Art Tales Writing Contest 

Art Tales Evite Masthead 2018

The City of Ventura has announced the winners of the 10th Annual Art Tales Writing Contest. The public is invited to a reception at City Hall, in the Community Meeting Room on May 17 at 5:30 pm, where the winners will be recognized and their entries read. This creative contest, inspired by works of art in the City’s Municipal Art Collection, received 125 works of short fiction and poems from youth, teen and adult writers, hailing from Ventura to Atlanta, Georgia.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of Art Tales are as follows:

1st Place Winner
2nd Place Winner
3rd Place Winner
Youth Poetry
Macy Li
Larsen Meckstroth  
E.K. Baer
Youth Fiction
Shawn Coyner
 Isabel Connell  
Devin Varela
Teen Poetry
Penelope Duran
Sophie Stimer  
Ethan Adler
Teen Fiction
Cole Dodos
Genevieve Werner
Aaron Meraz
Adult Poetry
Mary Adler
Gabrielle Oracio
Sheri Ward
Adult Fiction
Gerald Zwers
Carolyn J. Foegen
Caitlin Trude

  1. How to Enter
  2. Judging
  3. Awards & Reading
  4. Contest Rules

This year's Art Tales Contest is closed. Please check back for information on the 11th Annual Art Tales Writing Contest.

10th Annual Information on How to Enter:

1. We invite you to take a walk throughout Ventura City Hall and enjoy the Municipal Art Collection. You will find the pieces chosen for this year’s contest housed on the second floor. Look for the music note symbol on each of the three selected pieces and decide which of the chosen works will inspire your writing. If you are unable to visit City Hall, you may view the images here on our website or learn more about the art and artists here on our website.  In addition, we have put together Teacher Lesson Plans for use in the classroom.

2. Write an original poem or short story (no more than 500 words in length) inspired by ONE of the exhibit’s artworks that “sings” to you. Only ONE contest entry per person, please.

3. Prepare your entry as an electronic Word document, (in English only), in a twelve-point font. Include at the top the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, age, title of work, and number of words.

4. Submit your entry by April 4, 2018, BY EMAIL ONLY to [email protected] with “#arttales contest entry#” as the email subject line – together with a completed release form (see next item below).

5. Complete a savable pdf release form– parents must do this for youth entries under 18 – copy the document to your desktop, fill it in, save and send it along with your entry poem or short story in your email.

6. For more information contact Tobie Roach, Public Art Project Manager at 805-658-4759 or by email

  1. Municipal Art Collection
  2. Archives

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 Cary Glenn at 805-658-4793 or email.