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Call For Young Artists/Authors





StillwaterNews.Net
03/19/2015


  • Stillwater Deadline is Friday, April 10, 2015
  • NOTE: May 1, 2015, deadline on the form is for the international competition. All entries must be delivered to the City of Stillwater Community Center by April 10, 2015, to qualify for the local competition. The local winners will be submitted to the international competition by the Stillwater Sister Cities Council.

For more than 20 years the Sister Cities International (SCI) Young Artists/Authors Showcases has recognized outstanding artistic efforts by youth who reflect its mission of promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Stillwater Sister Cities Council has sponsored the SCI showcases since the beginning. Over the years, many local artists/authors have been among the top ten international winners. In 2010, Olivia Spears Fletcher (artist) and Robyn Konicki (author) both received international recognition.

The 2015 theme is "Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity," celebrating the Sister Cities International mission. Sister city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties and states. 

Eligibility:

  • Participants must be between 13 and 18 years of age at the time the 2015 deadline.
  • All entries, with completed entry forms, must be received on or before 5 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, by the Stillwater Sister Cities Council located in the City of Stillwater Community Center at 315 W. 8th Ave.
  • There is no cost to the students to participate.
  • The Stillwater Sister Cities Council will pay all entry fees/return fees to Sister Cities International for the winning entries.

 

Young Artists:

  • Only two-dimensional (2D) artwork, all media accepted.
  • Dimensions of the art and matting must not exceed 24 in. x 36 in.
  • Use of copyrighted or trade-marked images is prohibited.
  • Entries must not be plagiarized, stolen, or copied from any other source. Entries must not defame or invade the rights of any person, living or dead. Entries not adhering to these guidelines will not be considered.
  • All entries must be supported by matting if applicable. Do not frame the entry.
  • The council will select one art entry, which will receive a $100 cash award, and it will be entered in the international competition.
  • Five U.S. and five international Finalists will be selected.
  • One U.S. artist and one international artist will be selected as Grand Prize winners.  Each will receive $1,000 and the artwork will go on an international tour to select Sister City location for a year.
  • Judging will take place in late May, and winners and finalists will be announced in early June.

Young Authors (Two categories: Essays and Poetry):

  • Essays are not to exceed 500 words.
  • Poetry is not to exceed 25 lines.
  • All entries must be typed in English.
  • Judges will evaluate entries on theme interpretation, composition, and grammar.
  • All work must be original and inspired by the theme.  Entries may not be plagiarized, stolen, or copied from other sources.
  • One essay and one poetry winner will be selected from the local competition in each category (essay or poetry). Both authors will be awarded a $50 cash prize, and entered in the international competition. 
  • International Awards

    1st Place Personal Essay - $1,000

    1st Place Poem - $1,000

    A second and third place winner will also be selected from each poetry and essay category.

  • The six (6) winning entries will be published on the Sister Cities International website and displayed at the Annual Conference in San Jose, CA.
  • Judging will take place in late May, and winners and finalists will be announced in early June.

For information, contact the City of Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave., at (405) 533-8435 or e-mail sgudgel@stillwater.org.

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