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RainLit: New Literary Public Art to Celebrate Williamsburg

With the rain, poetry and prose sprout. Williamsburg Book Festival is soliciting entries for short works of poetry and prose as part of the organization's RainLit project.

RainLit is a series of literary works installed on area sidewalks. The text is invisible when dry, but appears when wet. The project is a public art installation co-sponsored by Triangle Arts & Culture League (TACL) and the Williamsburg Book Festival.

Area writers, authors and poets are encouraged to submit original work, limited to no more than ten words. The works can be short poetry, haiku or descriptive phrases that celebrate life in Williamsburg. Entries will be judged on literary quality, originality, and how well they represent the theme of celebrating Williamsburg, Virginia. Winners will be notified by email.

The winning entries -- including the authors' names -- will be cut into stencils and applied on sidewalks throughout the area. The words will be coated so they remain hidden except when wet with rain. The works will remain on public sidewalks for the life of the application, approximately five to eight months.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate Williamsburg and Williamsburg art - in this case, literary art.

Writers are encouraged to submit an entry via email to: The entry may consist of up to three selections of original work, each selection no longer than 10 words. The entry should be pasted into the body of the email. Name, age (if under 18), home address and email address must be provided. Winning work may appear on websites and social media pages, such as: The City of Williamsburg, Triangle Arts & Culture League, and the Williamsburg Book Festival.

Deadline for entries is March 6, 2017.

During Williamsburg Spring Arts, which begins March 17, Triangle Arts & Culture League will invite local residents and visitors to "Discover RainLit" in a scavenger hunt to document the different installations, only visible when wet.

For more information, contact Greg Lilly at


Triangle Arts & Culture League, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity. TACL's mission is to support, develop and promote public art in all its forms, including sculpture and visual arts; music, events and performance; architecture and the landscape, for the purposes of appreciation, cultural exploration and conservation, education of artists and cultural creators, and economic development of the Williamsburg region.
The Williamsburg Book Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, formed exclusively for charitable and educational and literary purposes. Specifically, the organization hosts promotional and educational events, seminars and workshops that promote and support the craft of literary composure and the exposure of writers to the reading public.

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