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2018 Literary Art

2018 Literary Arts Winners

Public Choice Grand Prize ($3,000 and the opportunity to go on a 2-day trip October 25-26 to a to-be-announced city to learn from their local arts community.): Jimmy Miller, Crimson Closure

Juried Grand Prize ($3,000 and the opportunity to go on a 2-day trip October 25-26 to a to-be-announced city to learn from their local arts community.): Pooja Dayal, Mother

Poetry Runner Up ($1,000): Yoly Miller Heisler, To the Married Man at Table Five

Prose Runner Up ($1,000): Greg Milo, Father's Day +20

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Literary Arts Contest Rules

Rules for literary artists

Literary Arts Contest Rules Details

A literary arts entry must be an original work that fits into the categories of poetry or prose and will be performed by the artist or group who wrote it.

Artists can enter in one of the following categories:

  • Poetry: writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm
  • Prose: a literary medium distinguished from poetry especially by its greater irregularity and variety of rhythm and its closer correspondence to the patterns of everyday speech (credit: Merriam-Webster dictionary)


  • A written copy of the entry, or an audio recording, must be submitted with the application. If the applicant does not have a professional audio recording of the entry, recording sessions will be available.
  • The audio recording may not exceed 10 minutes in length. - Written copy must meet the following criteria:
    Poetry: no more than sixty (60) lines of poetry
    Prose: no more than 2,000 words
  • Written copy must be submitted as a word document. All written entries will be put
  • into a High Arts Festival branded document for viewing on the app and website.
  • The artist is solely responsible for ensuring that the entry does not infringe on any third party’s proprietary rights.
  • The entry must be currently wholly owned by the artist or group.


  • Each individual or ensemble will be allowed one 10 minute or less, live performance in one of the High Arts Festival non-musical performing arts venues on Saturday, September 29.
  • The High Arts Festival team will put together the schedule of performances and send it to the participating artists by August 17. Conflicts with the schedule should be submitted to the Literary Art coordinator.
  • The use of props during the live performances is not allowed. Props (aka theatrical properties) are defined as any objects or items held, used, or manipulated by the performer during a performance.
    Please note: accessibility devices and clothing are not considered props.
  • The use of scenic pieces or sets during the live performance is not allowed. Performers may use the given environment as is. Any accoutrement that is available in the space (e.g. microphone, chairs, table, aisles, etc.) must be made available to all performers, and performers may not bring in specialty pieces.
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