Art Tales Writing Contest
Art Tales Winners Announced
All participants invited to a reception & reading on June 8
Art Tales is pleased to announce our 2017 Art Tales Award winners. All winners will receive a certificate and bound edition of their entry. in addition, each first and second place winner will receive a cash prize and the third place winner receives a journal. All participants of the 9th annual Art Tales creative writing contest are invited to attend a special reception and reading with refreshments. This reception will take place at E.P. Foster Library, 2nd floor, 651 E Main St. in downtown Ventura on Thursday, June 8 at 5:30 pm. Family, friends and the public are also invited to attend this reception.
Winners are asked to RSVP to Art Tales Curator Tobie Roach by contacting her via email or via phone at 805-658-4759 by June 1.
The 2017 Art Tales Winners
Youth (12 or less) Poetry
First Place---Rachel Patrykus, Mirage Island, Age 12
Third Place---Katie Trevisan, A Whale's Tail, Age 11
Youth (12 or less) Fiction
Third Place---Sienna Mody, Stolen Ventura, Age 10
Teen (13-17) Poetry
First Place---Penelope (Penny) Duran, Savior of the Sea, Age 14, From NJ
Second Place---Jolee Niberding-Swanberg, Under, Age 17
Third Place---Sophie Stimer, Survivors, Age 16
Teen (13-17) Fiction
First Place---Nadia Connelly, Ventura by the Sea, Age 13
Second Place---Calista Marsh, The Last Whale, Age 16
Third Place---Anna Berezovskiy, Sun by the Sea, Age 14
Adult (18-up) Poetry
First Place---Melissa Waters, Living Waters
Second Place---Andres Rene Rodriguez, Magic Brush by the Sea
Third Place---Annabelle Warren, The Bight
Adult (18-up) Fiction
First Place---Patty Vickers, The Tides of March, From Maryland
Second Place---Juan David Cure, Luna de Viajes/Travelers Moon, From N. Carolina
Third Place---Rick Garcia, Crossing the Sea Bridge
We would like to thank all of this year's participants. It's amazing to read the many ways in which the artworks of our Municipal collection, as well as our Public Art, inspire such creative stories and poems.
We would also like to thank our five contest judges. They were Ventura County Poet Laureate Phil Taggart, Ventura County Librarian Irma Morales, Ventura Poet Richard Newsham, Ventura Library Advisory Commissioner Debbie Giles and Community Partnerships Manager Denise Sindelar. The judges received all entries "blind"-- i.e., identified only by (1) a number, (2) the artwork that inspired it, (3) the prose or poetry category and (4) the age group of the writer.
Entries are accepted each year. Check back on this page for more information on the 2018 Art Tales Contest.
- Visit E.P. Foster Library, 651 E Main St in Ventura, to view the current exhibit of artworks from the City of Ventura Municipal Art Collection: View images and complete contest kit.
- Write an original poem or short story (no more than 500 words in length) inspired by one of the artworks there that "calls" to you. Only one contest entry per person please.
- Prepare your entry as an electronic word document, in a twelve-point font, including at the top: the author's name, address, phone number, email address, age, title of work and number of words.
- Submit your entry by contest deadline to [email protected] by email only with #arttales contest entry# as the email subject line - together with a completed release form (see next item below).
- Complete a release form. Parents must do this for youth entries under 18 - Save a copy to your desktop, fill it in, then save and send it along with your entry poem or short story.
A committee of professionals, educators, librarians and City of Ventura staff will judge entries on creativity, presentation and correspondence to a specific artwork to select their top three choices for separate poetry and short fiction categories in three age divisions: Youth (grades 2 - 8) High School (grades 9 - 12) Adult (age 18 and up)
All winners receive a booklet of the winning entries with cash prizes for first ($30) and second ($15) place. The Mayor of Ventura presents the awards in May during a library reading of works by contest winners: all contest participants, their families and friends and the public are invited to attend this special event where refreshments are served.
Qualified entries shall be:
- Either a single short story or poem (one entry per person)
- No longer than 500 words
- Written solely by the entrant
- Not previously published
- Nor in conflict with trademark, copyright, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or any other rights, of any kind or nature, of any other person or entity
- Which does not include any language or other content that is indecent or inappropriate as determined by the city in its discretion.
The City of Ventura is pleased to sponsor the annual creative contest open to all writers worldwide in partnership with E.P. Foster Library located at 651 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. The contest invites imaginative writers of all ages to compose a short story or poem (500 words maximum) inspired by one of the artworks currently on exhibit at the library from the Municipal Art Collection. These selections from the City Hall collection are rotated annually to a special second floor exhibit space near the library's rear (children's) entrance in an effort to make them more accessible to the community.
The Municipal Art Collection, on permanent exhibit in City Hall, continues to be an important attraction for both residents and visitors. Since its inception in 1999, the collection has grown to include 92 works by 71 artists, each of whom have made a significant contribution to the history of visual art in Ventura County - a main criterion of acquisition. The Municipal Art Acquisition Program through its Municipal Art Acquisition Committee, a sub-committee of the Public Art Commission, oversees the purchase of new artworks. The Municipal Art Collection showcases the breadth and diversity of Ventura County's visual art community through the representation of multiple media, including sculpture, painting, photography, etching, and ceramics. The entire collection may be viewed online. For more information contact Denise Sindelar at 805-658-4793, or email.