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)!

Join our newsletter list, or check here from time to time, to see what calls may be open.

PLEASE NOTE: Submittable may be best viewed on a Desktop or through the Submittable Phone App.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: SAAC is an equal opportunity organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, operation of programs, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the public, all members of our staff, volunteers, vendors, and artist communities.

We expect all SAAC & CDAF board members, volunteers, participants, vendors, and grantees to follow the same community-engagement policy.

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.

You are invited to submit for inclusion in our Fall 2018 Abstract Show. This show will be installed at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Office at 200 Main Street, Starkville, MS. 

All types of abstract artwork are accepted, including (but not limited to) photography, painting, drawing and illustration, ceramic and three-dimensional works, fiber art, etc.  Please keep in mind that the space is limited, so extremely large works (48"x48" or bigger) are discouraged. All works must be for sale. SAAC charges a 20% commission on the sale, and handles the collecting and reporting of sales taxes to the MS Dept of Revenue. 

If your works are accepted, you will need to bring your work - gallery ready with a wire hanging system - on Monday, September 10, or drop it off in advance in the SAAC office.  Works that are not "gallery ready" will not be installed. The show will run through the November 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at which time you will need to pick up your work.

Each artist is welcome to submit up to 3 pieces for the show. All local (GTR) artists who are 18+ are encouraged to submit. Non-local artists may submit, but you must be willing to deliver and retrieve your work on the dates listed above.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Submissions are due August 17, 2018.

Starkville Area Arts Council awards grants to organizations and individuals for artistic endeavors in Oktibbeha County across all art disciplines: visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and arts education. The organization or project must align with SAAC's mission to build a strong, creative, connected community through art. For organizations with robust arts programming, SAAC will consider requests for general operating support. We are particularly interested in projects (or public programs) that use art to address community issues, or provide direct services (in the arts) to communities in need, or create public works of art. SAAC is unlikely to fund another scholarship program and is RARELY the sole funder for a project. This is not an exhaustive list: please feel free to call us before applying!

PLEASE NOTE: Most grant amounts are in the $500-1,000 range. Grant requests greater than $2,500 will not be considered. 

DEADLINES: Applications must be for projects that will be completed by June 30, 2019. Applications are due on/before April 1, 2019. Applications may close if all funding is awarded before the deadline.

Starkville Area Arts Council