2021 YOUNG ARTISTS AND AUTHORS SHOWCASE

2021 YOUNG ARTIST AND AUTHORS SHOWCASE (YAAS)

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2021

The showcase gives Long Beach youth the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original art, photography, literature, and music. Help spread the word.  Click here to download a copy of the flyer.

Sister Cities of Long Beach

This year’s theme will be “United in Hope”.

Students should explore the following questions through the lens of citizen diplomacy and include creative ways that we stand together looking toward the future.

How can the next generation of citizen diplomats help communities respond during and after the pandemic?

  • In what ways does international experience affect an individual or community’s ability to stay hopeful?
  • What are some examples or illustrations of coming together and celebrating our hope in humanity and its future
  • What are some unique ways that your city, country, or culture has proven to be hopeful during the past year?

Sister Cities of Long Beach

Eligibility

  • Students must be between 13 and 18 years of age at the time of the 2021 deadline.
  • Student entries must be submitted through Sister Cities of Long Beach.
  • All entries must meet the criteria listed below.
  • All entries must conform to Sister Cities of Long Beach policy on plagiarism found here.
  • All entries must be submitted and received with a completed application by April 26 , 2021. Submit entries by uploading them along with the application below

Awards

  • Photographs of all artists’ work (in the case of the Musicians Showcase, artists’ names and names of the pieces) will be published to Sister Cities of Long Beach website.
  • One artist will be selected as the winner for each category.
  • The local winner for each category will receive $150.
  • Local winning entries will be submitted to the International Competition.
    • Each International category’s Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000.
    • Each International category’s 2nd Place Winner will receive $250.
    • Each International category’s 3rd Place Winner will receive $100.
  • International winners will be announced at the virtual Youth Leadership Summit tentatively scheduled for August 12-13, 2021.

Content Guidelines for All Categories

Click here to download a print-friendly copy of the guidelines.

YAAS Artist Showcase
Important note: This year we will not be accepting physical artwork, only photographs of the artwork. To ensure our judges have the best quality view of your work, please confirm that photographs are no less than 180 dpi.
 
  • Media accepted in this category include oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, colored pencil, crayon, ink, marker, etching, collage, etcetera. 
  • Students must send the photograph of their artwork to Sister Cities of Long Beach by uploading it along with the entry form below.
  • All photos must be submitted by April 26, 2021.
  • Judges will evaluate submissions based on theme interpretation, originality, and creativity.
  • All work must be original.
Author Showcase

  • Articles can be creative writing, essays, anecdotes, and other written works following the content guidelines above.
  • Article submissions are not to exceed 500 words.
  • Submissions must be written in English.
  • All articles must be submitted to Sister Cities of Long Beach by uploading it along with the entry form below in a PDF format.
  • Judges will evaluate submissions based on theme interpretation, originality, composition, and grammar.
  • All work must be original.
Poets Showcase
    • Poetry submissions are not to exceed 200 words.
    • Submissions must be written in English.
    • All poems must be submitted to Sister Cities of Long Beach by uploading it along with the entry form below in a PDF format.
    • Judges will evaluate submissions based on theme interpretation, originality, composition, and grammar.
    • All poetry pieces must be submitted via e-mail by April 26,  2021.
    • All work must be original.
Photographers Showcase


Important note: To ensure our judges have the best quality view of your work, please confirm that photographs are no less than 180 dpi.

  • Students must send the photograph to Sister Cities of Long Beach by uploading it along with the entry form below.
  • All photos must be submitted by April 26, 2021.
  • Judges will evaluate submissions based on theme interpretation, originality, and creativity.
  • All work must be original.

Musicians Showcase Original Pieces

  • Only solo musicians may compete in this category. (i.e. no collaborations, bands, or groups).
  • Students should submit their music pieces in MP3 or WAV format by uploading it along with the entry form below.
  • Only audio submissions will be accepted; no videos.
  • All musical pieces must be submitted by April 26, 2021.
  • Judges will evaluate submissions based on theme interpretation, originality, and creativity.
  • The piece must be original.
Musicians Showcase Reinterpreted Pieces
    • Only solo musicians may compete in this category. (i.e. no collaborations, bands, or groups)
    • Students should submit their music pieces in MP3 or WAV format by uploading it along with the entry form below.
    • Only audio submissions will be accepted; no videos.
    • All musical pieces must be submitted  by April 26, 2021.
    • Judges will evaluate submissions based on theme interpretation and creativity.
    • The piece must be a cover or reinterpretation of an existing piece.
Sister Cities of Long Beach

YAAS SUBMISSION FORM