Plans are underway and entry deadlines have been announced for the 32nd Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest.
"Entry time for the annual contest is right around the corner, so it is time to get those projects ready to submit," SWTJC public information officer Willie Edwards said.
Literary entries should be submitted no later than Mar. 1, while Mar. 8 is the deadline for visual arts entries.
According to Edwards, cash prizes, trophies and medals will be awarded in the annual event which attracts thousands of art, photography and writing entries from across the region.
"We will award trophies and medals to first through fourth place in all age groups and categories. Judges will also select an overall literary and visual arts winner in each age group," Edwards explained. "Cash prizes of $20 will be presented to overall winners."
Age divisions will be the same as last year and will include: Pre-K and Kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8, grades 9-10, grades 11-12, college, community and seasoned (age 60 and over).
The SWTJC Humanities and Fine Arts Division and the SWTJC Public Information Office coordinate the annual event.
"The college has a strong commitment to supporting and promoting the creative arts and we look forward to another year of outstanding entries," SWTJC Humanities and Fine Arts Division Chair Terri Tucker said.
Contest coordinators encourage all area English and language arts teachers in public and private schools, as well as home school teachers, to encourage their students to enter the contest.
"We know the demands on teachers are enormous, but this doesn't have to be work written specifically for the contest," Edwards said. "I encourage teachers to get their top writers to submit entries from their best efforts during the school year, even if they were turned in last fall."
In the literary portion of the contest, categories include: poetry and short story (open to all age groups), and essay (open to grades seven and up). The length of short story entries is 2,000 words.
Visual art categories, for all age groups, include: charcoal, drawing with color, painting, pencil, pen and ink, scratchboard and computer-generated graphics. Photography and video production are also included in the contest for grades seven and up.
A mixed media category is also included in visual arts for college, community and seasoned divisions.
All entries should be submitted to the SWTJC Public Information Office. Applications/entry forms will be available at all SWTJC main offices and libraries.
Entrants may also download entry applications and contest rules by visiting the college's web site. Go to www.swtjc.edu and look for the Creative Arts Contest link.
Contestants may also request entry forms by e-mailing Willie Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 830-591-7222.
According to Edwards, all winning entries in the contest will be recognized and presented trophies/medals during the SWTJC Creative Arts Awards' Ceremony on April 25, 2013, in Uvalde.
"The awards ceremony is one of the high points of the year at the college," Edwards said. "It's always fun to recognize and honor young people, and the not so young, for their outstanding writing and artwork."
Winning entries will also be included in the 2013 edition of The Palm's Leaf magazine. Copies of the 2012 Palm's Leaf will be on sale for the first time at this year's awards ceremony.
All visual arts entries in the contest will also be displayed in the Matthew's Student Center Ballroom from April 18 through the night of the awards program on April 25.
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