The Open Space Visitor Center in Albuquerque seeks New Mexico poets to submit “haiku, haiku-like poems, and short one or two line poems” to be presented at their yearly Poets’ Picnic at the Visitor Center in May. Poems must center on the following themes: nature, the seasons, the Rio Grande’s open spaces, plants, animals, ecology, the bosque or environment. You’re invited to send up to 10 original poems, provided they’ve never been published anywhere else. Send your poems to email@example.com, with the following words in your subject line: “Poets’ Picnic Haiku” by Feb. 11. If your poem is picked, it will be written on a weathergram by professional calligraphers and left to hang in the bosque for a year.
The New Mexico Film Office started taking submissions for its annual New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase on Jan. 7. This yearly juried competition is open to New Mexico residents only and there is no fee to enter. Local film and video artists have until March 22 to fill out the paperwork and send in their work. Films must be 30 minutes or less in length. The Showcase culminates in an Awards Ceremony on May 10 at the KiMo Theatre. Awards are handed out to Best in Category, Best in Show, Audience Prize and Wild Card winners. The winning films screen immediately after the awards ceremony and will be spotlighted in a statewide tour taking place throughout the year. Categories for submission include Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Horror, Music Video, Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Student. For complete submission information go to filmfreeway.com/2019NewMexicoFilmmakersShowcase.