Why Art Matters

Monthly Writing Contest


The Engage Art Contest is rooted in the Word of God—and yet no part of the contest lifts up the art of the written word. We’re changing that right now! Or is it write now?

Engage Art Write is a new monthly contest on the topic of “Why Art Matters.” Specifically, we are interested in why art in its various forms is valuable to people and institutions of faith. So, all you creative and masterful writers … why does art matter? Submissions entered between the first day and the last day of each month (April 2019 through May 2020), will be eligible for a $200 monthly prize, and each winner will qualify for a contest between all the monthly winners.

Engage Art Write 2019-2020 is open to anyone in North America, and each person can submit up to 2 entries per month, up to 500 words each.


  • A new contest begins the 1st of each month (from May 2019 to April 2020) and ends the last day of each month at midnight.
  • Any shift in the contest—including the prompt—will be posted on the Engage Art website and social media by the 15th of the month before it goes into effect.


  • Any person living in North America is eligible to enter up to 2 submissions in the writing contest each month.
  • Each contestant must download and register in the free Engage Art App.
  • Up to 500 words (not including the title)
  • Original work—Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification from this and future Engage Art contests.
  • All submissions must be entered here.
  • Engage Art will not accept any material using:
    1. unnecessarily profane, vulgar, offensively graphic, hostile or verbally abusive language;
    2. any slurs, including those related to race, gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation;
    3. any images or words intended to incite violence;
    4. graphic nudity or sexual acts.

Engage Art is the final arbiter on whether an entry is in violation of this policy and reserves the right to reject any submission, at its sole discretion. If you have any questions or concerns about acceptable material for submission, please contact Engage Art.

Winners & Prizes

  • Each monthly winner will be announced via social media on the 15th of the month following the month they submitted.
  • Each monthly winner will receive a $200 cash prize.
  • The twelve monthly winners will be entered into a 2nd round of the contest on social media in May 2020. Prize TBD.


Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes on the winnings.


Essays will be judged on the degree to which the writing:

  • is original, engaging, logical and clear
  • answers the topic question in an articulate and compelling manner

Note: While you won’t be judged on grammar and spelling, if they are correct, they cannot distract from the overall excellence of your writing.

Judges will be chosen from the Engage Art team, our partners and other organizations working on the Engage Art Contest. The decisions of the judges are final.

Ownership and Use

The writer owns the copyright to their work, but by entering this competition, the writer gives their permission and consent (without compensation, with or without attribution) for Engage Art to use, reproduce, transmit, post, distribute, adapt, edit, and/or display the submission.


For art contest details, click here.

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