Artblog’s Fifth Annual Art Writing Challenge for Emerging Writers, Apply TODAY!

PLEASE NOTE: The Challenge Deadline has been extended to December 31, 2019. Two more months for you to apply! Artblog is thrilled to announce the 2019 Art Writing Challenge, a FREE contest with cash prizes, to support emerging writers who are passionate about the arts in Philadelphia. Our motivation? To get more people talking, writing, and thinking about art in our wonderful city. Submit your article today!

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Warm up your keyboards and get writing for the Artblog New Writers Contest!

Dear Readers,
We are excited to announce the 2019 Artblog Art Writing Challenge – a regional writing contest for emerging writers, with cash prizes and publication on the award-winning arts publication, Artblog. The focus of the Challenge is writing about art (and music) in Philadelphia. The contest’s goals are: to encourage more people to write about the arts, to discover new writers in the arts community and to honor and promote those writers.

This is the fifth year for the Art Writing Challenge. Thanks to the generosity of our donor, Mari Shaw, the 2019 Challenge includes prizes for music writing.

What kind of writing are we looking for? Essays, reviews, and interviews, as well as poetry, free-form responses, and experimental methods are all eligible. Sorry, we are not able to accept music written by a writer except if submitted as a piece of writing. No performance audios or videos. To get a sense of the full scope of forms and genres, please take a look at the material published on Artblog.


The Art Writing Challenge Team
Roberta Fallon and Matt Kalasky, Co-Founders, Wit Lopez, Artblog Managing Editor

The Art Writing Challenge is a contest for emerging writers.

a. Writers who are or have been salaried to write articles for print or online publication are not eligible within the scope of this contest.
b. Writers who have made $3000 or more in one calendar year from their writing are not eligible.
c. Writers who have contributed previously to Artblog and been paid are still eligible as long as they meet the above criteria.


The 2019 Artblog Art Writing Challenge opens September 9, 2019
NEW! Submissions close at Midnight, DECEMBER 31, 2019
Prize winners announced, JANUARY 20, 2020


  • Art Writing Grand Prize ($1,000)
  • Music Writing Grand Prize ($1,000)
  • Juror’s Prize ($250)
  • Juror’s Prize ($250)
  • Prize winning and honorable mention articles will be published on Artblog


  • Catherine Cahill, President & CEO, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
  • Peter Dobrin, Classical music critic and culture writer, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Matías Tarnopolsky, President & CEO, The Philadelphia Orchestra


  • Judith Stein, Author, Art Historian, Co-President, International Association of Art Critics, U.S.
  • Li Sumpter, Artist, Activist, Author, Educator
  • Richard Torchia, Director, Arcadia Exhibitions


  • Monday, September 9, 2019 – Entries Open
  • Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Entries Due by 11:59 PM EST
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 – Winners announced on Artblog
  • December 2019 – Winning entries published on Artblog


  • All submissions must focus on art and music seen, heard or experienced in person in Philadelphia
  • Writers working professionally are not considered within the scope of this contest. Questions? Email your resume and your question to
  • No writing will be accepted that has been previously published in a newspaper, magazine, journal or widely-recognized art or music blog; writing published on a personally maintained blog will be accepted
  • Two entry limit per person (Submit separate forms for each entry)
  • Jurors will not see names of authors and will make decisions based on content submitted
  • No age restrictions
  • Students may apply, but the submission must be done independently outside of class
  • Submit entries as a PDF file
  • Submit your resume or bio along with your entry
  • Include one image of the object, person, performance, installation, event you are writing about
  • To submit, fill out this Google form and attach your resume and article in PDF form with image