Literary deadline Thursday for Creative Arts Contest

Email this article 02/26/2014

The deadline is Thursday for literary entries in the 33rd Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest.

"The Public Information office is a little hard to find, so for the convenience of those entering the contest, entries can be dropped off at the Business Office in the Flores Student Services Building," Creative Arts Contest Coordinator Ismael Martinez said. "We will also accept any mail entries postmarked by this weekend."

Literary categories include short story and poetry for all age divisions, as well as an essay category for grades seven and up.

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).

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.

Deadline for visual arts entries is on March 7. 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 and look for the creative arts contest link or type creative arts contest in the search bar.

Contestants may also request entry forms by e-mailing Ismael Martinez at or by calling 830-591-2942.

Entries by mail should be sent to: SWTJC Public Information Office, 2401 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX, 78801.

According to Martinez, 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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