Spotlight on the Arts

Thank you for your interest in our contest and event, SPOTA, which will be held on January 28, 2018 at the Arts Center of Saint Peter! Winners of the contest will present their works at the Arts Center’s annual membership meeting starting at 5:30pm.

The Contest

Split between Junior and Senior divisions, the contest includes five different categories in art, photography, music, writing, and film. There will be prizes for each category in each division; more information on prizes will be given in the coming weeks. Submissions are due by 11:59pm on January 7, 2018—winners will be announced a week later on January 14, 2018!

Entering the Contest

Students are encouraged to enter anything to the SPOTA contest that is a creative work. We define a “creative work” as an original piece in any of the following categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, short film, song, photography, or artwork. Artwork includes but is not limited to pencil drawing, painting, sculpture, or ceramics. Any pieces that have previously won awards or contests are not eligible. If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your work, please do not hesitate to contact us here!

In order to remove any bias from the judging, all entries will go through a third party before being forwarded anonymously to the Outtakes team.

For Audio Pieces: Please make sure to upload an .mp3 file. All submissions under 15 minutes will be considered.
For Visual Pieces (including photography): Please make sure to upload a .jpeg, .jpg, .png, or .pdf file. If your work is a series of pieces, feel free to upload them all, but make sure they are included on the same file and labeled chronologically. Though not required, we request a short artist’s statement be included in the submission. If you wish to submit a sculpture, please take an picture of your piece in good lighting in front of a blank background (unless the background is a part of your piece).
For Written Pieces: Please upload a .pdf file. Fiction and creative nonfiction must be written in Times New Roman font, double spaced, and must have 1-inch margins. We limit only one entry for fiction and creative nonfiction.
Poetry must be written in Times New Roman font, but does not need to be double spaced nor must it have 1-inch margins. We will accept 3-5 poems per submitting poet. Make sure the poems are included in one .pdf file.
For Filmed Pieces: Please upload your piece as an .mp4 file. We will consider all pieces under fifteen minutes long.

For Junior Division submissions, please email them to
For Senior Division submissions, please email them to

Please indicate which category you are submitting to in the subject line of your email. Within the email, please include your name, grade level, and city of residence.