High School Arts Contest and Celebration

 

Arts Contest

The Richmond Hill Public Library (RHPL) Arts Contest is our community's opportunity to recognize and celebrate the talent of our creative teens. The annual contest and celebration showcases the written, poetic, visual and photographic art of high school students who live and/or study in Richmond Hill.

First, second, third and honourable mention awards will be issued for each category. All winners will be published in the Richmond Hill Public Library Arts Contest Anthology. Winners are also celebrated among their peers at our Arts Contest Celebration at Central Library on May 7, 2019.

View the Anthology

Entering the Contest

We are not accepting submissions at this time; please check back in December. Our submission form is now online. All participants must submit an electronic submission form in order to participate in the Arts Contest. Photography, poetry and short story submissions must be submitted entirely through the form; visual arts submissions must be delivered to the library after the online form has been completed.

If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian must consent to your participation in the contest. 

The deadline for Arts Contest submissions has past. Winners will be notified via email and announced at our annual Arts Contest Celebration.

Guidelines

Category Content Submission guidelines
Short Story Stories must be no longer than 1,500 words, double-spaced, with pages numbered. Files must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.   Submissions must be uploaded through the electronic submission form. Your first and last name must be clearly marked in the file name of your submission. 
Poetry Must be no longer than 60 lines. Files must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.   Submissions must be uploaded through the electronic submission form. Your first and last name must be clearly marked in the file name of your submission. 
Photography Photographs must be your original work and may be edited. Black and white submissions are permitted.  Submissions must be uploaded through the electronic submission form. Your first and last name must be clearly marked in the file name of your submission. 
Visual Arts Artwork must be no larger than 24 x 30 inches in any medium (e.g. graphite, watercolour, ink, acrylic, oil, pastel, charcoal or digital). Physical submissions are required.  You must submit an entry form online prior to delivering your artwork to Central Library.
It is the responsibility of each entrant in this category to pick up his or her work at Central Library (3rd floor, Information Services Desk) by June 29, 2019. Items left after that time can be discarded at the discretion of Library staff.

While every effort is made to ensure that submissions are handled and stored with care, the Library assumes no liability for loss or damage.

Prizes

In addition to being included in the RHPL Arts Contest Anthology, winners of the contest will receive the following prize in each category: 

  • First prize: $75 gift card 
  • Second prize: $50 gift card
  • Third prize: $25 gift card

2018 Arts Contest

Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 Arts Contest! View all submissions in our 2018 Arts Contest Anthology