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Call for Entries 4th Annual Saturday "Visiter" Award

Call for Entries 4th Annual Saturday "Visiter" Award

Poe enthusiasts and artists encouraged to submit to 4th annual Saturday Visiter Awards, due May 30.

Lynn Cullen, nationally recognized author of Mrs. Poe, to serve as presenter and guest of honor at awards ceremony in October 2022.

Submission for Saturday Visiter Awards are Now Open! Writers, performers and artists are invited to submit their works for the fourth annual Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards (SVA), highlighting their greatest Poe-inspired or adapted works from the last three calendar years. The Saturday Visiter Awards are an international contest honoring a new generation of artists and writers inspired by the legacy of Edgar Allan Poe and recognizes the best media, art, performance, and writing that adapts or is inspired by Poe’s life and works. The deadline for submission is May 30, 2022.

This year, Poe Baltimore is excited to host Lynn Cullen, author of Mrs. Poe, as the presenter and guest of honor at the SVA ceremony on October 8, 2022 where SVA winners will be announced. Ms. Cullen’s novel is a national bestseller and named the Book of the Week by People Magazine, a target Book Club Pick, an NPR 2013 Great Read, an Indie Next List selection, a Penny’s Pick at Costco, an Oprah Book of the Week, and Best of 2013 Atlanta Magazine.

Poe Baltimore announces the six-person panel of judges designating winners for 2022. These Edgar Allan Poe experts/enthusiasts include:

  • Christopher Semtner, curator, The Poe Museum (Richmond)
  • Jessica Williams, associate director of special events and Westminster Preservation Trust, Inc at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, Ph.D., distinguished professor of arts and humanities at the College of the Holy Cross
  • Roger McCormack, education coordinator, Poe Cottage (the Bronx, NY)
  • John Edward Marting, Ph.D., librarian, scholar and teacher from Texas/book review editor for the Edgar Allan Poe Review
  • Thomas Brown, board member, Poe Baltimore

And, for the second year in a row, Poe Baltimore has partnered with the Baltimore National Heritage Area to introduce the Young Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards (YSVA) category, which opens its call for entries on May 31, 2022. Created last year, this category was named to recognize young artists and writers in Maryland who have created artistic works inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.

Details about eligibility and guidelines for the Saturday Visiter Awards and Young SVA can be found at

The Saturday Visiter Awards are named after the prize a young Poe won in 1833 from the Saturday Visiter, a weekly periodical published in Baltimore. That prize launched the famed writer’s career. The fee for SVA submission is $25 per entry; YSVA submission is free. SVA Nominees will be given a ticket to the Ball, a prize medal and a “Saturday Visiter Awards” designation for their work. Details, promotional video and FAQs can be found here:

Poe Baltimore is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to fund, maintain and interpret The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, and to celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimore’s most famous residents. The organization is dedicated to maintaining the museum as a vibrant experience for the thousands of visitors who come from around the world each year, and as part of a broader mission of city-wide events and educational opportunities celebrating Poe’s legacy in Baltimore and beyond.

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