Guidelines for Entrants

Annually, the Bourgeon editorial board solicits applications, and selects three finalists from the entrants. All three finalists have their work published in the magazine, and receive written feedback from the finals judges. One winner is selected by a panel of professional arts writers, and the award includes a cash prize of $150 dollars.

The submission period for the 2016 competition was January 15, 2016 – March 31, 2016. Check back for details on the 2017 competition application period.

Entries are accepted by email only to: competition@dayeight.org.

Guidelines for Entrants

Eligibility: Undergraduate students currently enrolled in one of the District area colleges or universities.

  • Only one submission per person.
  • There is NO FEE to enter the competition.
  • Submission must be between 500 and 1500 words in length.
  • Submission must be sent in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf
  • Submission must be received at competition@dayeight.org by midnight, March 31st, 2016 to be considered.
  • Any piece of arts journalism created for any reason may be submitted for this competition, including criticism, opinion, editorial, and history.
  • Any performance, gallery show, exhibit, reading, or other artistic product, in any location, may be the focus of an article. Artwork or performances covered don’t have to have occurred in the District, but must be verifiable (i.e. you can’t write about a made up performance or event.

To read some competition Frequently Asked Questions, click here.