Apply Now! Artblog Contest for Emerging Writers is ON
Artblog is excited to announce the 2018 New Art Writers Contest – a FREE contest that supports emerging writers who are passionate about the arts in Philadelphia. Artblog, an independent online publication started by two artists in 2003, introduced the contest to get more people talking, writing and thinking about local art. Apply today!


2018 is the fourth year for the art writing contest, and this year, Artblog has a special prize fund created by a generous 3-year matching grant from Mari Shaw. We are matching that challenge grant with donations from Artblog supporters. (Click “SUPPORT” to contribute!) This crucial support of our Contest allows us to award a significant grand prize of $1,000 cash to one deserving emerging writer, and two honorable mention cash prizes of $250 each.  We will also publish an anthology in print of “The Best of The New Art Writers Contest.”

New and emerging writers! Take up your pens, pencils and computer keyboards and write about the arts in Philadelphia! Submit your entries to Artblog’s New Writers Contest. Submissions are due Midnight, Oct. 31, 2018. If you are unsure whether you should submit to the Contest, send an email to with your question and we will answer.
–New Writers Contest Team, Roberta Fallon, Matt Kalasky and Imani Roach


• 1 Grand Prize – $1,000
• 2 Honorable Mention Prizes – $250 each
• Publication of winning articles on Artblog and in “Best of” anthology

• Alex Oehmke, B’More Art, Artist and Writer
• Carol Zou, Director of Programs, Asian Arts Initiative
• Elisabeth Perez-Luna, WHYY, Executive Producer of Audio Content

• Apply online here

• Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – Entries Due by Midnight
MONDAY, November 19, 2018 – Winners announced
• December 2018 – Winning entries published on Artblog
• Spring, 2019 – Publication of “The Best of” anthology


  • All submissions must focus on art in Philadelphia on view from January – October, 2018 (art
    is not defined and can include but is not limited to performance, staged event,
    exhibit. As long as your submission deals with Philadelphia art we will consider
  • No age restrictions
  • No Submissions written before January 1, 2018
  • Nothing over 1,000 words
  • 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 (Submit separate forms for each entry)
  • Students may apply, preference to independent writing outside of class
  • All entries should be submitted as a PDF under 10MB
  • Include one image of the object, performance, installation, event you are writing about
  • Limited to emerging writers with no more than 2 years paid professional writing experience

• Email


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