Short on Words



What’s The Story?

The answer may surprise you!

Dr. William Demray has been taking pictures for most of his life. Five years ago he opened up his photo albums for aspiring writers to peruse. The photographic journey continues and once again authors are asked to take a look at the Doc’s photos and answer this simple question – “What’s the story?”

The 5th Edition of the Short on Words competition is underway. Young authors (17 years of age and younger) are invited to choose one of four select photos. Adult authors (18 years of age and older) can choose from a field of six. Poems and/or short stories should be 1,500 words or less, and they must address one of the featured photos.* The deadline for entry is April 21, 2017. Grand prize for both Young Authors and Adult Authors is $100! (*Authors may submit more than one entry.)

Subject photos, criteria and entry forms can be found online at – click on PD Contest Page. Photos are on display at Preservation Dental – the office of Dr. William S. Demray
(371 E. Main St. corner of Griswold and Main St. in downtown Northville), at the Northville Public Library (212 W. Cady St. in downtown Northville) and at the Northville Art House (215 W. Cady St. in downtown Northville).

Short on Words is the literature arm of Northville’s Arts & Acts Festival. The annual writing event has been well received across the state of Michigan – with participating authors from Northville, Novi, Livonia, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Gibraltar, Fraser, South Lyon, Grand Rapids – and several other cities across the state.    Preservation Dental is the proud sponsor of this literary contest.

Dr. Demray is always amazed by the creative interpretations of the photos. Of course, he knows the nature of each photo firsthand. Demray enjoys reading the stories: “I am always surprised by the answer to “what’s the story?” in the eye of a talented writer.”

Applications and Subject Photos:

Short on Words Adult photos and entry forms 2017

Short on Words Young Author Entry Form

Short on Words Young Author Subject Photos


For more information contact Denise Jenkins




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