Students across the parish should begin preparing their entries for the annual Spring Arts Festival art contest, which showcases the "most talented students in the region."
"We have added a new incentive for entering your art this year," said Laura Spillers, co-chair for this year's children's creative contests. "More than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be offered the top winners in this year's contests."
Organizers for the 19th annual Spring Arts Festival are encouraging students to get entries ready. New rules and methods of selecting have been set for those who will advance to the finals.
"Outside judges will select the top 10 entries in each of the divisions and categories," Spillers said. "Only those entries selected during the preliminaries will advance to the festival for exhibit."
At the exhibit, held during Spring Arts Festival on Saturday, March 30, the final judging for "Best of Show" and first, second, third and fourth place winners will be announced.
Registration forms detailing the rules and regulations of the contests have been mailed to the principals and Gifted & Talented teachers of all 24 public and private schools.
"The deadline date will be a little earlier this year," Spillers said.
Participants can submit their art, poetry, and craft entries to the committee on Friday, March 15 between 4 and 6 p.m. or Saturday, March 16 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Zenobia's House, located at the Farm (419 East Union Street) in Minden.
There are seven grade divisions beginning with Pre-K and ending with 12th grade. Categories in the art division include pencil/ crayon, watercolors, paintings (any medium), mixed medium, collages, sculptures, and photography.
There is no entry fee and up to three works may be submitted for each of the three contests. The works must have been completed within the last year (May 2012 to present).
Framed art will be accepted but not required. However all entries must be at least matted and/or framed.
Poets can enter their creative writing. All entries must be typed on a standard sheet of typing paper.
No matting or framing required, however, gluing sheet to construction paper is acceptable. All entries must have been completed in the last 12 months.
Illustrations can accompany the poem as long as they are included on the single sheet of paper.
Young crafters grades 1-12 can enter one of five categories: jewelry, weaving, crochet or knitting, sewing and miscellaneous.
All entries must be clearly marked on the back with the name, address, grade, school and phone number and/or email of the participant.
All entries not selected in the preliminary portion of the contest will be returned to respective schools.
And all other art, poetry and crafts will be returned to each participant following the Spring Arts Festival.
Complete set of rules and regulations can be downloaded from the festival official website at www.artsinminden.com.