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.

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Notice the mural on Lampkin Street? Did it catch your eye? Want a chance to show your skill? Now's your opportunity! An anonymous donor can't wait to see someone paint more!

Here's the challenge:

Submit your design for a mural on the western "tail end" of the south-facing wall that runs along the sidewalk on Lampkin Street between Meigs Street (at the FUMC intersection) and South Washington. The award is $500. A "starter pack" of basic supplies will be provided. This consists of:

  • Up to 5 quarts of outdoor paint.
  • 1 gallon of primer.
  • plastic sheeting (enough to use as a dropcloth).
  • 4 rollers (plus roller cages + pans).
  • 3 rolls of papertowels.
  • 2 small scrubbing brushes.
  • Small size (quart or less) of muriatic acid (or other cleaning solvent).

Any supplies beyond these must be supplied by you or purchase from the $500 award (NOTE: total cost of additional supplies for the existing mural were less than $200). The mural must start at the western-most point and can extend east-ward up to 60 feet. Surprise and impress us. 

You may submit as a team, but the award remains the same: $500. Submit a color sketch of your design. And yes, you must also be the artist who paints the mural. You can bring volunteers, but it's your space to create. 

Once a design is selected, you will have 30 days to organize and complete it.


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.