Artist Opportunities

Volis Simpson Wirlygig

The North Carolina Arts Council is pleased to share all current opportunities for artists that have been submitted to us. This list is updated on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Please contact the organization listed if you have any questions.

If you would like us to include your artists opportunity please submit it here. If you would like to subscribe to our Artist Opportunities or ArtMatters Newsletter, please sign up here.

Artist working and living in North Carolina are encouraged to take a look at our Regional Artist Project Grant programs for more listings of opportunities offered every fiscal year.

Our opportunities list is divided into the following categories: Craft, Film, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary, Organizations, Performing Arts, Professional Development, Public Art, Residencies, Stores, Sales & Shows, and Visual Arts. Click on the DEADLINE heading to sort the opportunities by due date.
Opportunities provided by the NC Public Art Network will be designated by an asterisk (*) in the Public Art category.

2020-21 Artist Fellowship applications for choreographers, visual, craft, and film/video artists are open until November 1, 2019. 

Category Organization Deadlinesort descending
Professional Development Creative Capital

Designed for artists of all disciplines and at all career stages, webinars are taught by successful artists and arts professionals who share practical tips and tools, case studies and as well as personal examples. Fees.
Literary Arts Gibson House PressChicago, Ill.

Gibson House Press seeks fiction manuscripts for their Fall 2019-Spring 2020 list.
Literary Arts The Centifictionist accepting submissions

The Centifictionist is an online literary magazine that publishes powerful, compelling, and memorable international microfiction in 100 words or less. The Centifictionist publishes two online issues per year, a Spring/Summer issue and a Fall/Winter issue. All issues of The Centifictionist will include thirty pieces of microfiction in each issue, with each individual piece being 100 words or less. Rolling deadline.
Craft Northern Clay CenterMinneapolis, MN

Northern Clay Center continually solicits guest curators and exhibition opportunities for the Emily Galusha Gallery.
Visual Arts GreenHillGreensboro, NC

Seeking North Carolina artists for potential opportunities.
Stores, Sales & Shows Art Therapy Institute 2nd Friday ArtWalk: call for artistsCarrboro

The Art Therapy Institute hosts 2nd Friday ArtWalks monthly! Throughout the year, we showcase our clinical programs, individual clients and community-based artists. Artists from marginalized backgrounds are especially encouraged. We welcome submissions from any and all artists. Current priority is to secure artists for August and September 2019! Rolling deadline for submission.
Organizations NYFANew York, NY

Emerging organizations can apply for fiscal sponsorship through NYFA. Fees. Dealines on June 30, September 30, December 31, and March 31
Residencies Weymouth Center for the Arts and HumanitiesSouthern Pines, NC

Seeking entries for their Writers-in-Residence program for N.C. natives, current residents, or those with significant ties to the state. Rolling deadlines.
Visual Arts Hillsborough Arts Council Call for Gallery Exhibitors 2020Hillsborough

The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery’s mission is to empower local artists to forge productive cultural and socio-economic ties with their community through professional exhibit opportunities in HAC Gallery. We are a gallery founded on the principle that art is a vehicle for intellectual, cultural, and socio-economic growth and that it is the community’s responsibility to collectively support the arts. We provide a free space with no commercial pressure so that you can make your best work and actively engage with this community in the way you choose. Rolling deadline.
Visual Arts Waterworks Visual Arts CenterSalisbury

Waterworks presents three rotating exhibitions in its galleries every year, and welcomes professional artists to submit their work for consideration. Submission deadlines are January 30 and September 30 of each year.
Literary Arts Bull City PressDurham, NC

The literary journal Inch is looking for flash fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Rolling deadline.
Professional Development Capacity Interactive

A digital marketing consulting firm for the arts that offers free webinars throughout the year and hosts an annual Digital Marketing Boot Camp for the Arts Conference.
Literary Arts Hermit Feathers Press accepting poetry manuscripts

Hermit Feathers Press accepts full-length poetry manuscripts on an ongoing basis. Manuscripts should be introduced via query. Rolling deadline.

Visual Arts Durham County LibraryDurham

Calling all artists (photographers, quilters, sculptors, new media and digital artists, etc.). Have your work exhibited at Durham County Library.
Literary Arts Linden Avenue Literary Journal accepting submissions

Linden Avenue Literary Journal publishes poetry, short fiction,and creative non-fiction which highlights the intersection between art and everyday life. Please be sure to include your social media information, website,  and a brief biography with your submission. Rolling deadline.
Craft Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ emergency relief assistance includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment. Protector Online - The Artist’s Guides to Emergencies
Visual Arts Joan Mitchell Foundation

Provides emergency support to artists working in painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community.
Literary Arts Bear Review accepting work

Bear Review is a biannual journal of poetry, art and micro prose based in Kansas City. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Turnaround time is fast. All published writing is automatically considered for an annual editor's prize which includes an honorarium and interview. The first editor's prize will be judged this fall and will consider work from this issue and the fall issue. Submit up to five original, previously unpublished poems or micro prose pieces (fiction or nonfiction, 500 words or fewer). Rolling deadline.
Organizations Downtown RaleighRaleigh, NC

Seeking applicants to showcase their work in a unique outdoor environment. Rolling deadline.
Residencies Women’s Studio WorkshopRosendale, NY

Offering various residencies and internships in printmaking, book arts, ceramics, and photography.
Multidisciplinary Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Urban StagesNew York, NY

Seeking entries for the Emerging Playwright Award. Cash award. Rolling deadline.
Professional Development Springboard for the Arts

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines.
Professional Development VAE RaleighRaleigh

Accepting applications for The Awesome Foundation Grants. The Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Awesome Foundation is a program of VAE Raleigh, with grants being funded with our amazing group of Trustees. Our chapter wants to fund creative ideas that are specific, public, and spark thought in a meaningful way for the Triangle community.
Film The Fledgling Fund

Grant support, outreach, and engagement for social issues documentary film and other storytelling projects. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts American Journal of Poetry

Seeking poetry submissions for online poetry journal. Publication.
Professional Development 1708 GalleryRichmond, VA

Accepting exhibition proposals for gallery space. Honorarium and non-cash awards.
Residencies The BascomHighlands, NC

Emerging artists are invited to apply for The Bascom’s Residency and Internship Programs with focuses on ceramics, education, community, and 2D and 3D artists.
Multidisciplinary Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program

This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Rolling deadline.
Professional Development Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grant

As we advance Southern vitality through the arts, South Arts offers a limited number of Professional Development and Artistic Planning grants to nonprofit performing, visual, media/film, multidisciplinary and literary arts presenting organizations in our nine-state region with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding up to $1,000 is available to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters/programmers/curators, strengthen program design, and increase organizational capacity. For the purposes of these guidelines, “presenters” are defined as organizations that present or host guest artists for engagements in their communities. These grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. A dollar-for-dollar cash match is a requirement. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Southeastern College Art Conference

Seeking submissions of reviews of exhibitions on view within six months of submission date. Rolling deadline.
Professional Development Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists

Offering professional development courses through their podcasts, Thriving Artist.
Film CucalorusWilmington

Cucalorus Film is open for submissions! We’re looking for original works, world premieres, secret videos, and amazing love bombs!!! Creative crowd surfing encouraged.
Literary Arts The Dark Sire accepting submissions

The Dark Sire, a quarterly literary magazine available in digital and print formats, is accepting on-going submissions of short fiction, poetry, and art in the genres of gothic, horror, fantasy, and psychological. Special interest is in darker tones and themes of the representated genres, as well as in abstract art. LGBTQ+ and international works welcome. All submissions must be in English. Short Fiction: up to 5,000 words. Poetry: up to 2 pages in length. Rolling deadline.

Literary Arts CRAFT

Seeking flash fiction and original short fiction for their online publication. Payment. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Blue Ridge Motorcycling Magazine

Blue Ridge Motorcycling Magazine features personality profiles of interesting, attractive and successful riders in the Blue Ridge region, rides to interesting or historic places in the Blue Ridge, and business profiles/reviews of restaurants, breweries or wineries. Articles should be 1,200 to 2,500 words in length. Rolling deadline.

Visual Arts Durham Art GuildDurham

Art@Work is a newer DAG program designed to connect local artists to local businesses. The primary goal being to sell (or lease) local art to local businesses to be displayed in their corporate offices and private or public buildings. Membership fee and non-cash awards.
Visual Arts Durham County Public Library Call for ArtDurham County

The Art Committee reviews applications in early January, April, July and October of each year. You will receive notification on the status of your application by the 15th of the month following the review. The artist is responsible for the exhibit installation and de-installation. Rolling deadline.
Professional Development Arts Matter Workshop SeriesResearch Triangle Park

Triangle Community Foundation has partnered with ARTS Action Research to bring a series of workshops to the Triangle designed specifically to help nonprofit arts organizations with planning, resource development, knowledge building, and assessment to further their artistic missions.
Professional Development Asheville Area Arts CouncilAsheville, NC

Offering one-on-one Artist Business Brainstorm Sessions for artist entrepreneurs.
Residencies Vermont Studio CenterJohnson, VT

Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artists Fund exists to assist visual artists and writers displaced due to natural disasters, climate change, or political turmoil or threat by providing residencies in a safe and supportive community of creative peers. Rolling deadline.
Visual Arts NC Arts Therapy Institute call for artistsCarrboro

Each month, ATI hosts 2nd Friday ArtWalk artists! Throughout the year, we showcase our clinical programs, individual clients and community based artists. If you are interested in showing your work, apply to be an artist! Rolling deadline.
Professional Development South Arts Express Grants

South Arts’ new Express Grant program is an opportunity for presenting arts organizations in rural Southern communities (with populations of 50,000 or below) to receive fee support to present Southern guest performing or literary artists from outside of the presenter’s state. These quick turnaround grants offer more flexibility for programming that may not fit within South Arts’ annual grantmaking schedule. Touring support is awarded to theater, music, opera, musical theater, dance, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry projects that contain both a public performance or reading and an educational component. The maximum request is 50% of the artist fee, up to $2,000. These grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis; so early submission is encouraged. A dollar-for-dollar cash match is a requirement. Rolling deadline.
Visual Arts MakeRoom Artist ResidencyMinneapolis, MN

Individuals or collaborating pairs of artists/makers/creators working in 2-D mediums, performance and words, who live and work outside of the Twin Cities area of Minnesota are welcome to apply for a no-cost, 10-day residency. Individual artists or pairs of collaborating artists will be chosen.
Multidisciplinary Roots Artist Registry

Roots Artist Registry is an online registry and directory of visual, performing, and literary artists. Listing fee.
Professional Development The University of British ColumbiaVancouver, BC (Canada)

Offering online courses and certificate program in cultural planning and development. Fees.
Literary Arts Baldwin at Home: A Call to Writers

For a new blog series celebrating the life of James Baldwin in Saint-Paul de Vence, we are soliciting submissions of articles, book excerpts and personal essays that address the elder Baldwin, from the years 1970 to 1987.
Multidisciplinary Rooted in Rights Blog Idea Submissions

The Rooted in Rights Blog is a platform dedicated to amplifying the authentic perspectives of disabled writers. We invite you to pitch us, because your words have power, and we want to help you share them. Please read the details before submitting your pitch using the form at the bottom of the page. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Frontier Poetry

A new online poetry journal seeking new poets. Cash awards. Rolling deadline.
Craft ClaymakersDurham

Apply to be a new exhibitor at Claymakers; rolling application.
Multidisciplinary The Awesome Foundation grants

Awesome Disability is a chapter of the Awesome Foundation, a global micro-granting community. How it works - Every month, people with awesome ideas submit a grant application. The winner is given $1000, no strings attached. Submit your application by July 15 to be considered for November's grant. Ongoing, rolling deadline.
Professional Development Mayland Community College Small Business CenterSpruce Pine, NC

Offering business and marketing courses with some specifically for artists.
Visual Arts Artfully Reimagined

ReimagineIt Grants are unconditional, non-matching awards made directly to individual artists to help launch or support careers in the inspiring world of repurposed art. Cash awards. Rolling deadline.
Visual Arts Garner Performing Arts CenterGarner

Are you interested in displaying your work at the GPAC? We are always interested in seeing new works and helping artist gain the exposure they deserve! Complete our free online application to get started. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts Lleju Productions accepting submissions

We are currently accepting micro and low budget projects that will be developed solely by LLeju Productions and Films. We do not finance the projects of other companies, nor do we accept animation, biography, or period pieces. LLeju Productions and Films believe that there are many talented individuals who are creating quality material that would be suitable for the production of motion pictures. Therefore, we strive to have an open and inclusive submission policy that does not require you to obtain an agent or a manager. Rolling deadline.
Multidisciplinary The Schuykill CenterPhiladelphia, PA

The Schuylkill Center’s environmental art department accepts submissions of environmentally themed visual artwork. Entry free. Rolling deadline.
Residencies The Skopelos Foundation for the ArtsGreece

Seeking applications for 2018 residencies. Rolling deadlines.
Literary Arts Hamline Lit

Hamline Lit Link intends to connect current and past students within, or interested in, the realm of the English major. We are constantly looking for submissions of various types of writing. Rolling deadline.
Literary Arts LitMag

Seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for publication. Cash awards. Rolling deadline.
Visual Arts Las Laguna Gallery "Animalz" call for artLaguna Beach, CA

For this call for art, Las Laguna Gallery is seeking works that are animals real or mystical. This Call for Art is open to ALL local, national and international artists, professional and amateur working in the disciplines of Acrylic, Airbrush, Assemblage, Charcoal, Color Pencil, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Painting, Pastel, Photography (Traditional and Digital), and Watercolor.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Literary Arts Ackland Art Museum Photo Caption & Short Story ContestChapel Hill

Photo Caption and Short Story Contest at the Ackland Art Museum: Twenty images from the exhibition Lost and Found: Stories for Vernacular Photographs are part of an open contest with prizes to submit captions and short stories as new narratives for recently acquired vernacular photographs. Selected written submissions will then be displayed from Dec. 13, 2019, through Jan. 12, 2020, alongside the photos within the exhibition space. For the entry form and more info, please see Ackland's website.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Film 2020 Documentary Edit and Story Lab

The Documentary Edit and Story Lab supports filmmakers with nonfiction feature films in post-production. Lab fellows advance their projects through rigorous creative exploration and discussion of story structure and character development with world-class advisors. Filmmaking teams work closely with director and editor advisors and staff in a dynamic and supportive environment, and after the lab they receive ongoing creative and strategic support. To take best advantage of the lab, teams should be at a place in their edit at which creative exploration with trusted advisors will advance their project and bring a greater clarity of vision. First-time feature directors as well as mid-career artists are encouraged to apply. 

Monday, December 9, 2019
Professional Development Planning for all campers lunch and learnRaleigh

An interactive lunch and learn workshop session on how to plan and market accessible programs and classes. Participants will learn what to consider when planning inclusive programming, including facilities, program content, staffing, safety, messaging & marketing, application procedures, and gathering information on camper needs.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Stores, Sales & Shows Durham Art Guild Member's Holiday MarketDurham

This is a submission-free non-juried annual exhibition to showcase the work of our valued member artists who are able to display 1 or 2 works of original art priced under $250 each during this exhibition.

Monday, December 9, 2019
Literary Arts The Art of Monteque: Luminous ExpressionLos Angeles, CA

Luminous Expression is a monthly literary digital magazine designed to express the power of literature and storytelling by supporting writers, poets, and literary artists. It is the goal of Luminous Expression to elevate new voices while showcasing different cultures, genres, and mix media. By showcasing literature and storytelling Luminous Expression illuminates the multifaceted worlds of culture, society, art, race, gender, knowledge giving a birdseye view of current and on going issues.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Public Art Asphalt Art Initiative

The Asphalt Art initiative will award grants of up to $25,000 to 10 U.S. cities for new artistic street and public space projects. Eligible cities have populations of 30,000-500,000.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Literary Arts Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards are open to Black writers in America and across the globe. Full-length books of debut fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as collections of short stories, and collections of essays by one author. All works must be newly published. Books must be published in the United States. Books may be self-published. 

Friday, December 13, 2019
Visual Arts ART Habens 2019, International Call for Artists, Special EditionNYC

ART Habens is celebrating its ten years long successful activity launching a special edition, that will once again explore new trends and tendencies in Contemporary Art scene. The competition is open to all artists, both national and international and is great for both established and early career artists who need a boost to their portfolio. Each artist may submit up to three works made in any technique, including:Painting, Mixed Media,Installation,Video Art & Short Film,Fine Art Photography.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Literary Arts Poetry by the Sea Sonnet Contest

Sonnets must be previously unpublished. Each entrant may submit up to eight individual sonnets AND three sonnet crowns. Prize: $500 for the best individual sonnet and $500 for the best sonnet crown. Julie Kane will serve as the contest's final judge.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Literary Arts Shenandoah Poetry Submissions

Shenandoah is accepting poetry submissions. We will also accept submissions in the same window for the GRAYBEAL-GOWEN PRIZE FOR VIRGINIA POETS, which was established to honor the memory of Washington and Lee graduate and lover of poetry, Howerton Gowen. Poets living in or born in Virginia, as well as those with long-term residency in the past, are eligible.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Visual Arts Delta Arts Center Invitational 2020 Call For ProposalsWinston-Salem

We are pleased to announce a call for artists for the “Invitational 2020@ Delta Arts” juried exhibition. We are seeking works of art by African-American artists from North Carolina that showcase the best that our state has to offer.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Film Full Frame 2020 Call for Entries

Each spring, Full Frame brings together filmmakers and film lovers from near and far to celebrate the power and artistry of documentary film. The 23rd annual festival will be held April 2 – 5, 2020, and will feature four days of standout storytelling, conversation, and Southern hospitality in downtown Durham, NC. The Early Deadline to submit is October 15, the Regular Deadline is November 15, and the Late Deadline is December 15.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Visual Arts Art Unblocked 2020Raleigh

Arts Access, in partnership with the City of Raleigh's Block Gallery, is excited to host an exhibition titled Art Unblocked 2020 featuring works of art created by artists with disabilities. The exhibition will be on view April 1, 2020 - June 26, 2020 at the Block Gallery, 222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC. The juried exhibition is open to any artist who identifies as having a disability.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Literary Arts Not One Without submissions

Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water. Guest-edited by Anna Clark. “Thousands have lived without love; not one without water.” In the spirit of W..H. Auden’s words, this forthcoming special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review will explore urgent, complex, and revelatory writingon water from around the world. “Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water” will explore the paradoxes of water, how at once it gives life and takes it; how it divides us along cruel lines of inequality even as it binds us. We welcome a range of genres, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, translations, and pieces that don’t fit into a neat category. MQR is also open for General Submissions in poetry, essay, fiction, translations, reviews, and interviews.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Professional Development Accessibility 102: Communication and MarketingRaleigh

For those who have attended one of our previous workshops or for those who want to dive in deeper, we’ll spend a full workshop session on accessible communication, outreach, and marketing in digital and print materials, covering topics like website accessibility tools, alt tags, image descriptions, captioning and more!
Monday, December 16, 2019
Multidisciplinary Bridgman Studio Award 2019London, UK

Enter the Bridgeman Studio Award 2019 and you could win a $6000 cash prize, plus the winning artwork will be turned into a limited edition print and exhibited in London in March 2020. 5 runners-up will also receive $600 cash and have their works exhibited in the London exhibition.
Monday, December 16, 2019
Film The Film Fund

We're providing funding up to $10,000 per project for short films in a way that's a lot simpler than screenwriting contests, crowdfunding, or applying to grants, because we're sick of seeing these funding avenues dominated by industry experts. Craft and submit one sentence with a compelling premise that also conveys why you need this funding to achieve your vision. Our judges will choose the best one. Get creative capital to use for the production of a short, or use it as a film finishing fund.

Monday, December 16, 2019
Literary Arts Airport Shorts 5.0

The Airport Art Program develops and integrates art, exhibits and performances into the fabric of the Airport environment for the benefit of passengers and employees. For the 5th edition, Airport Shorts will see new life featured on the CNN Channel, viewable on over 500 screens throughout the entire Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with a potential audience of over 100 million travelers each year. Airport Shorts will be featured on the channel once every hour, and we are seeking 11 short films to debut on the channel in 2020. This project is open to filmmakers located both in the US and internationally, but special consideration will be given to Georgia based filmmakers and filmmakers from the American South. The Atlanta Film Society would like to officially invite you to craft a proposal for a visually arresting cinematic piece. Films must be 45-54 seconds. The theme for the 5th edition is “Connections” and may be interpreted however you choose. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Visual Arts Painting Center call for artNYC

The Painting Center in Chelsea is interested in work in all media (under 36” in any direction) featuring blue and its various shades for this juried exhibition. The exhibition will be highly publicized with a catalogue of artists works.
Friday, December 20, 2019
Visual Arts Salisbury Public Art CommitteeSalisbury

The Salisbury Public Art Committee invites sculptors to submit their favorite outdoor pieces for consideration for the 2020 Salisbury Sculpture Show. Selected pieces will be carefully sited to enhance the sculpture’s visibility and ease of access. Sculptures will be selected by a jury of qualified professionals. Work from individuals or teams will be considered; student work is encouraged.
Friday, December 20, 2019
Stores, Sales & Shows Pop Up at Trophy Brewery: October, November and December 2019Raleigh

We work hard each month to present a show that is great for our visitors and our vendors by carefully selecting a mix of vintage, art, food and fun. The right mix of vendors keeps our show growing each year and keeps visitors coming back. We strive to provide our vendors (that might be you!) with the right promotions to create excitement and sales each month.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Multidisciplinary Art Room Gallery "Botanicals" Online Art Competition

Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st “Botanicals” Online Art Competition for the month of December 2019. This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. The Botanicals theme may include any work with interpretation of botanical and floral art (flowers, herbs, fruit, leaves, plants and related floral subjects).

Saturday, December 21, 2019
Multidisciplinary Art Room Gallery "Skies" Online Art Competition

Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st “Skies” Online Art Competition for the month of December 2019. This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. All entries must include the sky as the primary focus. In that representation the gallery seeks artworks with any perspective of the sky, including clouds, night and day sky, dusk and dawn, storms, stars, moon and planets. All visual art mediums are acceptable.

Saturday, December 21, 2019
Visual Arts NeoPopRealism call for submissionsNew York, NY

This contest is all about the arts, the talents, and the visions of our future. No artist would be discriminated because of his/her views. Let's look into our future 20 years from today: the future of our planet, of your country or your personal future. Time flies, and a book "My Vision Of The Future" with this contest's artworks, printed in 2020, would show everyone in 2040 how right or wrong you were today. The book would include all the best images of work submitted to this art contest with the Winners' artwork images on the covers.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Visual Arts National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame call for photographsSaratoga Springs, NY

Photo Finish will showcase work submitted by amateur and professional photographers that relates to the sport of Thoroughbred racing in America. Photographs do not have to be a racing action scene; it is up to the photographer to interpret the theme and be as creative as possible! Interested photographers can submit up to two photographs for consideration, and additional entry details are listed on the application form.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Visual Arts Black Mountain Center for the Arts seeking submissionsBlack Mountain

The Upper Gallery at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is currently seeking submissions for solo and group shows from regional artists for our 2020 and 2021 gallery exhibition schedule. ​ The Black Mountain Center for the Arts, established in 2000, is a non-profit community arts center devoted to nurturing all art forms. Located in the old City Hall building, BMCA now supports a community theatre, concerts, storytelling, dance, a free-standing clay studio, and 10 gallery shows a year.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Literary Arts Labute New Theatre FestivalSt. Louis, MO

Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18′ x 18′ stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes. Up to Eight plays will be chosen. In addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.

Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival
St. Louis Actors’ Studio
360 N Boyle Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Literary Arts Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award

Seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, and graphic narrative submissions for the ninth annual Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award. Submit up to 45 pages of work (flash collections or novella-length single works).

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Literary Arts History through Fiction

History Through Fiction is interested in publishing high quality fiction that is based on historical research. We are looking for stories about real people and real events. Though fictionalized, our books include nonfiction elements such footnotes, endnotes, and/or a bibliography. When submitting, consider whether your historical novel is informative and educational in addition to being a compelling fictional story.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Literary Arts Museum of Dysfunction 10-minute plays

Since 2008, Mildred’s Umbrella has celebrated the dark, quirky, odd, and absurd with a collection of shorts. Now in its twelfth year, Museum of Dysfunction has become a highlight of the Houston theater season. The plays are read blind by a committee and chosen for their alignment with Mildred’s Umbrella’s mission and guidelines, as well as their unique perspective. Plays will require no more than 6 actors. Plays will run no more than 12 minutes. Plays will have minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements. Plays have not been previously produced in the greater Houston area. 

Plays must follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Submission deadline is December 31, 2019.
  • Submissions are only accepted via email and must be in .pdf format.
  • Complete a Google Form with contact and play information to receive an email address link to submit your play. Google Form is at
  • Play Submission is FREE but no more than 2 submissions will be accepted.
  • Plays will require no more than 6 actors.
  • Plays will run no more than 12 minutes.
  • Plays will have minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements.
  • Plays have not been previously produced in the greater Houston area.
  • Plays must included a title sheet with Title, Playwright, cast of characters (with brief description), and setting. (The title sheet will be removed for the reading committee so that submissions are blind.)
  • Plays fall into the weird, dark, quirky, odd, strange, absurd and/or dysfunctional categories.
  • Plays align with Mildred’s Umbrella’s mission: “We strive to feature the work of female playwrights, actors, and directors, which promotes the empowerment of women in theater.”
  • This means either female identifying playwrights and/or a focus on female identifying characters.
  • The aesthetic of Museum of Dysfunction is to highlight the dark corners of life, celebrate difference, and accept our dysfunction. Please submit your plays with this in mind.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Literary Arts Las Vegas Little Theatre's 12th Annual New Works CompetitionLas Vegas, NV

Win the chance to get your play produced by LVLT this season!
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Literary Arts Violet Haas Prize for Poetry

For a 50-75 page manuscript. Sponsored by Snake Nation Press.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Literary Arts +GAMMA RAYS First Novel Prize

This second iteration of the +GAMMA RAYS prize is seeking to publish and promote first-time novelists. Inspired by the final component of the beta decay nuclear equation for Cobalt-60, the +GAMMA RAYS Book Prize recognizes work that leaves an impression. The winner of the +GAMMA RAYS prize will be a book that is transformative. Up to three books will be selected for publication, and the author will receive a competitive book deal. The work, if published, must be the first published novel or novella written by the author. Novel- or novella-length works will be considered.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Literary Arts Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting

The Neukom Institute, the Dartmouth Department of Theater and Vox Theater have once again joined together for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting. Plays should be written in response to the prompt: “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized, digital world?”

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Literary Arts Scuppernong Editions accepting submissionsGreensboro

Scuppernong Editions is seeking written work that explores the personal and political subjects that election talk doesn't abide. We want to hear about the struggles, goals, and aspirations that don't usually make it into political discourse, but which will nonetheless define American life for the foreseeable future. We are accepting submissions of written work across genres--fiction, poetry, essays, creative non-fiction--for "2020 Is Not Our Final Year."
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Visual Arts The Intergalactic Open CallHermosa Beach, CA

This is an Open Call to ALL THEMES, MEDIUMS and artists from ALL LOCATIONS. Cutting edge Hermosa Beach gallery is looking for the best working artists to feature in an upcoming group exhibition at ShockBoxx Gallery at the beginning of 2020. The top artist submissions will win a Cash Prize and Award Certificate, as well as receiving Featured Wall Space in the exhibition.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Literary Arts Bellevue Literary Review

In Fall 2020, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish an issue on the theme of "Reading the Body." We are seeking writing that explores various ideas of "the body"—through metaphor and language ("heartsick," "lily-livered"); as first responders (to illness, stress, culture, religion, freedom); and as agents of change. When we change emotionally or spiritually, our bodies alter; when our bodies alter, our attitudes and spirit do too. Our bodies tell us our truths, reveal our truths, and sometimes blindside us with truths we may not have known. They sing an eloquent, often unconscious song. We welcome submissions of fiction (2-4K words), creative nonfiction (max: 5K words), and poetry.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Literary Arts Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize

The Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize honors Harriet Jacobs and Thomas Jones, two pioneering African-American writers from North Carolina, and seeks to convey the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians. The contest is administered by the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication of the winning entry in The Carolina Quarterly.

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Literary Arts CWC Nonfiction Contest

Entries must be 750-2000 words. This contest is open to all CWC members and to any resident of North Carolina or South Carolina. Entries must original and unpublished. This includes blogs, Facebook, websites and any other digital media. Includes articles and essays on any subject, and any informational piece that is not a fictional story, novel, play or poem.

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Literary Arts Society of Midland Authors Award Competition

The Society of Midland Authors (SMA) literary awards recognize book writing excellence by Midwestern authors. Three judges on each committee will select one winner that is best in that category. Category winners receive $500 and a recognition award. Judges may also deem one or two honorees as worthy of recognition. Each honoree will receive a commemorative award.  All honors are given out at the awards banquet the second Tuesday in May.
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Literary Arts The Frost Place Chapbook Competition

The Frost Place, a nonprofit center for poetry and the arts at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, in partnership with Bull City Press, has established a poetry chapbook fellowship. We invite submissions to the Eighth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press. The 2020 Bull City Chapbook Fellowship at The Frost Place is open to any poet writing in English.
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Literary Arts Lost and Found Caption and Story ContestChapel Hill

Since 2017, the Ackland Art Museum has worked with noted UNC alumnus and collector Robert E. Jackson (MA, ’78) to assemble a collection of vernacular photography. Vernacular photographs are those that are made by individuals, typically presumed to be non-artists, for a wide variety of reasons, including snapshots of everyday subjects taken for personal pleasure. When collected, vernacular photographs typically lack contextual information—basic identifiers such as the names of the subjects, locations, and photographers, as well as the dates the photos were taken—and are, therefore, often discussed and appreciated solely in terms of technique, aesthetic composition, and their amateur or “outsider” status. Lost and Found: Stories for Vernacular Photographs flips this script, inviting the public to supply narratives for the exhibited snapshots. Just as these vernacular photographs themselves—relegated to flea markets, thrift shops, and eBay—are rediscovered by avid collectors and institutions, so, too, can the lost contexts and narratives of these photos be “found” by newly created stories and captions.
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Multidisciplinary Raleigh Fine Arts Society: 2020 North Carolina Annual Artists Exhibition

North Carolina residents are invited to apply for the 2020 North Carolina Annual Artists Exhibition by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society; artists may submit two original works.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Visual Arts Raleigh Fine Arts Society: 2020 North Carolina Annual Artists ExhibitionRaleigh

We invite all North Carolina Artists to enter this year’s Exhibition, the largest annual all media Juried Art Exhibition in NC featuring over $6,000 in awards. The Exhibition will take place March 8 through June 14.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Residencies Arteles Creative Center ResidenciesHämeenkyrö, Finland

Intensive 1 month residencies for artists and creative professionals of all disciplines. Stop the information overflow, go offline and get back to focus in a supportive, natural environment.


Thursday, January 9, 2020
Visual Arts The Blowing Rock Historical Society's Artists in Residence at Edgewood CottageBlowing Rock

Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage is a juried art show that features different artists each week. Think of Edgewood Cottage as your personal art gallery in a beautiful historic setting on Main St. in downtown Blowing Rock, NC. If selected, you will be present in the cottage during your week to greet visitors, sell your art, and demonstrate your techniques.
Friday, January 10, 2020
Visual Arts Murze open callCharlotte

This open call is seeking photographers looking to the decade ahead. We want you to send in a portfolio of your work, up to six images. These images can be themed around travel, landscape, cityscape, portraiture, nature or cultural - essentially a documentation of life and change.

Friday, January 10, 2020
Visual Arts Murze Wildlife Artist CallCharlotte

Wildlife Artist Call - With this artist call we are seeking drawings and studies of animals, natural structures and habitats (we are looking to create a detailed collection and exploration of our natural world) artists are welcome to work in any medium they choose, this may include but is not limited to; drawing, painting, collage, photography. We invite you to submit a portfolio of up to six images for review. 

Friday, January 10, 2020
Residencies Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock Historical Society has issued a call for high-country artists interested in exhibiting their work at Edgewood Cottage for one week during the 2020 Artists in Residence program. The 2020 program will be held each week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. We promote high-quality aspiring artists as well as known veterans and encourage 2D and 3D artists in a variety of mediums to apply.
Friday, January 10, 2020
Literary Arts Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize

The 12th Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize is accepting submissions. Winning poets will be invited to read their poetry at the 12th Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival in Cary, North Carolina, on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Winning poets will be published in the festival anthology, hasret/longing and their work will be nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Friday, January 10, 2020
Visual Arts Prisma Art PrizeRome, Italy

The cultural association Il Varco is glad to announce its 3RD PRISMA Art Prize, an exhibition entirely organized by artists for the artists. A painting competition with $2000+ in Cash Awards and many other prizes, which takes place seasonally and yearly in Rome.
Friday, January 10, 2020
Stores, Sales & Shows Craven Arts Council & Gallery Plein Air CompetitionNew Bern

Plein Air New Bern is an event to showcase the beauty, history, and unique qualities of New Bern, NC through the timeless and elegant medium of plein air painting. Twenty five artists will be invited to stay in New Bern for a six day painting competition with juried awards and sales opportunities, culminating in a Collector’s Sale and Gala. This inaugural event will take place May 11th-16th, and will offer artists numerous breathtaking locations to complete original works. Artists’ daily completed works will be displayed in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts, a 1,200 square foot exhibition space housed in a turn of the century former bank building in the downtown area.
Friday, January 10, 2020
Visual Arts In the In-BetweenPhiladelphia, PA

In the In-Between seeks contemporary B&W photography in all its forms for its next online exhibition. Primal Sight will be juried by NYC-based curator and writer, Efrem Zelony-Mindell. Selected entries will be included in the online exhibition Primal Sight, to be published on In the In-Between in March 2020. All entries will be considered for future iterations of this ongoing curatorial project.


Sunday, January 12, 2020
Literary Arts NCPS Pinesong Awards

The North Carolina Poetry Society is accepting submissions for the 11 contests that comprise the adult portion of the Pinesong Awards for 2020. Winning poets will receive cash prizes and be invited to read their poems at the awards day celebration in May. Their poems will be published in the 56th volume of the Pinesong awards anthology. Contests include The Poet Laureate Award; the new Alice Osborn Award for poems for children; the Ruth Moose Sestina Award; and many more.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Literary Arts Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network, encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Each entry must be an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words. Final judge: Jane Wong. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Public Art Works in Progress IVFayetteville

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is seeking sculptures and temporary installations for its annual Works in Progress IV. The Arts Council will place 10-20 works at varied and diverse sites in downtown Fayetteville. Works will be leased for a period of no less than one year. Lease amounts should range from $1,000 to $2,000.

Click here for details and RFQ. Click here for the Arts Council's website.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Stores, Sales & Shows Durham Art Walk Spring MarketDurham

The Durham Art Walk Spring Market will usher in the season with a weekend full of visual art by local makers, ongoing live music, food truck favorites, and great shopping. The Durham Art Walk Spring Market will take place March 7-8, 2020. This is a non-juried event; we do our best to include all interested visual artists.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Visual Arts 12th Annual North Ridge Country Club Art Gala call for artistsRaleigh

Call for artists: opportunity to show at the 12th Annual North Ridge Country Club Art Gala.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Visual Arts Murze Double-Vision Artist CallCharlotte

Double-Vision Artist Call: Fake news, political division and stricter borders. We are encouraging artists to respond to the current political landscape. With this artist call we are interested in artists creating responsive, challenging work that addresses cultural power structures, social challenges and environmental issues. 

Monday, January 20, 2020
Public Art Outdoor Public Murals in Downtown KinstonKinston

The City of Kinston and Mural Selection Committee is seeking qualifications from artists or teams for the commission of outdoor public murals in downtown Kinston, NC. The City expects to select up to eight artists/teams for up to eight murals to be completed by August 2020. We are interested in applications from artists with a range of experiences and skill sets. Local artists, artists with a North Carolina connection, as well as national and international artists are encouraged to apply. 

Click here for details and RFQ.
Monday, January 20, 2020
Literary Arts Eric Hoffer Book Awards

Open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last two years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over two years enter the "Legacy Fiction" or "Legacy Nonfiction" category.) CATEGORIES: Art, Poetry, Chapbook, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Middle Reader, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Crime, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Short Story/Anthology, Romance, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction. In this tough economic time, your book is always a great value, and the Eric Hoffer Book Award is the most economical way to achieve publicity and recognition.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Visual Arts Annual Women's Club of Raleigh Art CompetitionRaleigh

The Women's Club of Raleigh will hold their annual Art Festival in January 2020. This year's theme is Life, Liberty and Happiness. This is a juried contest with prizes. Contact Martha Keravouri for more information and to arrange art drop off. 

Friday, January 24, 2020
Visual Arts 311 Gallery "Abstracts Matter"Raleigh

"Abstracts Matter", a National Juried Art Show, is now open for on-line entries. This popular show will be on exhibit in Downtown Raleigh in March 2020. Both 2-D and 3-D art is eligible. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Literary Arts Name Change: Stories of Transformation and Identity

Writers Amabel Kylee Síorghlas and Jaquelyn Fernandez Rieke are creating and publishing an anthology: Name Change: Stories of Identity & Transformation. We seek original creative nonfiction essays, poems, and B&W Images/Art about the decision to change one's given name—first, middle, or last name (or all three)—as well as the outcome of implementing the change, especially the social, societal, and identity shifts related to that decision. We seek diverse voices to share poignant stories of choosing a new name in order to better suit personality or life purpose, to fully inhabit gender or sexual identity, to assimilate into a new culture, as a rite of passage and personal growth, for spiritual purposes, for activist reasons, or for love and marriage, and the list goes on. The reasons for choosing a new name are vast and deep, wrought with intense introspection, leading to significant personal transformation.

Friday, January 31, 2020
Visual Arts Multifaith Action Society CalendarVancouver, BC

Each year, the Multifaith Action Society invites artists to submit works of art for publication in our upcoming Multifaith Calendar. The theme for our upcoming 2021 edition is: Living Legacies How to Submit Entries.Submit digital images (up to 5) in low resolution (jpg/72dpi).

Friday, January 31, 2020
Visual Arts Durham Arts Council Annual Call for ArtistsDurham

The DAC 2020–2021 Annual Call for Artists is now open! The Durham Arts Council issues an annual call to 2-D visual artists to select work for exhibit in its Allenton and Semans Galleries. The DAC is also searching for artists who create large 2-D works to exhibit in the pre-function corridor of the Durham Convention Center in downtown Durham. Exhibits selected through this Call for Artists will take place between July 2020 and July 2021. Application fee is $15.

Friday, January 31, 2020
Multidisciplinary Innovate GrantWilmington, DE

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for Winter 2019. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Visual Arts Subversive Celebration: International Altered Card ExhibitionVermillion, SD

Challenge the social custom of giving boring store-bought greeting cards for every occasion. Artist Klaire A. Lockheart wants you to help celebrate her birthday by altering a standard greeting card into a work of art, which she will display at Gallery 110 at the University of South Dakota. All entries that follow the guidelines will be included in the show from March 4-27, 2020.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Film Sixth Annual Longleaf Film FestivalRaleigh, NC

Longleaf Film Festival, a program of the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh, is officially accepting entries for the sixth annual Longleaf Film Festival, to be held Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, 2020. For 2020, Longleaf Film Festival is thrilled to announce its partnership with Come Hear North Carolina, which is Presenting Sponsor for this year’s event. @ComeHearNC—a yearlong initiative between the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council—celebrates the rich legacy of North Carolinians’ groundbreaking contributions to American music while also recognizing the contemporary artists who continue this tradition of making innovative music.

To be eligible for selection in Longleaf 2020, filmmakers and/or films must have a North Carolina connection and/or be one of Longleaf’s former Official Selection filmmakers. Submission information is available at

Longleaf Film FestivalNC Museum of HistoryCome Hear North Carolina@ComeHearNC
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Literary Arts Teach. Write. Submissions

Teach. Write. is a biannual online publication of the blog Hey, Mrs. Winkler: Musings and Mutterings About Higher Education in the South. Teach. Write. was created to provide a place for composition teachers to submit their work; however, submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry are open to all.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Professional Development 33rd Annual NC Potters ConferenceSeagrove

33rd Annual NC Potters Conference hosted by the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC Dates: March 5-8th, 2020. The NC Potters conference is centered around two-days of demonstrating artists in addition to multiple speakers to instill this year’s theme, which is The Similarities in our Differences.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Literary Arts Boulevard accepting submissions

Boulevard strives to publish only the finest in fiction and nonfiction (up to 8,000 words) and poetry (up to 200 lines). While we frequently publish writers with previous credits, we are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard. Paying market.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Craft Apprenticeship with Brooks Design GroupOak Ridge

Apprentice with an internationally experienced designer for a hands-on, 8 week course in bag design and samplemaking. A chance to learn one-on-one from a retired leather craftsman with a history of designing for premium brands such as Coach, Shinola, and hartmann Luggage.


Monday, June 1, 2020
Residencies Black Mountain Press writer/artist in residence programAsheville

The Black Mountain Press is pleased to announce its new writer/artist in residence program. The residence takes place in our previous location which was a converted child care center. There is plenty of room to stretch out in this house with large fenced yard, minutes away from hiking trails, trout streams, & biking trails!
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Multidisciplinary The Art of Monteque: IlluminationLos Angeles, CA

llumination is a three day event celebrating the arts, life and community with music, visual arts, dance, poetry, and performances bringing together the community and the arts in celebration of life, unity and equality.For artist who would like to participate there are still openings for visual artists, poets and photographers. artists who would like to participate there is a $40.00 submission fee and we ask artists who have been selected to participate to donate a piece of artwork.
Friday, July 24, 2020