Young Artists and Authors Showcase

The Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) is an annual contest that encourages youth worldwide to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, and photography. Submissions are centered around an annual theme and judged based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation. The work is sent from sister city member communities to Washington, DC, where a panel of judges select Grand Prize Winners in each category (art, literature, and photography) win a $1000 prize. After the finalists for art, literature, film, and photography have been announced, their works are displayed in Sister Cities around the U.S. in a year-long tour.

This year’s theme is Global Citizens: Resilient Communities. The deadline to submit entries is April 1, 2019. Read more…

Resilience refers to how well an individual or community can prepare for adversity or challenges.

  • How can future global leaders prepare their communities to respond to the global challenges of the 21st century?

  • How does international experience affect an individual or community’s ability to adapt?

  • What are examples of resilience in a global context?

This year’s theme asks students to explore these questions by highlighting citizen diplomacy and the creative ways that we create peace through people-to-people interaction.

Students and member cities should send their art and/or literature, along with their corresponding completed entry form, to Sister Cities International by mail or by emailing youth@sistercities.org. Click on the buttons below to download and complete your entry form.

See the 2018 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners here

 
 
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Photography Applicants

Student must be 13-22 years old

  • Photos must be submitted via Instagram. Students must include @SisterCitiesInt, #YAAS2019 and their city/state/country in the Instagram caption

  • Multiple entries allowed; limit of five [5] entries per student

  • One [1] Grand Prize winner

  • Five [5] U.S. finalists and five [5] International finalists year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography.

 
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Art Applicants

Student must be 13-18 years old

  • Art must be two-dimensional, unframed, and no larger than 24 in x 36 in or 61 cm x 91.5 cm

  • One [1] piece of artwork will be accepted from each U.S. member community and one [1] piece of art from each of their Sister Cities

  • One [1] International Grand Prize Winner and one [1] U.S. Grand Prize Winner

  • Five [5] U.S. finalists and five [5] International finalists

 
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Literature applicants

Student must be 13-18 years old

  • Essays must be 500 words or less

  • Poems must be 200 words or less

  • Multiple entries allowed; limit of five [5] entries per classroom

  • One [1] Grand Prize Winner

  • Two [2] Essay finalists and two [2] Poetry finalists

 

Plagiarism Policy

A simple definition of plagiarism from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one's own.” This concept can be applied to writing, art, and photography among other artistic mediums. Therefore, it applies to all submissions to Sister Cities International’s Young Artists Showcase, Young Authors Showcase, and the Instagram Challenge. Read more…