Living Wage Visioning Contest

Living Wage Visioning Contest Guidelines

THEME

The theme of the contest is the Tompkins County Living Wage and the impact being paid a Living Wage would have on a worker’s life. We ask contestants to envision how their lives and their family’s lives would change if their pay was increased to a Living Wage ($14.34/hour) and to translate this vision into an original creative work of prose, art, music, dance or video.

RULES

  • The competition is open to all Tompkins County residents or non-residents if they work within the County.
  • All entries must be original works of art.
  • Both individual and group entries will be accepted. One entry per individual or group only.
  • All entrants must be at least 17 years old.

DISCLAIMER

  • Upon submission, all entries become the property of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center.
  • The Tompkins County Workers’ Center shall have exclusive and full rights to copy, reproduce and distribute the submitted work and may retain the original piece of work.

PRIZES

First Prize – $1,250

Second Prize – $750

Third Prize – $500

Group winners share one prize.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

July 1, 2016 – Entries accepted

September 15, 2016 – Last day to submit entries

September 30, 2016 – Winners Announced

October 1, 2016 – Presentation and Display Community Event

HOW TO ENTER

  • Submit entries to the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, 115 E. Martin Luther King Jr (The Commons) in Ithaca by 5pm on Thursday, September 15, 2016.
  • One completed (and clearly legible) entry form must accompany each entry.
  • For group entries, each individual member of the group must submit a legible entry form.

POETRY GUIDELINES

  • Entries should be no longer than 30 lines.
  • Poems must reflect the contest theme – How a Living Wage would change my life and/or my family’s life.
  • All submissions must include a title and be typed or be written legibly in ink.
  • Entry forms must be stapled to the back of the poem facing out.
  • Poem and entry form may be submitted electronically.
  • Poet’s name must be clearly printed on the back of the poem.

SHORT FILM/MUSIC/DANCE VIDEO GUIDELINES

  • Entries must be no longer than five (5) minutes, including any titles and/or credits. Entries longer than five (5) minutes will be disqualified from the official competition.
  • Entries must reflect the contest theme – How a Living Wage would change my life and/or my family’s life.
  • Entries should be submitted on a DVD in a sleeve or case. The DVD must play on standard DVD players and disc drives.
  • Entries may be any style or genre of film (e.g. documentary, animation, narrative fiction, music video etc.)
  • If you don’t have easy access to a DVD ‘burner’, please let the Tompkins County Workers’ Center know by contacting 607-269-0409 or emailing TCWRH@tcworkerscenter.org and we’ll be of help.
  • Name must be printed in marker directly on the DVD.

SHORT STORY/ESSAY GUIDELINES

  • Entries must be no longer than 1500 words.
  • Entries must reflect the contest theme – How a Living Wage would change my life and/or my family’s life.
  • All submissions must include a title and be typed or be written legibly in ink.
  • Entry forms must be stapled to the back of the short story or essay facing out.
  • Short story or essay may be submitted electronically.
  • The writer’s name must be clearly printed on the back of the short story or essay.

VISUAL ART GUIDELINES

  • Entries must be no larger than 2’x3’ and no smaller than 8 1/2” x 11”.
  • Entries must reflect the contest theme – How a Living Wage would change my life and/or my family’s life.
  • Acceptable media are paint, pencil, markers, ink, crayon, chalk or pastel (fixed), photography, cloth, and computer art. (Photo entries must be at least 8×10.)
  • No collages, wood, plastic, glass, or metal. Entries which include glued on components will not be accepted.
  • Submissions must be two dimensional. Mobiles, dioramas, or other 3D entries will not be accepted.
  • Submission must be submitted flat, not rolled up.
  • No copyrighted characters, photographs, and magazine or newspaper illustrations.

CRITERIA

Originality Entry is the artist’s own work and reflects unique style and substance.
Creativity Entry creatively uses the approved art form to reflect on the Living Wage theme
Artistic Quality Entry successfully exhibits artistic quality in the chosen art form
Relevance Entry reflects relevance to, understanding of and critical thinking about the Living Wage theme

JUDGING

  • There will one panel of judges.
  • Judges will be selected based on their knowledge about social and economic justice and expertise in the various art forms.
  • The decisions of the judges will be final.