Call for Writers: Masterpiece in a Day Writing Com...

Call for Writers: Masterpiece in a Day Writing Com...


 (317) 496-5196

 924 S. Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46203

Call for artists: Masterpiece in a Day Writing Competition

The Fountain Square will host its annual Art Squared event Saturday, September 21st, with activities scheduled in the near-downtown neighborhood from 9am until 7pm. Highlights include over 50 artist vendors gathered into an Art Fair, the annual Masterpiece in a Day competition, and an Art Parade.

To accommodate the welcomed opening of the Red Line IndyGo bus down Virginia Avenue, Art Squared has shifted to Prospect and Shelby Streets and Woodlawn Avenue, just east of Virginia Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to use the Red Line to attend Art Squared to help minimize parking issues. The bus line will be free for the weekend, and also creates easy access to the nearby Hollar on the Hill, just south on Shelby Street in Garfield Park.

Writers are invited to participate in Masterpiece in a Day, an annual competition that is free to participate. All entries will be judged upon completion, and monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.

Rules of Participation

Roll the Dice: When you sign in, you will choose three random elements. Writers must embrace and incorporate these three elements into their prose and poetry. Part of the judging process will look at how much significance the elements play in the piece. Someone who merely mentions an element in passing will receive a lower score than someone who makes the element an integral part of their piece. This is a family-friendly event; subject matter must be appropriate for public presentation.

Prizes: Separate prizes for both prose and poetry. 1st prize will be $200, 2nd prize will be $100, and 3rd prize will be $50.

Registration: 9 AM – 11 AM, at the Southeast Community Services Youth Center, 924 S. Shelby Street.

Places to print:

Southeast Community Services: 901 S. Shelby St.
Fountain Square Branch Library: 1066 Virginia Ave.

Deadline: Between 1:30 PM – 3 PM at the Information / Registration table.

Prose: 1000 words MAXIMUM.
Poetry: 40 lines MAXIMUM

Format: Turn in TWO printed copies of your piece. One copy should include your name, phone number, and email address at the top of the first page. The other copy should be clear of any identifying information. Judges will only see the anonymous copy.

Electronic Submission: If at all possible, please also send an electronic copy of your submission to Include your name and “MIAD” in the subject line. This is the only way your submission can be published.

Judging: 3 – 6 PM. Submissions will be judged on the uniqueness of the subject matter, general quality of writing, and incorporation of the chance elements. Names will not appear on contestants’ pieces so as to assure objectivity by the judges.

Awards: 6:15 PM at 924 S. Shelby St. You must be present at the ceremony to receive one of the cash prizes. Any unclaimed prizes will be donated to the Fountain Square Merchants Association.

Display: Winning entries will be factored into a MIAD show during the October First Friday Art Tour, at a Fountain Square location. Fountain Square Merchants Association retains the right to photograph and publish all works selected and retains the right to display and sell copies of these works, and to use them for promotional purposes. Any proceeds from sale will fund subsequent years’ Masterpiece in a Day activities.

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