The Artblog and The St.Claire are teaming up to find the best new approaches in art writing. The goal of this competition is to get more people writing about art and foster a culture of art writing that incorporates a wide spectrum of methods, styles and ideas. The best writing will not only address the art in question, but also progress the conversation into unexpected and unclaimed territories.

This contest is in conjunction with Philadelphia's first ever New Art Writing Symposium -- a collaboration between the Artblog and The St.Claire to bring together over a month of activities designed to examine, expand and celebrate the state of art writing in Philadelphia.

1 Grand prize ($600 + Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)

3 Category prizes ($100 each + Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)

  • 100 words or less

  • 500 words or less

  • 1,000 words or less

8 honorable mentions (Published on the St.Claire and The Artblog)

Nell McClister, art book editor and reviews writer, former editor at BOMB and Artforum

Abigail Satinsky, associate director at Threewalls (Chicago) and contributor to Bad at Sports Blog

Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief,

  1. All submissions must focus on art in Philadelphia

  2. No Submissions written before January 1, 2014

  3. Strict 1,000 word limit. (There will be category prizes for 100, 500, and 1,000 words or less)

  4. No writing that has been previously published in a journal, magazine or blog (Writing published on a personally maintained blog will be accepted)

  5. 3 entry limit per person

  6. All entries should be text based and submitted as a PDF under 10MB

  7. Submit all entries as attachments to

April 18 at 11:59PM EST
All entries due

April 24
Twelve finalists will be chosen by the The St.Claire and Artblog staff and sent to prize jurors for final selections

May 9
Winners announced