april, 2020

10apr1:00 am1:00 amGenesee Valley New Deal Writing CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: $5
Max word count: 10,000
Top Prize: $200

Event Details

The New Deal Writing Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the GVCA’s staff as inspiration.

This year’s painting is “Down and Out” (1937) by Barnet Braverman (as shown below.)
This painting is currently undergoing a restoration at Buffalo State, thanks to the gracious contributions from community members. Learn how you can sponsor the restoration of a piece from our collection


There will be three prizes given this year: 3rd Place ($50), 2nd Place ($100) and 1st Place ($200), plus a full-length feature in our print publication Artsphere. We will feature each recipient’s work on this site! Please note that while this is an international competition, prize money will be issued in U.S. dollars.



  • Entries due April 10th, 2020.

  • Applicants must be 18+ years of age

  • All entries must be 10,000 words or less

  • A fee of $5 must be paid per piece submitted (up to three accepted)

  • No genre restrictions

  • Entrants should note, this contest will be judged blindly, so please, do not include any personal information in your writing. (You may label your file using your name for GVCA’s records)

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