Professional writers will review entries on the basis of originality, style, general presentation, grammar, spelling and evidence of skill commensurate with the age of the writer.
Submit a high-quality image of your original photograph or drawing. We understand that printers, scanners, and photocopiers may not be available, so when taking photos of your art submissions, make sure you have good lighting, clear focus, and no background objects.
Professional artists will review entries on the basis of composition, evidence of skill commensurate with the age of the artist, creativity and an effective use of media.
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
In order to qualify, you must...
See the Entry Form for all other Guidelines.
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.
Our judges review the entries on the basis of originality, creativity, technical skill, and effective use of the media.
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.
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 may 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, if possible. We understand that printers, scanners, and photocopiers may not be available, so when taking photos of your art submissions, make sure you have good lighting, clear focus, and no background objects.
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.
Yes, as long as it is your original work.
We understand that printers, scanners, and photocopiers may not be available right now, so when taking photos of your submissions, make sure you have good lighting, clear focus, and no background objects.
Yes. The entry will be judged on the content of the story, not on the illustrations.
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