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Awaken

Calling all artists, writers and musicians! Wondering how to use your gift? Want to share your work with thousands of people? If so, we want you!

“A beauty initiative within FOCUS,” Papercastle Records and Love Good are sponsoring a digital art, poetry, essay and short story exhibit at SEEK21. We want to give participants at SEEK the chance to see beauty as a bridge to the divine, a window to encounter the Person of Christ.

Theme

“A Call to Beauty”

Prompt

“Even our soul itself becomes more beautiful when beauty meets us, takes holds of us, and fires us with enthusiasm.” – Dietrich von Hildebrand

May Pope St. John Paul II inspire us with his words:

“…it is up to you, men and women who have given your lives to art, to declare with all the wealth of your ingenuity that in Christ the world is redeemed: the human person is redeemed, the human body is redeemed, and the whole creation which, according to Saint Paul, ‘awaits impatiently the revelation of the children of God’ (Rom 8:19), is redeemed. The creation awaits the revelation of the children of God also through art and in art. This is your task. Humanity in every age, and even today, looks to works of art to shed light upon its path and its destiny.”

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020

Visual Art

Prizes: Twelve finalists who are selected will have their work displayed in the exclusive digital Awaken exhibit at SEEK21. From these finalists, two winners will be chosen. One winner’s art will be chosen as a cover for a book by Love Good. One winner will win the grand prize of a mentorship with Catholic artist Leanne Bowen!

Mediums: We are accepting all 2-D work (including photography, drawings, paintings, mixed-media, graphic design, etc.)

Size: Pieces submitted must be in JPG or PNG format

Presentation:

  • All work must be able to be displayed digitally.
  • Horizontal works are preferred.

Visual Art Entry directions:

  1. All artwork must be an original work (i.e. please do not submit copies of famous work or copies of other artists’ work).
  2. You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files. No mailed-in artwork will be accepted.
  3. You may submit up to four entries. There is a $10 submission fee per entry.
  4. All participating artists must be attending SEEK21 for entries to be accepted. Anyone attending SEEK21 is eligible to win.
  5. Finalists will be notified by December 22 via email.
  6. If you are chosen as a finalist, you are responsible for delivering a high resolution (at least 300dpi) image to awaken@focus.org by January 5.

Poetry

Prizes: Finalists who are selected will have their work displayed in the exclusive digital Awaken exhibit at SEEK21, be published in a book by Love Good and have the chance to win the grand prize of a mentorship with Jimmy Mitchell, founder of Love Good.

Maximum Length: The maximum length for entries is 50 lines per poem (up to three poems may be submitted).

Poetry Entry directions:

  1. You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files (.doc, .docx or .pdf only, please). You may submit up to three original poems of no more than 50 lines each. There is a $10 submission fee per entry.
  2. All participating artists must be attending SEEK21 for entries to be accepted. Anyone attending SEEK21 is eligible to win.
  3. Finalists will be determined by December 22 via email.​
  4. If you are chosen as a finalist, you are responsible for delivering a final formatted poem to awaken@focus.org by January 5.

Essays

Prizes: Finalists who are selected will have their work displayed in the exclusive digital Awaken exhibit at SEEK21, be published in a book by Love Good, and have the chance to win the grand prize of a mentorship with Jimmy Mitchell, founder of Love Good.

Length: All essays must be between 800 – 1500 words.

Guidelines:

  • “Philosophical essays are, in essence, designed to enable us to think and think clearly.” (Taken from the forward of “On the Principals of Taxing Beer & other Brief Philosophical Essays” by James V Schall)
  • Each essay must begin with the preposition “On” (see examples below)
  • Topics can range as far and wide as the human experience but should be rooted in a deeply Catholic imagination
  • Essays can be serious, witty, sad, happy, or all of the above.

Examples:

Essay Entry directions:

  1. You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files (.doc, .docx, or .pdf only, please). You may submit up to three original essays within the word count. There is a $10 submission fee per entry.
  2. All participating artists must be attending SEEK21 for entries to be accepted. Anyone attending SEEK21 is eligible to win.
  3. Finalists will be determined by December 22.

Short Stories

Prizes: Finalists who are selected will have their work displayed in the exclusive digital Awaken exhibit at SEEK21, be published in a book by Love Good and have the chance to win the grand prize of a mentorship with Jimmy Mitchell, founder of Love Good.

Length: All stories must be between 1200 – 2500 words.

Examples:

Short Story Entry directions:

  1. You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files (.doc, .docx, or .pdf only, please). You may submit up to three original short stories within the word count. There is a $10 submission fee per entry.
  2. All participating artists must be attending SEEK21 for entries to be accepted. Anyone attending SEEK21 is eligible to win.
  3. Finalists will be determined by December 22.

Music

Prizes: Finalists who are selected will be a contestant in the “Awaken Competition” in the digital Awaken exhibit at SEEK21.  One winner will be selected by a panel compiled of judges, including members of the Vigil Project, and “Origin” producer Shawn Williams from Papercastle Records. The winner will receive an all-inclusive trip to Nashville Tennessee to attend the Vigil Project, as well as the chance to record their song with Papercastle Records.

Mediums: We are accepting all original musical compositions/songs (instrumental or lyrical) via video audition. You may include a second video describing the inspiration behind the song and its meaning.

Length: Each song entered should be within 2 – 5 minutes in length.

Instrumentation/Performance: All musical works should be in a format that will allow for final digital performance to be submitted via email. The song submitted for video audition needs to be the same song that is submitted for the finalist round.

Music Entry directions:

  1. You must enter online. All entries must be submitted via video with audio. Mailed-in audio files will not be accepted.
  2. There is a limit of one submission per person.
  3. All participating artists must be attending SEEK21 for entries to be accepted. Anyone attending SEEK21 is eligible to win.
  4. All musicians chosen must be able to submit a high-quality recording for the digital platform of SEEK21.
  5. Finalists will be determined by December 22.