Entry deadlines near for creative artists

Email this article 02/12/2014

Deadlines are coming soon for the 33rd Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest.

“The deadlines for submitting entries to the annual contest are fast approaching,” Creative Arts Contest Coordinator, Ismael Martinez, said.

Literary entries should be submitted no later than Feb. 27, with Mar. 6 being the deadline for visual arts entries.

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.

Trophies and medals will be awarded to first through fourth place in all age groups and categories. An overall literary and visual arts winner will also be named in each age group. Cash prizes of $20 will be presented to overall winners.

Age divisions 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).

Contest coordinators encourage all area English, language arts and art teachers in public and private schools, as well as home school teachers, to encourage their students to enter the contest.

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 Ismael Martinez at imartinez@swtjc.edu or by calling 830-591-2942.

All winning entries in the contest will be recognized and presented trophies/medals during the SWTJC Creative Arts Awards’ Ceremony on April 24, 2014, in Uvalde


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