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Creative Works Competition

January 20, 2012 | 5pm

Each year new students are invited to participate in the BYU First-Year Reading program as part of their orientation to BYU.  The text for 2011 is a compilation of devotionals titled First-Year Reading, 2011–2012, approved by the BYU Administration. The messages in the devotionals relate to the Aims of a BYU Education. Additionally, students toured the Education in Zion Gallery in the Joseph F. Smith Building as part of their New Student Orientation activities.

The Education in Zion Gallery and the Office of First-Year Experience want new students to learn the Aims of a BYU education and help them see how these are applicable to their lives. This year’s competition is focused on the first aim, spiritually strengthening. Students may submit creative works exploring the theme of spiritually strengthening.

This competition is designed to promote a variety of forms of creative expression as well as to encourage deep personal reflection about how learning and education are spiritually strengthening to individuals and to new students collectively. Quality submissions will reflect themes associated with spiritually strengthening as well as incorporate messages from the Education in Zion Gallery.

Purchase First-Year Reading, 2011-2012 from BYU Bookstore

Free Online Text of First-Year Reading, 2011-2012

Entry Form Creative Works 2011-12

 Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions in any of the following areas (note-students may only submit one entry per category):

Creative Writing (e.g., essay, poetry, short-story fiction, etc.)

  • Submissions should not exceed 3,000 words in length (poetry and most essay submissions are likely to be shorter— clear and concise writing is strongly encouraged).
  • Submit one copy of your writing, including an entry form.

Visual Arts (e.g., photography, painting, sculpture, etc.)

  • Submissions should be no larger than 3’ x 3’ and weigh no more than 45 pounds.
  • Include the original work with an entry form.
  • Artist’s name should be located on the back of the submission.
  • Each entry should include a brief (approximately 300 words) statement from the artist connecting the piece to the competition theme.

Performing Arts (e.g., musical composition, dance, theater, film, etc.)

  • Submit one high-quality recording of your work (CD or DVD) with an entry form.
  • Each entry should include a brief (approximately 300 words) artist’s statement connecting the piece to the competition theme.
  • Musical compositions, dance choreography, scripts, and film works should be your own original work.

Prizes

Grand Prize: $750 (chosen from all the entries)

  • Recognition at competition awards evening (March 15, 2012), including the opportunity to share your submission publicly

First Place: $250 (one first place prize will be awarded in each category: creative writing, visual arts, and performing arts)

  • Recognition at competition awards evening (March 15, 2012), including the opportunity to share your submission publicly
  • Recognition on the First-Year Experience and Education in Zion websites

Honorable Mention: $50

  • Recognition at competition awards evening (March 15, 2012)
  • Recognition on the First-Year Experience and Education in Zion website

Students’ Choice Award: $250 (this award is voted on by your peers)

  • Limit 1 vote per new student
  • Voting will take place by text message while the top three entries from each category are on display at the Education in Zion lobby from March 12 to 14, 2012
  • Recognition at competition awards evening (March 15, 2012)

Rules

  • The contest is open to all new BYU students (new or transfer students entering BYU during Summer term or Fall semester 2011 or Winter semester 2012).
  • Turn in all materials to the Office of First-Year Experience (2006 JKB) before 5:00 pm on Friday, January 20, 2012.

Criteria

High-quality submissions will:

  • Represent meaningful reflection and personal application of the theme (“spiritually strengthening”)
  • Illustrate familiarity and engagement with the First-Year Reading, 2011-12 text as well as the Education in Zion Gallery in the Joseph F. Smith Building
  • Display strong creative ability
  • Demonstrate an understanding of what it means to be “spiritually strengthening”
  • Make connections to the heritage of learning at BYU and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Judging

  • Judging will be blind.
  • The judges reserve the right to withhold any award if no entry meets the established guidelines.

Finalists will be announced Friday, February 17, 2012.

Winners will be announced Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Voting for the Students’ Choice Award will take place by text message while the top three entries from each category are on display at the Education in Zion lobby from March 12 to 14, 2012. The winner of this category will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 15, 2012.

The awards recognition evening is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2012.
Visual art submissions should be claimed by April 20, 2012.

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