Opportunities! Prizes! The 2017 New Art Writing Challenge is here!

This is the third year of the New Art Writing Challenge, a community-wide festival about the importance of art writing in Philadelphia. We invite you to submit your writings to our art writing contest. Five cash prizes will be awarded this year and we will be publishing the winning articles and honorable mentions on Artblog and on other publications partnering this year with us. Roberta Fallon and Matt Kalasky co-organized the Challenge again this year. Our partners in 2017 are these great Philadelphia online publications: Curate This, Thinking Dance, Title, and Velvet Glove. Help us shine a light on Philadelphia's great under-sung art writing community. Participate in the Challenge!

Artblog is excited to announce the 2017 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 – in as many creative ways as possible. We aim to foster a culture of art writing that incorporates a wide spectrum of methods, styles and ideas – from poetry, free-form responses and experimental methods, to essays, reviews, interviews and more. We want to see your best. 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 challenge

This year, Artblog has many excellent partners in the Philadelphia art writing community, and each partner will be reading selections and choosing their prize winners! We’re excited and honored to partner with Curate This, Thinking Dance, Title Magazine and Velvet Glove. [NOTE: Our friends at Apiary Magazine are unable to partner this year due to the onrush of work for their Issue #9, which debuts in October. We hope to partner with them next year!]


Thank you, writers! Write up a storm and submit to this great community Art Writing Challenge, now in its third year. The contest is open for 2017!  Submissions due Midnight, Oct. 20, 2017.

Co-founders and co-organizers, Matt Kalasky and Roberta Fallon


  • All submissions must focus on art in Philadelphia on view Jan-October, 2017 (NOTE: art is not defined and can include but is not limited to performance, staged event, exhibit, theater, music performance, dance). As long as your submission deals with Philadelphia art we will consider it.)
  • No Submissions written before January 1, 2017
  • Strict 1,000 word limit
  • No writing that has been previously published in a journal, newspaper, magazine or blog (Writing published on a personally maintained blog will be accepted)
  • 2 entry limit per person
  • No age restrictions
  • Students may apply, but please, no class work allowed
  • All entries should be submitted as a PDF under 10MB
  • To submit your entry, fill out this Google form and attach your PDF to the form.
  • Questions? Email!
Audience at discussion about art and art criticism. The 2017 New Art Writing Challenge Roundtable discussion will take place the evening of Oct. 4, 2017, at Moore College of Art and Design. Join us!


  • 5 cash prizes ($150) awarded by the 5 partner publications
  • Publication of winning articles on Artblog and partner publications
  • 5 honorable mentions awarded by the 5 partner publications
  • Publication of honorable mention articles on Artblog and partner publications


Each publication — Artblog, Curate This, Thinking Dance, Title, Velvet Glove —  will have a team of reviewers who will select their cash-prize winner and honorary mention winner. Entries will be blind-judged so as to maintain impartiality.



  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – Entries Open
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – Roundtable discussion at Moore College of Art and Design (discussants TBA)
  • Friday, October 20, 2017 – Entries Due by 11:59 PM EST
  • Friday, November 10, 2017 – Winners announced
  • November – December 2017 – Winning entries published on Artblog and partner publications