2018 Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing


Gulf Coast Literary Journal (Houston, TX)


Surveying the scope of critical art writing today, the board, advisory board, and editors of Gulf Coast recognize the significant lack of venues and support for young and mid-career writers working across the United States. The Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing seeks to address this lacuna by bringing exposure to writers who are dealing with the spirit of the age and unafraid to ask difficult questions. 

The inagugural Beauchamp Prize was judged by Darby English and awarded to Brandon Brown for his essay,"Dust Balls." The 2018 Beauchamp Prize will be judged by Wendy Vogel. 

Grounded in both scholarship and journalism, critical art writing occupies a specific niche. The best examples appeal to a diverse readership through an accessible approach and maintain a unique voice and literary excellence. The Prize will consider submissions of work that has been written (or published) within the last year. A variety of creative approaches and formats to writing on the visual arts are encouraged, and can include thematic essays, exhibition reviews and scholarly essays.

Gulf Coast differs from many other literary journals in its commitment to exploring visual art and critical art writing. The journal has always featured portfolios by visual artists, along with short introductions from critics familiar with their work. In 2013 Gulf Coast merged with the art journal Art Lies, a quarterly publication based in Texas with a respected history of putting artists, curators, scholars, and critics in dialogue with their colleagues around the world. This partnership has driven the journal to significantly expand its contemporary art coverage and reach. Currently, Gulf Coastfeatures sixteen full-color pages of visual art features and twenty-four pages of critical art writing in each issue.

There will be one first place prize of $3,000 dollars and two runners up awarded $1,000 each. Prize winners will be featured in GC’s printed journal, as well as online.

Deadline: September 15, 2018

Entries for the Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing should be a single piece of prose, written in English, not exceeding 1,500 words. We will accept submissions both via Submittable and via postal mail.

Contest Guidelines for Online Submissions
-    Click here for online submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s Submittable 
-    Submit your work as a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. 
-    All work submitted must have been written or published within the last year
-    The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your bio, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field. 
-    There is currently no entry fee for online submissions.

Contest Guidelines for Postal Mail Submissions
-    All work submitted must have been written or published within the last year 
-    Please address postal mail entries to: 

          Gulf Coast
          ATTN: Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing 
          4800 Calhoun Road 
          Houston, TX 77204-3013

-    The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
-    There is currently no entry fee for postal submissions

Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Aug 8th 2018

Opportunity Closes

Saturday, Sep 15th 2018, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists