Montpelier Arts Center is seeking original and unpublished submissions for All Our Various Voices, an anthology celebrating the rich diversity of personal or family stories of immigration from writers who are 18 years of age and older and reside in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

Historically, America is a land of immigrants from other countries, across the continent, from the rural south to urban areas, or from agrarian to city locations. Each shift embodies loss, adjustment, fear, joy, and requires new perspectives for survival and success. Tell us your stories in poetry or prose. Selected contributors will receive a free copy.

There is no entry fee for this competition.

  • All submissions must be entered through montpelierartscenter.submittable.com.
  • Submit up to three poems of no more than 75 lines each in three separate documents or one essay/prose based on personal experiences or family histories, limited to  1,200 words. Should be double spaced.
  • Submissions will close on Thursday, May 7, 2021, 11:59 pm.
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted but notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older and reside in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.
  • Submissions should be in a word doc. format.


JUROR

Dr. Karen Arnold, former poet-in-residence at Montpelier Arts Center, where she taught creative writing workshops to children and adults and edited an anthology of their poetry reading series, is the juror. She taught at the University of Maryland, where she edited a book of essays for Teaching Assistants to use as an aid in composition classes. Dr. Arnold has taught at the United States Naval Academy, the University of Lund in Sweden, and led a poetry workshop at the University of Trondheim in Norway. Her chapbook, Border Crossings, was published in 1994, and she has current publications in small press literary journals. Currently, she creates and facilitates veteran reading and discussion groups at Montpelier Arts Center and Towson and Bel Air libraries in cooperation with Maryland Humanities.


AWARDS

The juror will award prizes that will be announced at the public reading in October 2021. Awards will be given for First Place ($200), Second Place ($150), Third Place ($100) and two Honorable Mentions ($50 each).


Schedule of important dates:

Submission Deadline: Thursday, May 7, 2021, 11:59 pm
Notification of Results: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Public Reading: October 24, 2021

For questions or more information, please contact the Montpelier Arts Center by phone at 301-377-7800 or by email at montpelier.arts@pgparks.com.

Montpelier Arts Center is a facility of The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to artists 13–18 years of age who are residents of Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia. Participants may attend public/private middle and high schools, or home school. Submitted artwork not cannot have been previously exhibited at Montpelier Arts Center.

There is no entry fee for this competition.

  • All submissions must be entered through montpelierartscenter.submittable.com.
  • Digital images must be submitted in JPEG format, at a minimum 300 ppi resolution. Video submissions must be 10 minutes or less. Files must be labeled: “LastName-FirstName-Title of Work”.
  • Submissions will close on Sunday, February 21, 2021, 11:59 pm.
  • Each student may enter one (1) piece of artwork. 
  • This year installation art, sculpture, and video art are eligible. Work using materials that are hazardous to the health and safety of the public will be disqualified. All artwork must not exceed 36 inches in any direction. Work intended to hang on the wall must weigh less than 30 lbs., including frame.
  • Works entered must be an original composition created by the entrant.


AWARDS

Awards will be announced at the virtual reception on Saturday, April 17, 2021, 1-2pm. Awards will be given for First Place ($200), Second Place ($150), Third Place ($100), and Honorable Mention ($25).

MEDIA + SIZE

This year installation art, sculpture, and video art are eligible. Work using materials that are hazardous to the health and safety of the public will be disqualified. Video submissions must be 10 minutes or less. All artwork must not exceed 36 inches in any direction. Work intended to hang on the wall must weigh less than 30 lbs., including frame.

ARTWORK DROP OFF

If selected, artwork must be delivered to Montpelier Arts Center by appointment only, March 6 – March 27, 2021, 10 am–5 pm. When work is delivered, the student will be asked and if available to record a brief presentation of their work with a 15-30 second description of the title of the work, media, and, if they wish, the inspiration for their piece. The Drop Off/Pick Up Release Form must be completed and signed. Artists are solely responsible for transporting work to and from the Arts Center.

All artwork must be properly prepared for exhibition in a gallery. Artwork must be appropriately matted, framed, and wired for exhibition. Works on canvas do not need to be framed, but should be properly wired and sides should be clear of staples. Wall-mounted sculpture must be properly prepared to hang. Any work using materials that are hazardous to the health and safety of the public will not be hung. Unstable frames or clips are not permitted, and work that is not gallery-ready will not be hung. All work must remain in the exhibition at Montpelier Arts Center for the entire duration of the show.

ARTWORK PICK UP

Any artwork not sold can be retrieved from Montpelier Arts Center by appointment only, May 3 – May 22, 2021. Artwork not retrieved by 5 pm on May 22, 2021, is subject to a late fee of $5 per day that it is stored at Montpelier Arts Center not to exceed $25. Work may be discarded at the discretion of Montpelier staff if not picked up within 30 days of the official pick up date.

SALES + INSURANCE

It is recommended, but not mandatory, that students price their artwork for sale. The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will retain 25% commission on all artwork sold during or as a result of the exhibition; so, if you want to receive a specific amount for your work, you must add the 25% on top of that to come up with the sales price. The M-NCPPC will insure all consigned artwork in the custody of Montpelier Arts Center from official delivery dates to pick up dates only. Insurance coverage is limited to $300 per work. Montpelier will not be responsible for any loss or damage of any artwork outside of official delivery and pick-up dates. Submission of artwork to the Artists on the Rise exhibition indicates agreement with the stated conditions.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 21, 2021, 11:59 pm

Notification of Results: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Drop Off Artwork: March 6, 2021 - March 27, 2021, 10 am-5 pm by appointment only

Exhibition Dates: April 3 - May 2, 2021, 10 am-5 pm

Virtual Reception + Awards Ceremony: Saturday, April 17, 2021, 1-2 pm

Pick Up Artwork: Monday, May 3, 2021 -Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10 am-5 pm

For questions or more information, please contact the Montpelier Arts Center by phone at 301-377-7800 or by email at montpelier.arts@pgparks.com.

Montpelier Arts Center is a facility of The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.

 

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