Enter online at expressions.pcls.us
Turn in two copies of your submission and one entry form to any Pierce County Library. Entry forms will be available January 26, 2020.
Mail two copies of your submission with one entry form to:
Our Own Expressions
Pierce County Library System
3005 112th St. E.
Tacoma, WA 98446-2215
1. What will disqualify my entry?
In order to qualify, you must...
See the Entry Form for all other Guidelines.
2. Who are the judges?
Entries are judged in a double-blind process. Each entry is initially reviewed by two separate pre-judges made of library staff and volunteers. Entries selected in the first round of judging are sent to our final judges, who select the winning entries. Final judges are creative professionals who are passionate about giving back to young writers and artists.
3. How do I make my entry appealing to the judges?
Our judges review the entries on the basis of originality, creativity, technical skill, and effective use of the media.
4. Can I submit my three-dimensional art?
At this time, we only accept two-dimensional art in our drawing and photography categories for logistical reasons. We know that three-dimensional art takes creativity and technical skill, but the best way to judge 3D art is in person, with the work itself, rather than with a photograph of the piece. At this time, we don’t have a system in place to be able to receive, transfer, store, and judge three-dimensional submissions with up to three different volunteer and professional judges.
5. Should I submit a photo of my art to the photography category or the drawing category?
Submit your photo to the photography category if you want our judges to review and judge your submission as a photograph, according to photography techniques and composition.
However, a photo is not the best way to submit your art to the drawing category because it won’t be the best quality representation. For quality images, we recommend scanning or photocopying art submissions to the drawing category. Printers, copiers, and scanners are available at any Pierce County Library.
6. I have been working on a story that’s longer than 1200 words. How do I shorten my story to meet the 1200 word criteria?
It is a challenge to write a complete story in only 1200 words. You may consider submitting a chapter of your longer story or novel, or editing down to the most compelling core of your story. Revision is an important part of the writing process! You may also consider writing a new story with the 1200 word limitation in mind from the beginning to guide the construction of your story.
7. Is digital art allowed in the drawing category?
Yes, as long as it is your original work.
8. I don’t have a printer or scanner at home. How do I submit?
Printers, copiers, and scanners are available at any Pierce County Library.
9. Can I submit illustrated stories in the short story category?
Yes. The entry will be judged on the content of the story, not on the illustrations.
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