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A Bicentennial Artistic & Literary Collection

Purpose & Goals

In celebration of the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial in 2019, our community will publish a literary and arts book featuring 100 pieces of student-produced visual art and 100 creative writing pieces inspired by the 200-year history of our city. Through this project, students will

  • Increase their knowledge of Tuscaloosa history

  • Honor their personal connections to our community

  • Use their unique talents to celebrate the city


November 30th 2018: Submission deadline for all literary and arts pieces

December/January 2019: Jury process for all submissions

February 2019: Students notified of their selection for publication

March 2019: Celebration of literary and arts publication and recognition of students and school representatives featured in the collection

Submission Categories*

Mixed Media

Graphic Design
Digital Art

Poetry **
Short Fiction **
Creative Nonfiction **

Each school may nominate 10 literary and 10 artistic works.
*PreK-2 teachers may submit collaborative pieces created by all students in a class. Students in grades 3-12 must submit individually.
**Poetry (maximum 25 lines) Short Fiction (maximum 750 words) Creative Nonfiction (maximum 750 words)

Artwork must be submitted digitally via a high resolution image. 3D work should be digitally submitted with three pictures/views of the work. Teacher must include a spreadsheet listing the artists’ name, title of submission, category, and keyword identifier (for example: if the artwork depicts an athlete, the keyword identifier will be “sports,” or something similar. This will allow us to group similar work together when designing the book). Each piece of art must also include a tag with this information.