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Creative Arts Contest

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2018 Creative Arts Contest Awards Ceremony Album

Creative Arts 2018


Creative Arts Winner

Creative Arts Contest

The creative arts contest offers students and non-students in our community the opportunity to explore and enhance their creativity. The contest is an annual event which is coordinated by the SWTJC Arts and Sciences Division plus the public information office.

Winners in each age group and category will be presented an award at the annual SWTJC Creative Arts Contest Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the SWTJC Matthews Student Center located on the main campus in Uvalde. We will give first, second, third and fourth place awards in each age group and category. A $20 cash prize will be awarded overall literary and visual arts winners in each age group. Winners will be posted online at www.swtjc.edu. Traditionally, we do not tell you what place you have won. We save that for the ceremony! 

Entry forms must be filled out and submitted online. Before submitting form print and attach to works. Entries along with their form are required to be delivered to the SWTJC Uvalde campus for judging with the exception of the video entries. Video entries should be uploaded to YouTube and the video link included in the space provided in the entry form. Click here for a tutorial on how to upload a video to YouTube.


Literary Rules:

Literary Deadline: March 22, 2018, at 5 p.m.
  1. All manuscripts must be TYPED ON A WORD PROCESSOR/COMPUTER (white paper only).
  2. The name of the contestant SHOULD NOT appear on the manuscript.
  3. A completed entry form must accompany each entry. Be sure to indicate the appropriate age group and category.
  4. Poetry may be written in any form, but MAY NOT exceed 150 lines.
  5. Essays must not exceed 1,200 words. Entry in the essay category is limited to grades 7 and up.
  6. Short stories MUST NOT exceed 2,000 words.
  7. Contestants may enter more than one category but may submit only one entry in each category.
  8. Each school may submit only six entries per age group per category.
  9. WRITING ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED. PLEASE MAKE A COPY of your entry before submitting it.

Age divisions:

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-2
  • Grades 3-4
  • Grades 5-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • Grades 9-10
  • Grades 11-12
  • College
  • Community

Visual Arts Rules:

Visual Arts Deadline: March 22, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Visual Art Categories:

  • Charcoal
  • Drawing with Color 
  • Painting 
  • Pen and Ink Drawing (one-color ink)
  • Pencil 
  • Photography (grades 7 and up)
  • Scratchboard 
  • Computer-Generated Graphics 
  • Mixed Media (college and community only)
  • Video Production (grades 7 and up, includes community)
  1. Age groups are the same as the literary contest.
  2. Entries must be submitted in a form suitable for display (Mount entries on poster board, construction paper or matte board for easy hanging in a size that is easy to handle). PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT FRAMED ART.
  3. Contestants may enter more than one category, but only one entry per category.
  4. In the Photography category, either color or black and white photographs may be submitted.
  5. Entries will be judged according to composition, treatment of subject, and other artistic qualities deemed appropriate by the judges. Photography competition is LIMITED to grades 7 and up.
  6. A completed entry form must accompany each entry. The form must be attached to the back of the artwork.
  7. Art SHOULD NOT exceed the following size: 24" x 18" including the matte).
  8. Clip art from computer programs will not be accepted as a Computer-Generated Graphic. Entries must be originals designed by the entrant. Color or black and white entries will be accepted.
  9. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube and include the video link in the space provided in the entry form. This is an open topic category. Videos must be no longer than five minutes. This competition is limited to grades 7 and up. Click here for a tutorial on how to upload a video to YouTube.
  10. Each school can submit only six entries per age group in each category.

Deliver all entries by mail to SWTJC Creative Arts Contest; Attn: Ismael Martinez; 2401 Garner Field Road; Uvalde, TX 78801. Entries may be delivered in person to the SWTJC Library on the Uvalde campus.

For more information call (830) 591-2942.