utopia imageAs we move into the new year, we’re contemplative. What is it that we want? What is it that fulfills us? What goals do we set for ourselves? What defines utopia?

So we decided to hold a contest. We are looking for original definitions and illustrations of utopia — not the store, but the state of mind or imagined place.

You may submit a short essay, poem, sentence, or other creative verbiage or a drawing, painting, photograph, or other 2 dimensional work.

1st place will receive a $100 gift certificate to the store. 2nd place will receive a $50 gift certificate, and 3rd place will receive a $25 gift certificate. All winners will be promoted in our newsletter and the La Tienda newsletter, on Facebook, and on our websites. In addition, the best illustrations and definitions will be published in our 1st Utopia Anthology.

To enter, send your definition or illustration to All entries will be judged by a blind and independent panel of artists, writers, and community members. Submission deadline is February 15, 2014. Contest winners will be announced March 1st. If under 18, please include a letter of parental consent.