Why Was My Submission Rejected?

Teresa Cochran | In the Know | July 20, 2019

We love seeing creative minds from all over the world submitting to the Engage Art Contest! We want to ensure you have full access to the details of our competition so you can take home the prize!

What's the topic of the Engage Art Contest?

The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original visual art, music video, film, and performing arts. The theme of our contest is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related verses. You can develop your artwork to illuminate any part of the Ephesians passage or any other Scripture, as long as you relate it to that passage in some way. There is no requirement to use war imagery.

I submitted my art, but it was rejected. Why?


First and arguably most importantly, your theme must remain consistent with our contest topic. All works accepted into this contest must be informed by Ephesians 6:10-20. All artists will explain how their entry responds to these verses as part of their submission.

File Size and Formats

Please be sure your final entry complies with the following file size and format specifications.

1. For Original Visual Art:

    • Artistic medium, dimensions, approximate weight
    • 1 to 5 photos of each artwork
    • File format jpg, gif, tiff, png
    • File size up to 400 MB each

2. For Original Music:

    • 5 minutes or less
    • Music video accepted only
    • File formats for music video: mp4, MOV, m4v
    • File formats for cover art: jpg, gif, tiff, png
    • File size up to 400 MB each
    • Lyrics must be included in submission, if the music contains lyrics. (Note: Lyrics drawn directly from scripture will be considered most favorably.)

3. For Original Film and Original Performing Arts Videos:

    • 5 minutes or less
    • File formats mp4, MOV, m4v
    • File formats for cover/poster art: jpg, gif, tiff, png
    • File size up to 400 MB each
    • Any music must be licensed or otherwise available for this use.

Original Work

The artwork you submit must be original, created solely by you and your team. Your entry may not be a copy of another person's work. It may not include content that is copyrightable by anyone else. You are solely responsible for any copyright infringement.


For the Engage Art 2019-2020 Contest, the deadline for submissions is midnight Eastern Standard Time on May 31st, 2020. No works will be accepted past this deadline.

For a full list of rules, please visit this page.

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Submit Your Artwork Today!

Curious? Interested in submitting artwork to our contest? Know someone who might be? Through April 14th, 2022, the Engage Art Contest is open to the whole world! Get your foot in the door by claiming your Artist Page now!