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Artists create for the love of art, but a little encouragement never hurts. Artists in the City of Angels can often find opportunities to submit their work and compete to win prizes, trips or even money. The following are a few competitions calling for original artwork to be submitted through the month of November.

2013 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards
Send submissions to:
Claremont Graduate University
160 E 10th St,
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-8974

Participation deadline: Sept. 15, 2012

Known as one of the most coveted awards for poets, the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards is based at Claremont Graduate University and offers the world’s largest monetary prize for a poetry collection. A first-time poetry book, published between Sept. 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2012, can be submitted by Sept. 15 to be considered for this award that carries cash prizes of $10,000 and $100,000. There is no fee to submit, so if you’ve always fancied yourself a modern day Edgar Allan Poe or Emily Dickinson, you’ve got nothing to lose by submitting your collection. The winners of the 2013 Awards will be announced in February and then presented in April of 2013. This year’s panel of judges includes David Barber, the poetry editor of The Atlantic Monthly, and Kate Gale, a novelist and managing editor of Red Hen Press, among other renowned poets, professors and writers. The poetry you submit must be original and  written in English by an author who is a citizen or a legal resident of the United States. Eight copies of the book must be turned in along with a completed submission form.

MIA Screening Series
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA91103
(626) 792-5101

Send DVD submissions to:
Alanna Simone
MIA Submissions
PO Box 60471
Pasadena, CA 91116

Participation deadline: 15th of each month

MIA is a monthly moving image art screening series shown at the Armory Center for the Arts every fourth Friday of the month at 7 p.m. What is moving image art? Simply put, it’s anything from experimental film, video art and animation to installation art, performance art or essay films. While there isn’t a general theme for the screenings month to month, some MIA programs will hit upon topics such as technology, relationships and food. If you’re interested in seeing what MIA is all about before submitting your own work, head to the Armory Center to check out other artists’ work––a $5 donation is suggested. Download the MIA entry form and submit your moving image by the 15th of each month to be considered for the following month’s screening. There is no fee to submit your work. Only one piece per artist will be accepted.

Fifth Annual Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition
Exhibition at Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St.
Los Angeles, California 90012
(323) 441-8819

Send submissions via: Juried Art Services
Participation deadline: Application date ends on Sept. 25, 2012; Late application dates run Sept. 26–Oct. 18, 2012

While the deadline to participate in the Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition is Oct. 18, the actual exhibition will be held April 13 and 14, 2013 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Saturday’s festival runs 10 a.m.–6 p.m. while Sunday’s runs from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The festival will feature artists working in mediums like ceramics, drawing, fiber, functional, jewelry, metal, painting, printmaking, digital, graphics, mixed media, 2 D, 3 D, sculpture, watercolor, wood, photography and art beyond categorization. The entry fee is $40. The juror will be Michael Monroe, who has worked for over two decades with the Smithsonian. About $30,000 will be given away in cash and prize awards.

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ACGA National Clay and Glass Exhibition
One Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 990-7600

Send submissions via:
Participation deadline: Oct. 31, 2012

The Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California aims to  maintain the beauty and craftsmanship that goes into designing clay and glass artwork. This exhibition will run Jan. 26–March 1, 2013, and gives artists the opportunity to display and sell their masterpieces. Artists competing must be 18-years-old and above, and the artwork must be composed of 75 percent clay, glass or a combination. It must also be original work created within the past two years. The competition’s juror is Carol Sauvion, the executive director of Craft in America, Inc., which is a non-profit organization that presents the practitioners and the technique of craft in the United States and how they affect the culture of the country. There is an entry fee of $30 for up to three pieces, and the awards range from $100 to $500.

Julia Morgan Photo Contest 2012
Landmark Heritage Foundation
2315 Durant Ave. #306
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 883-9710

Send submissions via:
Participation deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

Between Oct. 12 and Nov. 15, photographers can submit a favorite photograph they’ve taken of a Julia Morgan building anywhere in California. In the Los Angeles area, that includes the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, the Riverside Art Museum, and the Pasadena YWCA building. There is a $15 submission fee per photo. Three winning entries will receive a two-night stay and dinner at the Julia Morgan Little Castle in Berkeley, CA. Don’t pass up on this opportunity to win a weekend getaway!

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Dena Burroughs is a freelance writer living in Azusa, CA. She is a CSULA graduate with specialties in Creative Writing and Communications. Her work can be found at