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Lafayette Youth
Arts Society
What is the contest?
For the past five years, the Lafayette Youth Arts Society has run annual writing and photography contests for middle school students. Our goal is to get kids to explore writing and photography as real interests, outside of English essays and Instagram selfies.
  Important Dates

Contest opening date: November 13th, 2017
Contest entries due: January 31st, 2018
Results announced: Early April 2018
Awards ceremony: 
April 22, 2018 
Contest Links
Zoe Portnoff (left) and Sam Swan (right) set up the 2014 photography contest submissions for judging
LYAS Writing and Photography Contest
5th Annual Writing and Photography Contest
To enter the 5th Annual Writing and Photography Contest, check this year's writing and photography/video prompts.

You can submit:
1-3 photos
1 written piece

Written entries and photos may be submitted by email or by post. (Videos must be emailed, for obvious reasons.) Emailed entries are due by midnight on January 31st, 2018.

Mailed entries must be postmarked January 31st, 2018.
Submitting Entry
By Mail: (preferred)
Mail your photo(s) and printed entry form to:
Lafayette Youth Arts Society
​PO Box 4
Lafayette, CA

By Email:
Fill out the entry form and attach it to your email as a .pdf or .doc file (no signatures needed).

For written pieces: Attach entry and entry form to an email in .pdf or .doc format

For photographs: Attach entries and entry form to an email in .jpg, .jpeg or .png format.

What's New?
The photography contest also has a twist this year: instead of submitting just one photo, participants may submit a series of one to three photos which tell a story in response to one of the joint photography/video prompts.
2017/18 Contest Entry Form is located here!

2018 Contest Prompts


  • You wake up in the morning to find your dreams came true. But it's not like you expected...

  • A mysterious package arrives at your door

  • An unusual diary entry 

  • "What are you so afraid of?" 

  • You have the power to bring people back from the dead. How do you use it?


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