The Guardian Solicits “Girl With the Pearl Earring” Stories

Johannes Vermeer
‘s legendary “The Girl With the Pearl Earring” opens to the public at San Francisco’s de Young Museum today, its first stateside appearance since 1995. The painting, of course, has a storied history, and the mystery of the unknown girl has become popular film and fiction fodder. If you’ve got an idea for a story behind the painting, send it to The Guardian, which is currently taking submissions on the subject. It will publish the best ones in the paper.

“Tap into your inner novelist or screenplay writer and in 200 words or less, give us your best, most creative plot line,” read the instructions. “Who is the girl? What was her relationship to the painter? What would the story be if it was set in 2013?”

The submission form is up on The Guardian’s website.

— Rachel Corbett