2018 Literary Art

Literary Art

Date: September 28-29, 2018

Literary Art prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Grand Prize Public Vote ($3000)
  • Grand Prize Juried Vote ($3000)
  • Poetry Runner Up ($1000)
  • Prose Runner Up ($1000)

The literary art public and juried grand prize winners will also have to opportunity to go on a 2-day trip October 25-26 to a to-be-announced city to learn from their local arts community.

Upcoming Literary Arts Events

Date / Time Title Actions
Sep 20, 2018
5:30-8 p.m.

Meet and Make Art with International Artists Boa Mistura

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Sep 28, 2018
6-9 p.m.

Literary Art Panel Discussion

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Sep 29, 2018
5:00 p.m.

Literary Arts Reading: Special Reading by Dave Lucas, Ohio's Poet Laureate

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Sep 29, 2018
5:15 p.m.

Literary Arts Reading: Rikki Santer - Blue

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Sep 29, 2018
5:25 p.m.

Literary Arts Reading: Theresa Brightman - Naming Ceremony

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Sep 29, 2018
5:35 p.m.

Literary Arts Reading: Mike Marks - The Auction

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Sep 29, 2018
5:45 p.m.

Literary Arts Reading: Dani Jackson - Atonia (bonus track) and La Douleur Exquise

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Sep 29, 2018
5:55 p.m.

Literary Arts Reading: Alan Ambrisco - Dreams of a Rust-Belt Beaver

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Sep 29, 2018
6:05 p.m.

Literary Arts Reading: Kerry Hendricks - Who Am I?

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Sep 29, 2018
6:15 p.m.

Literary Arts Reading: Steve Brightman - Where I Was Born

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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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