2022 Creative Youth Awards

The 2022 Creative Youth Awards recognizes and supports Bay Area youth artists through professional creative feedback, cash awards and other prizes. 

2022 CYA Categories:

  • Creative Writing – Fiction & non-fiction limited to 500 words, poetry to three pages, plays and screenplays limited to five pages or five minutes in length.
  • Film– All approaches to film/video art or storytelling are embraced. Maximum duration is no more than 5 minutes, and must have obtained permission from all actors or participants who appear.
  • Music Composition – Original scores. Maximum duration is no more than 5 minutes. Required to submit both a .pdf of composition (or lyrics for songwriters) and an audio file of the piece. 
  • Music Performance – ‘Covers’ of music not composed by the artist. Maximum video or audio duration is no more than 5 minutes.
  • Photography – All digital or film photography (submitted as digital) welcome.
  • Visual Art – All mediums welcome; artists are asked to submit a digital photograph of the artwork. (note: photography artwork should be submitted in the Photography category)

Award Categories:

Presidential Merit – $1,000
Superior Merit – $500
Exceptional Merit – $200
Special Merit – $100

Our highest honor, the Presidential Merit, is given at discretion of the Founder

CYA submissions are hosted through partner-site SlideRoom.

The 2022 Creative Youth Awards submissions open at 12pm PST Thursday, October 14, 2021 and close at 11:59pm PST Friday, January 7, 2022.

Winners will be announced at the Creative Youth Celebration in late Spring 2022.

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