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Opportunity! Prizes! The 2016 New Art Writing Challenge!

Artblog is thrilled to be collaborating with The St. Claire on the Second New Art Writing Challenge! We know you value art writing, and you know we do, too. Please submit your writing about Philadelphia art to our contest. We have 3 nationally recognized judges and will award cash prizes to the top winners. All finalists' submissions will be published in Artblog and The St. Claire. NEW DEADLINE-October 5, 2016 at 11:59PM EST - Entries Due -- Artblog Editor


The Artblog and The St.Claire are excited to announce the 2016 New Art Writing Challenge – a FREE region wide contest to find the best new approaches in art writing. The goal of this competition is to get more people writing about art and foster a culture of art writing that incorporates a wide spectrum of methods, styles and ideas. The best writing will not only address the art in question, but also progress the conversation into unexpected and underrepresented territories.

poster for art writing contest


  • All submissions must focus on art in Philadelphia.
  • No Submissions written before January 1, 2016
  • Strict 1,000 word limit. (There will be category prizes for 500 and 1,000 words or less)
  • No writing that has been previously published in a journal, newspaper, magazine or blog (Writing published on a personally maintained blog will be accepted)
  • 3 entry limit per person
  • All entries should be text based and submitted as a PDF under 10MB
  • Submit all entries as attachments to



  • 1 Grand prize ($600 + Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)
  • 2 Category prizes ($100 each + Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)
    500 words or less
    1,000 words or less
  • 9 honorable mentions (Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)


  • Cara Ober founded BmoreArt in 2007 in order to create more visibility and community within the arts in Baltimore. Ober earned an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005 and a MS in Art Education from McDaniel College in 1998. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the American University in 1996 with a BA in Fine Arts. Ober was awarded an Individual Artist Grant for Painting by the Maryland State Arts Council and a Warhol Grant for Emerging Curators in 2006. From 2010-2012, Cara was the Online Arts and Culture editor at The Urbanite Magazine and wrote the Eye to Eye Arts Column in each monthly issue. She has published art reviews for Hyperallergic, BurnAway, Art Papers, ARTnews, The Journal of Surface Design, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Style Magazine, The Urbanite, Baltimore City Paper, Art US Magazine, and numerous curatorial and catalogue essays.
  • Meredith Sellers is an artist, educator, and writer currently living and working in Philadelphia. She earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010 and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania. She has had writing published on Hyperallergic, ArtsJournal, Daily Serving, Pelican Bomb, Title Magazine, The St. Claire, and the Artblog.
  • Paddy Johnson is the founding Editor of Art F City. In addition to her work on the blog, she has been published in magazines such as New York Magazine, The New York Times and The Economist. Paddy lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University, Parsons, Rutgers, South by Southwest, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2007, she received a scholarship to attend iCommons conference in Croatia as the art critic. In 2008, she served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowships and became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Paddy was nominated for best art critic at The Rob Pruitt Art Awards in 2010 and 2013. In 2014, she was the subject of a VICE profile for her work as an independent art blogger.

CALENDAR – Deadline for submissions extended to Midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 5

  • NEW DEADLINE-October 5, 2016 at 11:59PM EST – Entries Due
  • October 7, 2016 – Twelve finalists will be chosen by the The St.Claire and Artblog staff and sent to prize jurors for final selections
  • October 17, 2016 – Winners announced
  • November 2016 – Winning entries published on Artblog/St. Claire