Young Artists & Authors Showcase Specifications

Artwork

  • Artists should be between 13-18 years old as of the application deadline. See the Artist Guidelines for more information.
  • One (1) piece of artwork will be accepted from each U.S. member community and one (1) from each of their sister cities. Artists should contact their local sister city contact for more information. 
  • Find out if your city is a member here.
  • Members with multiple entries are encouraged to form their own local competitions and submit the winner to Sister Cities International’s national competition. All media is encouraged.

Essay/Poetry

  • Authors should be between 13-18 years old as of the application deadline. See the Author Guidelines for more information.
  • Entries are limited to one (1) per student and five (5) per classroom.
  • Essays should not exceed 500 works and poetry should not exceed 200 words.

Photography

  • Artists should be between 13-22 years old as of the application deadline. See photographer guidelines for more information.
  • Original photography should be submitted via Instagram.
  •  Multiple entries are allowed per student.
  • Essays should not exceed 500 works and poetry should not exceed 200 words.

Short Film

  • Artists should be between 13-22 years old as of the application deadline. 
  • Submit the film to Cinequest by the submission deadline
  • Films should be 1 - 10 minutes in length.

Questions? Email youth@sistercities.org.

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