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Top Upcoming Art Competitions In Philadelphia

September 10, 2012 4:00 AM

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The art world can be very difficult to break into. Whether your medium is visual arts, poetry or novel writing, many would-be artists just don’t know how to get their foot in the door. If that describes you, or if you need new art to spruce up your life, then read on, because one of these Philadelphia-area contests happening this fall may be right for you.

Woodbury Fall Arts Fest
Main Street
PO Box 49
Woodbury, NJ 08096
(856) 845-8655

Date: Sept. 29
Price: from $65

Woodbury, N.J. is a mere 10-minute drive from downtown Philadelphia, and Sept. 29, it’ll be worth the short distance. The festival celebrates all artistic media including visual artist, crafts, artisan cooking, performing arts and music. Awards for best of show and best display will be presented. You can also enjoy a wine and cheese tasting, a craft beer garden and an art of spice chili cook off. Moreover, there are dozens of Etsy shops in attendance, so the festival will even help you start your Christmas shopping early. If you are an artist or an art enthusiast, this is an event not to be missed. Click here for full entry requirements.

Related: Top Up-And-Coming Artists In Philadelphia

Philadelphia Stories’ Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry
93 Old York Road, Suite1/#1-753
Jenkintown, PA 19046
(215) 551-5889

Submission Deadline: Nov. 15
Price: $10

Philadelphia Stories is the region’s best periodical of art written by authors originally from or living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware. Once a year, they hold a national prize for fiction, which closes in June, and a national prize for poetry that closes in November. The contest is for previously unpublished poetry of up to five pages. The winner of the poetry award takes home a $1,000 cash prize, an invitation to an awards event in Philadelphia in the spring of 2013, and publication in the Spring 2013 issue. Moreover, all entrants will receive a complimentary one-year membership to Philadelphia Stories, so no matter the outcome, if you enter, you’ll win. Click here for full entry requirements.

The Collab Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100

Date: Nov. 19
Price: free

The theme of this year’s Collab Design competition is “Game On!” The challenge is for students who are enrolled in a college or university to design a new game or repackage an existing iconic game. A full- or half-scale model of the game with its pieces must be submitted along with a presentation board that illustrates the packaging and design of the game. The first-prize winner will receive $1,000 and a selection of the winning projects will be published on the Philadelphia Museum of Art website and in the Collab Journal. Click here for full entry requirements.

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 33rd Annual International Juried Exhibition
300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-4980

Start Date: Nov. 4
Price: $20 for members with two paintings/$30 for non-membres with two paintings

The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society will be holding its international juried art exhibition at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. That’s less than a two-hour drive from Philadelphia, and it will be worth your time. Compete for more than $9,000 in cash and merchandise awards. Plus, paintings may be priced for sale. The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years or older working with water media on paper. Click here for full entry requirements.

The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Photography Portfolio Competition
2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100

Date: Oct. 11
Price: free

If you take photography seriously and you’d like to enter some of your photographs into a competition, this is the event for you. Even though the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts this photography competition, it is open to all photographers 18 years or older. An expert jury will choose one photograph by each of six artists to be published in a portfolio. The museum will exhibit the portfolio, and it will be sold as a limited edition. Each winning photographer will be awarded $1,000, a copy of the portfolio, and 5 percent from the sale of the portfolios. Click here for full entry requirements.

Related: Top Spots For Glass Arts In Philadelphia

Katherine Ernst is a full-time novelist and freelance writer in Montgomery County. Follow her activity on her blog at Her work can be found at

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