Augusta literary competition open to S.C. writers

Porter Fleming Literary Competition awards $7,000 in cash prizes

Submission deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Porter Fleming Literary CompetitionThe Porter Fleming Literary Competition honors the memory of Porter Fleming, one of Augusta, Georgia’s leading citizens and foremost philanthropists. The competition is administered, with the support of the Porter Fleming Foundation, by the Morris Museum of Art, the first museum in the country to focus on the art and artists of the American South.

The Porter Fleming Literary Competition consists of four categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and one-act play—and awards $7,000 in cash awards.

Writers ages 18 and older who reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are eligible to enter. There is a $15 entry fee. Get all the details and entry form here. Perusing the list of winners from 2017, you'll find several #SCartists. Let's do that again. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.

HURRY! Design Charleston Library’s next library card

Submission deadline: Monday, Dec. 31

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is hosting its first library card design contest, and library lovers age 18 and older are encouraged to submit an original design for a future limited-edition library card. The public will have a chance to vote online for the finalists, and a library committee will select the winning card design to be printed and made available to CCPL patrons in the spring of 2019. No art awards on your mantel? No worries! Submissions may be in any art medium (illustration, pen, photography, etc.) regardless of whether an artist’s skills range from doodle to divine. Need design inspiration? Browse CCPL’s collection of artist biographies, documentaries, comic books, magazines, and more print and digital resources for free motivation. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. The winner of CCPL’s Library Card Design Contest will certainly receive plenty of exposure across the county – CCPL currently serves residents with 16 locations and a bookmobile, and five new branches are in various stages of the design/construction process. Participants may submit multiple entries, and all artwork must be original and free of copyright restrictions. Submissions will only be accepted online and must be uploaded to the contest webpage by midnight on Monday, Dec. 31. Visit to review the design template, see a complete list of contest rules, and upload your design.

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Electric City Playhouse announces playwriting contest

Submission deadline: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

Electric City Playhouse in Anderson is holding a One-Act Script Writing Contest. The winning one-act will be produced and featured in the theatre's ECP Plus production of "Life Stages,"running April 26-28, 2019. The production will be cast and directed by Mary Nickles. "Life Stages" will also include the one-acts "Forgetting to Remember" and "Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn." Required subject matter is a "Stage of Life." This could include situations applicable to, but not limited to, young adults. Subjects can be everything from the trials and tribulations of growing up to the experiences associated with middle age. Comedic and dramatic scripts are welcome. More information and full submission rules are available at Electric City Playhouse's 2019 season will also include Tuck Everlasting: The Musical, 1959 Pink Thunderbird, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, Moon Over Buffalo, Messiah on the Frigidaire, and Santaland Diaries. Tickets at or call 864.224.4248.

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Calling South Carolina student artists!

Submission deadline: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

From now through February 19, 2019 Lake City’s ArtFields Jr. is accepting art submissions from South Carolina student-artists in grades 1-12 who are 18 years old or younger. Submissions are free and over $5,000 is up for grabs in prize money, with individual prizes ranging from $250 for lower elementary students, and up to $500 for first prize high schoolers. Besides the monetary awards up for grabs in four grade categories, selected ArtFields Jr. artists will have their work on display during ArtFields for the thousands of visitors who travel to the event each year and will have the opportunity to win student choice awards voted by fellow students. Each submission will be submitted online through the ArtFields Jr. ArtBooth submission platform. The submission process will include a consent form. If you are a teacher or parent assisting multiple students with submitting artwork, please note that the same email address cannot be used for multiple applications. Each application requires an individual student’s or parent’s email address. ArtFields Jr. will use provided emails for all communications. Artwork will be judged based on the following criteria:
  • Creativity and originality
  • Quality of composition and overall design
  • Technical ability
  • Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?
  • Artist Statement
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S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon Art Sale makes call for art

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

2018 S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon Art Sale South Carolina artists have the unique opportunity to be featured in front of the state's most arts-savvy patrons on the day of its highest arts awards. The South Carolina Arts Foundation (SCAF) invites South Carolina artists to participate in the 2019 Art Sale, held in conjunction with South Carolina Arts Awards Day on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (subject to change). The sale is always the centerpiece of the South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon, a celebration of the recipients South Carolina Arts Awards: the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The art sale and the luncheon will be at the USC Alumni Center (900 Senate St., Columbia). The Art Sale serves as an sales opportunity for South Carolina’s visual artists and as an opportunity to build and promote arts patronage within the state. A panel of SCAF board members and other arts professionals will select artists whose work will appear in the 2019 sale. When submitting work for the 2019 Art Sale, artists should follow the guidelines below. Each artist will determine the price of work submitted for the Art Sale. Should a patron select a work for purchase, the price will be split 75/25 (artist/SCAF). While some works will carry a higher price, works priced up to $500 have been more likely to sell in past years. Artists are requested to provide high-quality digital images of the work(s) the Art Sale Committee selects for possible inclusion in print and online promotional materials. To be considered for the Art Sale, please apply online through Submittable at

2019 South Carolina Arts Awards Luncheon Art Sale: Guidelines and Conditions

  1. Works should be of high artistic quality.
  2. Works should have a broad appeal.
  3. Works must be original.
  4. Works must be framed with appropriate hanging devices (in the case of wall-hung pieces).
  5. Works should be representative of the artist’s style.
  6. Artists are requested to provide high-quality digital images of the work(s) selected to be included in print and online promotional materials.
Size Restrictions
  1. 2-D work must not exceed 24” height and 36” width (inclusive of frame) to conform to the size of the freestanding wall system. We may be able to accommodate works that are larger.
  2. 3-D work should be freestanding or should be able to fit on a pedestal that is 24” x 24.”
  3. The parameters for dimensions are meant to serve as a guide and not as absolute dimensions.
Prices Artworks included in the Awards Luncheon Art Sale should not exceed $500.00 to encourage and accommodate impulse purchases during a one-hour sale. Conditions of Sale
  1. The South Carolina Arts Foundation will handle the sale with a 75/25 split (artist/SCAF) of the artist’s stated price.
  2. Payment to the artist will be made within 2-3 weeks after the event.
Artists with Gallery Representation Artists who are represented by a gallery are encouraged to notify the gallery of his/her participation in this sale.
If you have any questions, please contact Nick Boismenu with the South Carolina Arts Commission by calling 803.734.0014 or emailing The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.

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Outdoor sculptures sought for 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest

Submission deadline: Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

North Charleston Arts Fest 2018, by Zan Maddox/Social Design House Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 14th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, which opens in conjunction with the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award:
  • Best in Show ($1000),
  • Outstanding Merit ($500),
  • and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).
The application is only available online and may be accessed here. An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children's play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.


The juror for this year’s exhibition is Katelyn Kirnie. Kirnie has served as the Director of Public Art Chattanooga since 2016. She moved back to her hometown of Chattanooga, Tenn., after living and working in Portland, Ore., and Boston – where she managed the public art program for the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Katelyn was introduced to the public art world early in her career as exhibition manager for renowned sculptor, John Henry. She went on to establish an award winning and highly anticipated rotating mural program, dubbed The Greenway Wall, in Boston. She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Boston University and has an extensive background in fabrication project management and exhibition production for the public realm. Katelyn is inspired by the way art and artists enhance the urban environment - adding meaning, building community, and creating connection.


The 14th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be on display May 1, 2019, through March 22, 2020, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Ave. in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email, or visit

Call for scripts on the disability experience

Application deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in the U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance—in the form of plays, screenplays,  or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations in the style of realism, through the creation of fictional characters and settings, or writing metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience. Learn more about the 2019 Playwright Discovery Award Program and how to apply.  

GCCA exhibition committee issues call for art

Deadline for proposals: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. It's extra large today because The Hub is feeling festive. Moving along now. Greenville Center for Creative Arts invites established and emerging artists (ages 18+) to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2020/2021 exhibition calendar.  The GCCA Main Gallery provides approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and features the work of local, regional, national, and international artists from all disciplines in 6 shows per year.  All mediums will be considered for exhibition. Exhibition proposals will be reviewed and scored by the GCCA Exhibition Committee using the following criteria:
  • Work reflects consistency of quality
  • Work reflects clear objectives and a strong overall concept or theme
  • Work represents GCCA’s mission to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration  
  • Only original artwork created and executed by the applicant will be considered for exhibition
Submission Requirements:
  • Artist Statement or Exhibition Description
  • Artist Bio
  • CV or Resume
  • 6-8 images of work
$30 application fee submitted electronically with application form. Click here to submit a solo or group exhibition proposal to GCCA.

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African-American fiber artists sought for North Charleston Arts Fest

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African-American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 1-5 in North Charleston. The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone. African-American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the United States and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the 13th Annual African-American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled "BLACK GOLD." The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from May 1-June 21, 2019. A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit a maximum of four entries for consideration. Up to two entries per artist may be selected by the curator for the exhibition. The application is available online. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 1, 2019. Curated by award winning master art quilter and curator, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African-American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year's theme is directly inspired by the song "Black Gold" by Esperanza Spalding from her 2012 album "Radio Music Society." Washington was particularly moved by the lyrics, "Think of all the strength you have in you / From the blood you carry within you / Ancient ones, powerful ones / Built us a civilization..." The challenge for this year's exhibit is for artists to review the full lyrics of Spalding's song, as well as the official music video, then create a fiber art piece that will inspire the next generation. Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. The 13th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: "BLACK GOLD" will be on display 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from May 1-June 21, 2019, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall (2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston). Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the participating artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email, or visit

Competition offers writers $7,000 in cash prizes