throughout the duration of the contest, worthy “Pictured Pause” entries will be selected and entered to win an additional “Peoples Choice Prize” of $25.00.

Selected “People’s Choice” candidates will have their entry posted as the “picture of the day” on’s facebook page.

(This will be done on a rolling basis, so the sooner people begin entering the contest, the sooner we’ll have media to present)

Round up your friends and get them to Like your work. The entry that receives the most positive feedback over the course of the contest wins!

Judge Bios

Jeffrey F. Barken

Jeffrey F. Barken


Jeffrey F. Barkeneditor and founder of, is a novelist and a reporter. He  is the author of “This Year in Jerusalem,” a collection of fiction stories loosely based on his experiences as a kibbutz volunteer in Israel, 2009-10. In 2013, Jeffrey traveled to Europe and Israel to conduct a promotional book tour for his self-designed and self-published book. He has recently returned to New York City where he is completing work on a new novel, entitled: “All the Lonely Boys in New York.”



Dara Lorenzo

Dara Lorenzo


Dara Lorenzo was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1983. She attended West Virginia University for Painting, 2001-2004 and received her B.S in Printmaking from Towson University in 2008. Most recently, she has completed an MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Dara’s current work explores the claiming of spaces, through treading and marking. With a focus on the expressive forms found in carving, writing, construction and deconstruction, her work discovers the way we inhabit places and change them to suit our personalities and daily lives. Dara’s latest photography project involves collaborating with strangers who interact with places in a unique way. She develops her photography pieces through a photo-intaglio print process. To read about Dara’s work and some of the San Francisco artists in her circle, please visit KQED Arts.

Amanda Vacharat is an editor and founder and the art director of HOOT. Her work has been published in elimaeMonkeyBicycle, and elsewhere. She has trained her cat to stand up and lie down on command, and is currently working on a young adult novel.

Dorian Geisler, Editor/Co-Founder of HOOT, is a professor of poetry in Arcadia University’s MFA program. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Believer, Hayden’s Ferry Review, LVNG, and the Berkeley Poetry Review.  His first book, from McSweeney’s will appear in late 2016. 

Jane-Rebecca Cannarella is an editor at HOOT Review, a cat lady, and a Nutella enthusiast. her work has been published in Hobart, Crack the Spine, and Right Hand Pointing among many others. She is a contributing writer for SSG Music; and when not poorly playing the piano, she chronicles the many ways that she embarrasses herself at the website