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What is PROJECT 1:1000?
How does it work?
What are the rules?
Submission suggestions  (CONTRIBUTORS)
How much is a thousand words?
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Contributor menu  (CONTRIBUTORS)
Group Administrator menu  (GROUP ADMIN)
Group Administrator + Fan menu  (GROUP ADMIN)
Group Administrator + Contributor menu  (GROUP ADMIN)
Drafts & Submissions (CONTRIBUTORS)
Project/Class  (GROUPS)
Business/School  (GROUPS)


What is PROJECT 1:1000?

PROJECT 1:1000 is a movement, an online publishing company/community, and an educational/outreach program based on the simple notion that "a picture is worth a thousand words."  While it could be said that no words should be necessary, we are here to tell and share the stories behind the pictures.  There is a story before and after and above and below and behind the picture and just outside its frame, to say nothing of the one who took the picture and who they were before it and during it and after it and because of it.

PROJECT 1:1000 is a lifeline to a digital world drowning in images.  We seek to slow things down, freeze frames, and speak on them one thousand words at a time.

It is doing justice to images and the world and life itself, one thousand words at a time.  It is an exercise in attention, in experiential living, in creative free association.  It is reminding yourself and telling us what was, dreaming of what might have been, discovering and sharing what you didn't realize or what needs to be known.  It is a meditation and a journey and a bath and a prayer and a rant and an homage.  It is whatever you want it to be.

Read more on the History of PROJECT 1:1000 here.



SUBMISSION: 1 image + 1000 words

CONTRIBUTOR: One who contributes Submissions  (sign up here)

FAN: A follower/fan of the project  (sign up here)

SUBMISSION TAG: A theme found in a Submission (there may be multiple)


How does it work?

For a better experience, it is highly suggested to create an account. There are three main categories of accounts, with permissions and advantages as such:

A FAN may customize their personal page, select display Favorites (Contributors and Submissions), participate in Forum discussions, and message others on the site.

A CONTRIBUTOR shares these permissions and additionally may create Submissions.

A GROUP ADMINISTRATOR is the Administrator of a group of Contributors and/or Groups.  This role can be that of a [Teacher/Leader] of a Group at the "ground level" (Class/Project) or that of a [Principal/Administrator] of a Group at the "top level" (School/Business).  (There may be a Group level between the two, as well.)  This person may also particpate as a Fan or Contributor.  

After initial registration, if you would like to change your Role [i.e. Fan > Contributor (to create Submissions)] or add a Role [i.e. Group Administrator (to start a Group) please let us know here.

Your account information will not be shared with anyone for any reason.  Read the Privacy Notice to be assured.

Find a picture and tell its story (Contributors), browse the site and find themes, pictures, people, and stories you like. Enjoy, share, repeat.


What are the rules?

There are no “rules” so far per se, but in keeping with the original spirit of the thing, there are a few suggestions…

This is neither a photography nor a writing competition.  You don’t have to have a camera, your pictures don’t have to be perfect, and your writing doesn’t have to be eloquent.  What we are after are real stories about real pictures taken by real people.  There need not be perfect lighting, nor should there be fiction.  These are actual memories, accounts, estimations, alterations, and the like.

As far as the images themselves go, we strongly encourages the use of Users' own personal images.  We seek to promote the connection between the pictures we take and their context in our lives, and offer a place to tell, read, and share these stories.  The use of another person's image is almost surely not in keeping with these goals.  Possible exceptions might include an older family photo, a photo that you are in, etc.  The ratio of "Personal" to "Borrowed" images should be at least 2:1.  We'll see how it goes..

As far as interacting with others on this site, please re-read the above and ask yourself, “Is it true?  Is it necessary?” and “Is it kind?”  One of the goals of this site is to use the internet for good, to make the world a smaller, better, more beautiful place.  Be cool or be gone.


Submission suggestions (CONTRIBUTORS)

Ask yourself what picture (on your phone, on your computer, in an album, in a frame) needs a story told about it.  Then tell that story.

With Project 1:1000 in mind, gather your images together, dust off albums, track down those prints, and reconnect.  These are great reminders of your life.  Their stories should be told.

One of the goals here is to reconnect with this moment by reconnecting with those moments.  You are in the middle of a story right now.  So be here.  Take it all in as if you would be asked to write a thousand words about it.

Write about love and hate and ecstasy and heartache and wind and calm and darkness and light and roads, clouds, monsters, angels, hands, lips, hope, regret, and all the other things.

If you need more help, we have provided Writing Cues, which are general themes that might help narrow the creative scope and illicit Submission creation.  Check them out here.

[Skip/back to Drafts & Submissions]


How much is a thousand words?

If you were to write one word each day, it would take you 2 years 9 months to write 1000 words.  Thankfully, you can write as many words as you want each day, and you will probably be able to finish much faster. 

A thousand words is about a page and a half, double-spaced…

100 words


Navigation (Users and Visitors)

The main Navigation Bar is just above the bottom of the black background at the top of the page.  Here, all visitors will find menus and submenus, such as Main (Submissions, Contributors, Tags, & Fans ), Programs (Middle School, High School, Alternative, University, and Adult + Company), Forums, and About (FAQ, History & Team)...

User menu

Once registered, the Navigation bar will then contain an extra USER menu at the far right...

Account menu

Your account settings may be found at USER > ACCOUNT, always at far right of the submenu.  Here you can adjust your password, name, geography (and its visibility), picture, bio, and Group settings...

Fan menu

The menu for Fans provides access to administration of your favorite Submissions, Contributors, Tags, Fans, User Geography and your account info at USER...


Contributor menu

A Contributor menu offers the same functions as the Fan menu (above) plus adds an extra menu at USER > WORK (Submission drafts and published Submissions)…


Group Administrator menu

A Group Administrator role adds an extra menu at USER > MY GROUPS...


Group Administrator + Fan menu

A Group Administrator + Fan role adds an extra menu at USER > MY GROUPS near the end of Fan menu items...


Group Administrator + Contributor menu

A Group Administrator + Contributor role adds an extra menu at USER > MY GROUPS near the end of Contributor menu items...


Drafts & Submissions (CONTRIBUTORS)

For hints on writing, subjects, etc. see Submission suggestions (above)

To begin a Submission, go to Work menu as detailed directly above.  Choose Start a new Submission in the middle of your DRAFTS & SUBMISSIONS…


Read all instructions and suggestions, and fill out the Create Submission page as indicated.  You may either copy and paste from another program or work directly on the site, knowing that the final arbiter of 1000 words is the word counter on the site.  You may either [SAVE AS: Draft] to come back for later editing or, if ready to submit for publication,  [SAVE AS: Submit for review] at the bottom left of the Create Submission page.  You should receive email communication shortly. 

Submission status

Return to the Work menu/page to edit and/or start a new Submission, submit for review, or check on the status of Submissions.

Please note that the Submission text is no longer editable once the Submission has been published.  The following Submission settings can be edited at any time:

SUBMISSION IMAGE GEOGRAPHY: As to the Submission Image, please provide as specific a location as possible .

SUBMISSION TAGS: Please indicate the themes present in your Submission.  See more at Submission Tag Main here.

SUBMISSION VISIBILITY: Choose whether you would like your Submission to be listed across the entire site or just in Group(s) into which you are invited, accept membership, and choose to share this Submission. If you choose this option and do not share this Submission with Group(s), it will be unlisted throughout the site.  Read more about Groups and Submission sharing below in "Groups (Project/Class)" or here.

SHARE SUBMISSION: These are Groups to which you have been invited by the Group Administrator. You must have made yourself "Available to Groups" in your ACCOUNT settings to be selected.  Please indicate the Group(s) with which you would like to share this Submission.  NOTE: This will allow the Group Administrator to view/share published (completed) and view/monitor unpublished (draft) versions of this Submission.  Unpublished Submissions should only be shared with teachers, mentors, etc.

WRITING CUE: Project 1:1000 provides Writing Cues to both stimulate and gather together Submissions.   Feel free to check these out, and attribute your Submission to the Writing Cue if it has been so inspired.


Groups (Project, Class)

A Project is a group of Contributors and the Submissions they decide to share, like this.

Essentially (1) User makes self available for Groups  (2) Group Administrators "invite" Users to Group  (3)  Users accept "invitation(s)"  (4)  Group Administrators activate Users as Group Members  (5) Members share Submissions of their choice with/in Groups.

Protocol is as such, in order...

1 User creates an account. User Type: "Contributor" User creates an account. User Type: "Group Administrator" (+ "Fan / Contributor" if desired)
2 Contributor selects "Available to Groups" from USER > ACCOUNT > Groups Project Administrator creates Project, provide general information via USER > MY GROUPS > Start a new Project
3 (Contributor creates Submission(s)) Project Administrator assembles Project members via USER > MY GROUPS > Contributors & Submissions > Project Member Requests (PMR)
4 Contributor accepts PMR (3) via USER > ACCOUNT > Groups > Groups & Requests x
5 (Contributor creates Submission(s)) Project Administrator confirms and activates Contributors who have accepted PMR (3) via USER > MY GROUPS > Contributors & Submissions > Active Members
6 Contributor shares published and/or unpublished Submissions with Project Administrator via USER > WORK > [Submission] > Edit > Share Submission > [Project Name] x
7 x Project Administrator activates/displays shared published Submissions via USER > MY GROUPS > Contributors & Submissions > Shared Submissions and/or monitors any shared unpublished Submissions via USER > MY GROUPS > [Project Name]

Both Group Administrators and Members may end mutual association.  If Contributor (Member) leaves Group, their Submissions may continue to be displayed in Group at Member's (Contributor's) discretion.

Detailed instructions are within both User account menu (ACCOUNT > Groups) and the Group edit menu (MY GROUPS > [Group Name] / Edit)


Groups (Business/School)

This is a relationship between Projects (Project/Class) and Groups (Business/School).  Projects are the "children" of their "parents," Groups.  Think of Classes belonging to a School, like this.

Essentially (1) Project Administrator makes Project available for Groups  (2) Group Administrators "invite" Projects to Group  (3)  Project Administrators accept "invitation" to associate with Group  (4)  Group Administrators activate Project association, displaying associated Projects on their Group page.

After Contributors (and their Submissions) and Projects have been created as detailed above, protocol is as such, in order...

1 x User creates an account. User Type: "Group Administrator" (+ "Fan / Contributor" if desired)
2 Project Administrator selects "Available to Groups" from MY GROUPS > [Project Name] > Edit > Associations Group Administrator creates Group, provides general information via USER > MY GROUPS > Start a new Group
3 x Group Administrator assembles Group members via MY GROUPS > [Group Name] > Edit > Groups > Group Member Requests (GMR)
4 Project Administrator accepts GMR  (3) via MY GROUPS > [Project Name] > Edit > Associations > Groups & Requests x
5 x Group Administrator confirms and activates Projects who have accepted GMR (3) via  MY GROUPS > [Group Name] > Edit > Groups > Active Groups

Either Project Administrators or Group Administrators may discontinue their association.