Deadline December 9, 2016 (must be received by this date) Recommended free contest awards 25 grants of $3,000 to literary, visual, media, and performing artists aged 18+ who reside in the Bronx, NY. Full-time college and graduate students are not eligible. Works submitted must have been created in the past 5 years. See website for rules and length limits for each genre. Submit online. Sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts.
Bronx Council on the Arts
Bronx Council on the Arts
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, New York 10461-1486
Poetry Contest Type:
Prose Contest Type:
Received By Deadline
Note new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 2). “2017” contest has a 2016 deadline.
Top Award Comments:
At least 25 grants of $3,000 will be awarded across all genres (literary arts category competes against media, performing, and visual arts categories)
Publication of Winners:
Literary Arts Categories: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction (includes essays, criticism, journalism, memoirs, and biography), Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Illustrated Text
(See website for categories within media, performing, and visual arts.)
Poetry: 5-15 single-spaced pages; Prose: Maximum 30 double-spaced pages
Limit one application per artist. Works submitted must have been created in the past 5 years (i.e., between 2011-2016 for current contest). Author must have an email address and a Social Security number to enter. Full-time college and graduate students are not eligible. Recipients of any previous Bronx Council on the Arts award may not enter for one year. All BRIO awardees are subject to verification and proof of Bronx residency at time of award notification. $2,500 of the award will be given upfront at awards ceremony in June; the remaining $500 will be paid when the recipient completes a public service activity.
US Regional Only
Geographic Eligibility Comments:
Entrants must reside in the Bronx borough of New York City.
Age of Entrant:
Age of Entrant Comments:
Winning Writers Editor’s Comments:
Sponsor confirmed length limits for submissions via email on 11/14/16 and also indicated that applications should only include unpublished work.
See website for detailed application instructions.
BRIO stands for “Bronx Recognizes Its Own”. Since its inception in 1989, BRIO has provided direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. Over its 25 years, BRIO has grown from 10 annual awards of $1,500 to 25 annual awards of $3,000.
BRIO is administrated by the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), which is a private, nonprofit membership organization that has been the official cultural agency of Bronx County since 1962. Recognized nationally as a leading arts service organization in providing cultural services and arts programs, BCA serves a multicultural constituency of almost 1.4 million residents. BCA provides an array of services to 5,000 artists and more than 250 arts and community-based organizations.
The selection of the awardees is based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted and judged anonymously by a panel of arts professionals (different panelists each year) working in each respective field.
(Contest year is designated based on when the winners are announced, which is sometimes the year after the deadline.)
2016 (Literary Arts):
Poetry: Alison Koffler, Sarah Stern
Fiction: Court Wayne, Maryrose Wood
Screenwriting: Dominic Colon
Read about all the 2016 BRIO winners at:
2015 (Literary Arts):
Poetry: Rachel Ansong, Jose Olivarez
Fiction: Jon Lewis Katz
Nonfiction: Chiseche Salome Mibenge, A. A. Weiss
Playwriting: Antoinette Mullins
Illustrated Text: Derrick Michael Charles
Read about all the 2015 BRIO winners at:
Poetry: Judith Baumel, Paul Bulman, Orlando Ferrand-Rodriguez, Matthew Thorburn
Fiction: Mercedes Augusta, Gina Clark, Bruce Tallerman
Nonfiction: Nahshon Ratcliff
Read about all the 2014 BRIO winners at:
See links to past winners since 2009 on sponsor’s website.
Four months after deadline