The Arts Council does not endorse or recommend any specific opportunities, but provides this list for information only. We encourage artists to research each opportunity thoroughly before applying. Artist opportunities may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Carolina Folklore Society, Durham
The N.C. Folklore Society is accepting nominations for the 2012 Brown-Hudson Awards and the Community Traditions Awards. The Brown-Hudson Award honors outstanding contributions to the transmission and appreciation of folklife in N.C. from traditional artists, musicians and other practitioners of folklife, as well as educators, entrepreneurs, folklorists, documentarians and advocates. The Community Traditions Award recognizes groups, organizations and institutions that engage in or promote folklife.
Deadline: January 31
For more information: Visit http://www.ncfolkloresociety.org/brownhud.htm or http://www.ncfolkloresociety.org/community-traditions-award.htm or contact Sheila Wilson at email@example.com.
South Arts, Atlanta, Ga.
South Arts invites performing arts presenters in its nine-state region to submit an application to participate in the Dance Touring Initiative from summer 2012 to fall 2015. Presenter participants will receive intensive professional development, peer mentorship and tour development assistance, as well as substantial touring subsidies to engage modern dance and contemporary ballet companies for residencies and performances.
Deadline: April 9
For more information: Visit http://www.southarts.org/site/c.guIYLaMRJxE/b.7586111/k.352/Special_Initiatives.htm or contact Nikki Estes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a Contest.com
Just a Contest.com is a website dedicated to writing contests. This resource provides dozens of competitions grouped by genre (fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with or without entry fee) and by deadline date.
For more information: http://www.justacontest.com/
Freelance Writing.com researches the newest writing contests, writing fellowships, screenwriting contests and journalism scholarships. Updated regularly.
For more information: http://www.freelancewriting.com/writingcontests.php
Sundress Publications Chapbook Contest
Sundress Publications announces its inaugural chapbook contest for emerging writers. Authors with no more than two full-length books are invited to submit qualifying manuscripts of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or any combination thereof. Cash prize and publication will be awarded to the winner. Entry fee applies.
Deadline: December 15
For more information: http://www.sundresspublications.com/econtest.htm
Poetry Society of America, New York, N.Y.
The Poetry Society of America is accepting submissions for the National Chapbook Fellowships open to any U.S. resident who has not published a full-length poetry collection. Winners will receive cash prizes and publication. Entry fee applies.
Deadline: December 22
For more information: http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/chapbook_fellowship/guidelines/
Artsmith, Eastsound, Wash.
Artsmith is accepting submissions of poetry or prose for the 2012 Artsmith Literary Award. Writers may submit one page of poetry or prose relating to the theme “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” Cash prize awarded to the winner. Entry fee applies.
Deadline: December 22
For more information: http://www.orcasartsmith.org/contest.html
University of New Orleans, La.
Bayou Magazine, the literary journal of the University of New Orleans, is accepting submissions for the James Knudsen Editor’s Prize for Fiction and the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Winners of each contest will receive $500, publication and a year’s subscription to the magazine.
Deadline: December 31
For more information: http://cola.uno.edu/bayou/BayouHome/Contests
phati’tude Literary Magazine, New York, N.Y.
phati’tude seeks submissions for its Winter 2012 issue, ¿What’s in a Nombre? Writing Latin@ Identity in America. Submissions of poetry, short fiction, essays, interviews, translations and artwork that address the question “What’s in a name?” are welcome. The theme addresses how others see Latinos or Hispanics and how Latinos or Hispanics see themselves and each other through literature and art.
Deadline: January 6
For more information: http://phatitude.org/online/phatitude-magazine/submission-guidelines/
North Carolina Writers’ Network
The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine. Cash prizes will also be awarded. Entry fee applies.
Deadline: January 16
For more information: http://www.ncwriters.org/programs-and-services/competitions/27-rose-post-creative-nonfiction-competition
The Blotter Magazine, Durham
The Blotter Magazine is accepting entries for the 2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award. Novels, novellas and short story collections in every category are accepted. Winning entries receive cash prizes and are published in The Blotter‘s print and online versions. Entry fee applies.
Deadline: January 31
For more information: http://www.blotterrag.com/
Charlotte Writers’ Club, Charlotte
The Charlotte Writers’ Club announces the 2011–2012 Anthony Abbott Poetry Competition. The contest is open to full-time and part-time North Carolina undergraduate students. Limit one entry per person. Cash prizes will be awarded for first prize, honorable mention and five runners up.
Deadline: February 1
For more information: http://www.charlottewritersclub.org/anthony_abbott_poetry
WNYC Radio, New York, N.Y.
Selected Shorts, a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations, has announced its 2012 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. The winning entry will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 6, 2012. The winner will also receive $1,000 and a 10-week creative writing class with Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Entry fee applies.
Deadline: March 2
For more information: http://www.selectedshorts.org/extras/writing-contest-2/
Charlotte Writers’ Club, Charlotte
The Charlotte Writers’ Club is accepting entries for the Deane Ritch Lomax Poetry Prize. The contest is open to residents of N.C. and S.C. Cash prizes will be awarded. Entry fee applies.
Deadline: March 20
For more information: http://www.charlottewritersclub.org/deane_lomax_poetry
Artoteque.com invites all fine artists to enter the second online artoteque.com aBIENNIAL of Contemporary Art. The call is open to any genre. Works may be sold during the online exhibition. Cash prizes are awarded. Entry fee applies.
Deadline: Ongoing through 2012
For more information: http://www.artoteque.com/artotech/applications/artoteque_apply/ONLINE_Bienn2y.htm
Salisbury Public Art Committee, Salisbury
The Salisbury Public Art Committee is accepting applications for the 2012 Salisbury Sculpture Show Discover What’s Outside. The exhibition will run from March to December 2012. Selected artists will receive a stipend. In addition to best in show and citizens’ choice awards, one sculpture may be selected for a 2012 purchase award. Entry fee applies.
Deadline: December 21
For more information: http://www.salisburyart.com/
Light Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, Fla.
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery presents its juried competition open to all two-dimensional artists including photographers. Submissions based on the theme “SeaScapes” will be accepted for inclusion into the January 2012 online group exhibition. Five finalists will be selected to appear in the exhibition and awards for first, second and third places will be given.
Deadline: December 29
For more information: http://www.lightspacetime.com/competitions/future-competitions/decembers-art-competition-theme-seascapes/
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, San Francisco, Calif.
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District announces an RFQ for the new Warm Springs Station extension project. Art approaches include architecturally scaled art glass installations for the curtain wall and entry pavilion, surface treatments for the concrete columns in the plaza, and surface treatment for the concrete seating areas at the existing Fremont station. Budget depends upon the medium but ranges from $80,000 to $984,000. Entries must be submitted through www.callforentry.org.
Deadline: December 30
For more information: Download the RFQ at http://www.bart.gov/docs/wsx/WSX%20Art%20Program%20RFQ.pdf (PDF) or email email@example.com.
City of Dallas, Tex.
The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas requests qualifications for a public art project at the future Elm Fork Soccer Complex. Preference will be given to artists who demonstrate the ability to work with renewable resources that will have a minimal impact on the environment. The commission can be for a single artwork or a series of smaller works depending on the artist’s plan. The total budget for the project is $134,000.
Deadline: January 6
For more information: http://dallasculture.org/opportunities.asp
Bridgeton RiverFest Fine Arts Festival, Bridgeton
Artists are invited to submit artwork for the 2012 Bridgeton RiverFest poster contest. The winning selection will appear on all posters promoting the event to be held Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 2012, and the artist will be the featured artist of the festival.
Deadline: January 15
For more information: http://www.bridgetonriverfest.com/poster-competition.html
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Mass.
Photo Nights Boston seeks to draw attention to the city’s landmark historic buildings with large-scale outdoor projections. An artist will be selected to design and produce a photography-based work of public art as a focal point for the program. This opportunity is open to artists 18 years of age or older with no geographic restriction. The project budget is $10,000, and finalists will receive a $1,000 proposal development fee.
Deadline: February 3
For more information: http://www.massart.edu/About_MassArt/Urban_Arts_Institute/Opportunities.html
Dogwood Arts Festival, Knoxville, Tenn.
The Dogwood Arts Festival has issued a call to artists for the 2012 Regional Fine Arts Exhibition to take place Friday, April 6, through Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture. Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will be selected by jury. Artists within a 300 mile radius of Knoxville may enter. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Deadline: February 21
For more information: http://www.dogwoodarts.com/regional-fine-art-exhibition/
Sertoma Arts Center, Raleigh
The Sertoma Arts Center is accepting proposals for the summer and fall 2012 exhibition seasons from artists 18 years of age and older, residing and/or working in Wake County and surrounding areas. The gallery encourages the display of new and emerging artists, including undergraduate students and artists who have exhibited elsewhere in the community. Monthly exhibitions will be scheduled. Space is available for two- and three-dimensional work.
Deadline: February 29
For more information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or call Caitlin Barnes at (919) 420-2329.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, Md.
On Screen/In Person, a touring program of independent American films, is currently accepting feature-length works (or compilations of work totaling between 45 and 120 minutes) of animation, documentary, experimental and narrative film for touring in the mid-Atlantic region during 2012–2013.
Deadline: February 3
For more information: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/OSIP/OSIP_guidelines.html
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