A: To my knowledge, the Page One Literary Art Gallery will be the first of its kind, as we only recently came up with the concept!
Q: What exactly is displayed/showcased in this exhibit and in what way?
A: A single page of original creative writing in any genre, not previously published (this last bit was not mentioned in the contest rules when they were first sent out, but should have been--Oops). May be a single poem. May be the first page of a short story with a note that reads: "to read the rest of this story go to www.ecuenglishtalk.blogspot.com." (Or it might not have such a note if there's nothing else besides the first page.) Everything that goes on the page and how it gets there (font, design, etc.) is up to the author. That single piece of paper will be centered on a large black posterboard that will serve as its frame. The frames will be mounted on easels that will be scattered around the Ada Arts and Heritage Center in the way that paintings might be scattered around an art gallery.
Q: What happens with the submissions?
A: When we get the submissions, we mount them and display them at the Ada Arts and Heritage Gallery, where they may be seen on the night of the Scissortail Wrap Party. We also dedicate space to them on the ecuenglisthtalk website. Once all the submissions are in, our judges determine which ones are "outstanding." Awards will come in the form of book-buying gift certificates at the Scissortail book table.
Q: I see that readers of the Scissortail Writing Fest are not eligible for the prizes or awards, but are we welcome/encouraged to submit material for this event anyway? Or is it meant to showcase a more specific target talent?
A: The gift certificates are for authors who are not a part of the scheduled program, but everyone, including authors in the scheduled program, is very much welcome to submit something.