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Penman is the literary-art magazine at Washington-Liberty.

Penman’s Theme for the November/December Contest is Breaking Form

Feel free to address this theme in any visual or literary form of expression. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Experiment with an unusual art medium or mix mediums that don’t normally go together, and consider how this could enhance the purpose of your work.
  2. When would it be detrimental to follow normal punctuation rules? What sort of character would defy these conventions?
  3. Does your writing necessarily have to be in one language? How can you intermingle the languages you know to authentically express your thinking?
  4. Why does shape matter? Consider how the shape of your writing impacts the meaning.
  5. If there is another way you would like to address the prompt, go ahead.
  6. Submit using the QR code at right or go to

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