The Student Arts Journalism Challenge

The Student Arts Journalism Challenge is a writing competition for any student currently enrolled in college or university. Arts journalism provides a critical link between artists and audiences. Without quality review of artistic work, new artists may never find their audience, and audiences may never find meaningful arts experiences. Quality arts journalism supports the best achievements in the arts, and the Student Arts Journalism Challenge was created to identify and support talented young arts journalists.

To read the full Guidelines for Entrants, click here.

To read Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

2020 Competition
Finals judges included Peter Marks (Washington Post), Holly Smith (Washington Independent Review of Books), and John Stoltenberg (DC Metro Theater Arts).
Winner – Nyah Hardmon (Howard University) for her article Stranger Than (Science) Fiction.

2018 Competition
Finals judges included Erin Devine (Washington City Paper) and Diane Charnov (Renwick Quarterly).
Winner – Gabriel Falk (Howard University).

2017 Competition
Finals judges included Sarah Kaufman (Washington Post) and Mark Lieberman (Northwest Current).
Winner – Anying Guo (American University) for her article Updraft America.

2016 Competition
Finals judges included Sharmilla Ganesan (Malaysia Star), Jeanette Catsoulis (New York Times), and Maura Judkis (Washington Post).
Winner – Adena Maier (American University) for her article Bloom Mirror.

2015 Competition
Finals judges included Christina Cauterucci (Slate), Rachel Sadon (DCist), and author/journalist Gareth Branwyn.
Winner – Mark Lieberman (American University) for his article Inside Out: Mind’s Eye.

2014 Competition
Finals judges included Philip Kennicott (Washington Post, 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism), Tyler Green, and Lisa Gold (Washington Project for the Arts).
Winner – Sean Stempler (Georgetown University) for his article Human After All.

2013 Competition
Finals judges included Philip Kennicott (Washington Post) and Philip Hutinet
Winner – Roxanne Goldberg (George Washington University) for her article Hairy Confrontations: a Review of Sonya Clark’s Solo Show

2012 Competition
Finals judges included Lewis Segal (Los Angeles Times) and Leonard Jacobs (Clyde Fitch Report)
Winner – Julia Lloyd George (Georgetown University) for her article Leibovitz Journeys from Lennon to Landscapes

2011 Competition
Finals judges included Michael O’Sullivan (Washington Post) and Anne Midgette (Washington Post)
Winner – Caroline Klibanoff (Georgetown University) for her article Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

  • Krystle Lee
    February 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    My name is Krystle Lee. I attend the University of the District of Columbia’s Mass Media program. I am pursuing Journalism and currently in my second year of studies. I was not informed of the Art Journalism Competition for DC Area Undergraduates challenge. As a writer, I would have been delighted to show my artistic writing skills. I will look forward to next year’s competition, please keep me posted of future events and programs that are art and journalism related. I would like to know, may I intern this summer with Bourgeon magazine to obtain and use skills and training that will enable me to be a sufficient and experienced journalist. I understand that most students are looking for pay, pay is excellent however, my skills are more imperative.

    Thank you in advance.

    Sincerely Yours,
    Krystle Lee