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February 15 Deadline for Arts and Letters Awards Submissions

by NationTalk on December 11, 2007925 Views

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Tourism, Culture and Recreation
December 11, 2007

February 15 Deadline for Arts and Letters Awards Submissions

The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, is encouraging artists in the literary, visual and music sectors to make application to the 2008 Provincial Arts and Letters Awards program. The deadline for receipt of submissions is February 15, 2008.”It is critical that we nurture our creative talents, amateur and professional, young and old, throughout their artistic journey,” Minister Jackman said. “As such, last year, as part of a three-year, $17.6 million commitment of new funding to the arts and culture sector, the Provincial Government doubled the amount of prize money available under the Arts and Letters Awards program to $46,000.”

This year, for the first time, there will be a new process for the submission of visual arts entries, Minister Jackman noted. In the initial round of submissions, visual art will be accepted as digital images on CD only. Adjudicators will review all visual art entries in this format, and then choose which original works they will ask sent to be the Arts and Letters Office for further adjudication.

“This change is designed to streamline the process for the visual artist and, more important, to encourage more visual artists – especially young artists – to submit their work for consideration,” Minister Jackman said.

Applicants to the Arts and Letters Awards are required to submit their creative piece to either the senior or junior (E.J. Pratt) divisions of the awards. The senior division (19 years and older) consists of the following sections:

Literary arts, which includes poetry, short fiction, non-fictional prose and dramatic script;

Musical composition, comprising all musical genres; and,

Visual arts, including a wide-range of techniques: photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and others.

Prizes in the senior division are valued at $1,000 each.

The E.J. Pratt Division (12 to 18 years) sections are similar to those in the senior division, with the exception of literary arts which has just two sections: poetry and prose. The prizes in the junior division are valued at $250 each.

The Percy Janes First Novel Award is awarded to the winning entry of a full length, unpublished novel manuscript with a minimum of 30,000 words. The award has a cash prize of $1,500.

Additional information may be obtained at the Arts and Letters Office 709-729-5253, by email
(rbest@gov.nl.ca) or by visiting the Arts and Letters website www.gov.nl.ca/artsandletters .

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Media contact:
Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 697-5061
heathermay@gov.nl.ca

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