Starkville Area Arts Council offers a number of programs and submission opportunities, from the annual Cotton District Arts Festival to period calls for submissions posted throughout the year. All applications are now taken online - no more postage, no more CDs or DVDs, and no more printing and lost materials!

Submission requirements vary widely for each of our programs. So, please be sure to read all instructions (and make sure you are submitting to the right program)!

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Want to practice drafts of works-in-progress before a live audience?

No sets. No props. No feedback. Just drafts. 

In this series, writers, actors, singers, songwriters, and performers will present ten minutes of work, on stage, open to the public. Anyone may sit in the audience, at no cost, on a first-come first-served basis. There is no feedback: just read / perform / sing.

Submit up to 10 pages of script or 5 pages of prose/essay/poetry in standard formatting (double spaced, 1" margins) or a 60 second video or audio clip of your song / performance. Examples of eligible works include: essays, poetry, script, songs, prose, or dance… diversity is encouraged. 

Actors can utilize this opportunity to strengthen their cold reading skills: to participate, they will need to arrive 30 minutes before the official start time to be “cast” in a reading (no submission is required although if you wish to participate, please bring a brief, current acting resume). Singers and songwriters will need to bring their own basic instrumental needs.

Submissions may be made online, prior to each show, where 5-6 works will be selected to perform. Selection will be based on merit of content and contribution to the diverse community of the Starkville area. Because one goal of this project is to build a sense of artistic community, preference may be given to those creatives who attend multiple readings.

Currently scheduled readings:
Jan. 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (new date)
Apr. 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

All currently scheduled readings will be at SCT's Playhouse on Main Street in downtown Starkville.
Ends on April 27, 2018

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Starkville Area Arts Council awards college scholarships to graduating high school seniors for art-related degree programs, including performing arts, music, applied arts, visual arts, graphic design, or creative writing. All awards will be paid directly to the university for the benefit of the student.

Applicants must reside in Oktibbeha County, attending public, private, or home schools. Applicants may not be currently enrolled in or attending college. TWO recommendation letters are required. Each letter should address the student’s commitment and skill level in the arts. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Decisions are based primarily upon merit, although a student’s need will also be considered. The applicant should be thoughtful and specific when answering the questions below.

Deadline for submissions: submitted or postmarked on/before April 27, 2018.

Awards will be announced before the end of May 2018.