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Submit Your Andersonville-Inspired Images And Writings For 2020 Neighborhood Guide

For a third year Andersonville will take center stage in a vibrant, coffee-table book quality promotional guide that pays homage to the neighborhood. With an emphasis on both editorial and eye-catching imagery, the book’s producers are looking to those who know the community well as they seek new contributions to the 2020-21 edition of the book.

So how do you see Andersonville? That’s the question the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is putting forth as they ask the public to submit their favorite photographs, illustrations, short stories and interviews from those that call Andersonville home. Submissions for the annual Andersonville Neighborhood Guide are open to everyone which include both locals and visitors alike.

According to ACC’s Director of Marketing Joelle Scillia, they are looking for unique, unexpected and beautiful works inspired by the Andersonville commercial or residential district. One lucky photographer will appear on the cover of the guide and all others will be considered for the inside pages.

“The Chamber opens community submissions for our annual Neighborhood Guide because we want to create a fresh and compelling narrative each year,” said Scillia. “While we are here to serve our business community, we know one of our primary audiences with this Guide and many of our initiatives here in Andersonville are the local residents. We want the community-at-large to not only get to know our business community throughout the pages of the Guide, but to see some of themselves and their shared experiences reflected in the editorial section.”

Thanks to the neighborhood’s fondness for animals and a multitude of doggie dishes filled with treats found in front of many local businesses, this year the book will feature a new section dedicated to area pets. An editorial feature called Shop Dogs of Andersonville will include images of pets in front of and inside their favorite storefronts. It will be followed by a similarly themed section called Pets of Andersonville which will showcase local animals, many who are area celebrities themselves.

“We are particularly excited to add the “Pets of Andersonville” editorial feature to the Guide this year,” Scillia added. “We know our pets are such a huge part of this community too. Not only will we profile familiar shop dogs and pets you may see in our businesses, but we want to feature community pets as well. Submissions should include a high resolution image of your pet either in or in front of their favorite Andersonville businesses, along with their name.”

There is no rule that limits your creativity, however ACC asks that an entry form be filled out and the submissions meet certain guidelines. If your submission includes photography or artwork, please email  print-ready high resolution images in jpeg, PSD, EPS, or TIFF format sized at 300 dpi to jscillia@andersonville.org. If your submission includes written content, please submit proofread and edited work in a PDF format with author(s) credit. Make sure to label all submitted files with your name, title of the work, and numeration.

Submissions will be accepted through March 16. With an estimated release in May of this year, the guides will be distributed locally, to downtown Chicago tourism destinations and hotels, and are mailed to out-of-state visitors who request copies in advance of travel.

For more information and a link to an entry form, go to: http://www.andersonville.org/contributor-content-submission-now-open-for-the-2020-21-andersonville-neighborhood-guide/

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