WNC Magazine Photo Contest

Last call for Submissions – Deadline to Enter is September 30th

Images of Western North Carolina Photo Contest

Submit up to 5 images for this inaugural event!

All photos will be reviewed by a panel of judges from WNC Magazine and the top picks will be featured in the January/February 2016 issue.  Cash prizes will be awarded in both amateur and professional categories.  To enter and see a complete list of guidelines, visit


Cash Prizes Awarded
Professional Category: $400
Amateur Category: $300
Readers’ Choice: $100

Call for Sculpture Artists


The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC seek sculptors interested in participating in our outdoor sculpture sales gallery. Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council. The “Gallery” is located in planters throughout the downtown area.

Artists interested in participating should submit an application to the Caldwell Arts Council before September 30, 2015.  Application forms are available at www.caldwellarts.com or by calling 828-754-2486.  Selected sculptures must be suitable for outdoor installation. The pieces will be on display for one year beginning in October or November.  All selected pieces will be awarded a stipend of $200 to help with delivery and retrieval costs.  If an artwork sells there is a 30% sales commission to the Caldwell Arts Council, and the artist may bring a replacement sculpture for the remainder of the contract duration.  The artwork on display will be covered by a liability insurance policy.  Twelve sculptures will be selected for display.  Each artist may submit up to 3 works for consideration.


Tucker’s Gallery was started with a Grassroots Arts Grant from the State of North Carolina.  Caldwell County is known for its signature sculpture collection of 81 pieces of original sculpture that are on display throughout the county. People travel to our community to see this unique offering.  While the permanent collection is installed county-wide, Tucker’s Gallery allows visitors to see a concentrated number of sculptures within a small geographic area, and unlike the permanent collection, allows for purchases of artwork.

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue SW, Lenoir NC. Phone 828-754-2486; e-mail info@caldwellarts.com; website www.caldwellarts.com.

This program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

WNC Magazine Photo Contest

Have great shots of Western North Carolina that deserve to be in print? Submit up to five of them to WNC magazine’s inaugural Images of WNC Photo Contest! All photos will be reviewed by a panel of judges from WNC magazine, and the top picks will be featured in our January/February 2016 issue. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in both amateur and professional categories.

Photo Contest Rules & Guidelines

Cash Prizes Awarded
Professional Category: $400
Amateur Category: $300
Readers’ Choice: $100

This contest is for amateur and professional photographers. You may submit up to five photographs in one category. You may not submit photos in both categories. Each category will be judged separately by a panel of judges from WNC magazine, and the finalists will be featured in the January/February 2016 issue of the magazine. The panel will select a winner in each category and cash prizes will be awarded—$400 for the professional category and $300 for amateur. After the publication of the January/February issue, WNC magazine will host an online Readers’ Choice award at wncmagazine.com. That winner will be announced in the Guideposts department in the March/April 2016 issue and will be awarded $100.

All submitted photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this contest. All digital files must be 6 megabytes or smaller, in JPEG or .jpg format, and at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image). The photographers of the images selected as finalists will be asked to provide the RAW or original camera file (minimum 3,000 pixels wide).

Entrants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of the contest administrators. Entrants grant to WNC magazine the right to use and publish their name and photograph online and in print. This includes the possibility of using any submitted image for a cover in the January/February 2016 issue and use for future photo contest promotions. The contest and all of the related pages, contents, and code are copyright of WNC magazine. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

To learn more about the contest and to submit your photos go to http://wncmagazine.com/photo_contest

Fiscal Sponsorship

The Asheville Area Arts Council is pleased to offer Fiscal Sponsorship as a service to individuals and organizations in the process of growing not-for-profit projects in Buncombe County that align with the arts council’s mission.

The AAAC is particularly interested in projects in our area of service that

  • provide accessibility to arts and culture for disadvantaged populations,
  • enhance arts education,
  • ameliorate social issues,
  • enhance quality of life,
  • support tourism and economic opportunity for artists in Buncombe County.

Projects must be financially viable, with existing plans for sustainability. Projects must benefit Buncombe County, or take place in Buncombe County. Projects should involve professional leadership. Project leaders must be members of the AAAC. For more information on project criteria, see the criteria linked below.

Fiscal Sponsorship Application

The Asheville Area Arts Council is pleased to offer Fiscal Sponsorship as a service to individuals and organizations in the process of growing not-for-profit projects in Buncombe County that align with the AAAC Mission.

Applicants for fiscal sponsorship must be members of the AAAC. Click here to join.

Please review all project criteria before submitting your application.

Contact AAAC Executive Director Kitty Love at kitty@ashevillearts.com with any questions.

Please specify dates if possible.
Review our mission linked above.
Use dates, frequency of events, people involved and how often they get paid, who is served and how, locations, logistics, etc.
Use demographic information, geography, socio-economic status, etc.
Review our criteria linked above.
i.e. working with children or seniors, heavy equipment, chemicals,etc.
Please attach any relevant documentation, including résumé, budget, work samples, and optional references. Label all files clearly.

What’s the Buzz about Bees?

Black Mountain Center for the Arts Announces: Artists Invitational 2015

Bee Awareness Event

We are seeking works of art that feature one of the world’s 20,000 species of bee.


create original 2-D or 3-D media featuring a bee


DELIVERY DATES: Tuesday September 8, 10am-4pm

SHOW DATES: September 10- October 9, 2015

PICK UP DATES: October 12 & 13, 10am-4pm

Artist’s Reception and Awareness Kick-off

September 10 6-8 pm

Join the artists for a wine and cheese reception. Then join Phyllis Stiles, founder and director of Bee City USA as she offers a short, but powerful presentation about the dire future facing our most valuable pollinators.

  1. Address: 225 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711


Literary Fiction Contest

Deadline for entries is August 30th

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring the 5th Annual Literary Fiction Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. The awards are:

1st Place: Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 35 pages line-edited.

3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.

10 Honorable Mentions


Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.

The entry fee per submission is $25, or $20 members. Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org, or by mail.

Editing and Revising Your Own Work

The instructor is Karen Ackerson who is Senior Editor at the Renbourne Editorial Agency, and has edited over 220 stories, books and essays.Writers of fiction and non-fiction will learn how to edit and revise their works before submitting to an agent or publisher.  Techniques will be taught on how to grab the reader’s interest by eliminating unnecessary details, building tension, and fine-tuning dialogue and descriptions.

Participants may bring five pages (double-spaced) to the class for review.  Meets Saturday, August 29th from 10-4 pm.  $75, or $70 Workshop members.


387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805

www.twwoa.org  *  828-254-8111 *   writersw@gmail.com

4BAF 2016 – Call For Artists

4 Bridges Arts Festival will return for its 16th year to bring world-class fine art to the region. 4 Bridges is a fully juried show with artist awards totaling $15,000. Diversity in media and styles in a truly unique 50,000 sq. ft. covered pavilion, mixed with serious art buyers from across the region, and beyond, create an atmosphere unlike any other.

  • 150 Participating artists
  • Patron Purchase Program
  • $15,000 in Artist Merit Awards
  • Fabulous Southern hospitality!
  • Complimentary meals and beverages
  • On-site priority parking (including RVs)
  • Booth sitting
  • Discounted hotel rates
  • 10′ x 12′ booth spaces, double & corner booths available, electricity available

Please click HERE to review the complete prospectus.

If you have any questions please email the festival director, Michelle Kimbrell, at mkimbrell@avarts.org

Paradise Park Zoo Casting Call

Anam Cara Theatre Company will be holding auditions for their production of Paradise Park Zoo on August 16th and 17th, with possible callbacks on August 18th.


  • August 16th, 6-9 pm
  • August 17th, 8-10 pm
  • Possible callbacks August 18th, 8-10 pm


Toy Boat Community Art Space
101 Fairview Rd. in Asheville


Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script as well as some ensemble-based exercises.  Wear clothes you can move in.  Please be prepared to list your availability from August 25th to November 8th.

Email info@anamcaratheatre.org to sign up for your audition time.


by Savannah Reich

Directed by Erinn Hartley

The animals at the zoo are very busy; experimenting with meditation, processing their relationship, honing their wilderness survival skills.  None of them are talking about their cages.  The cages are not important.

A three act epic meditation on capitalism, the radical left, and the impossible task of imagining ourselves free.

(The entire play can be found online at newplayexchange.org)


  • JENNY, a female monkey
  • PANCAKES, a male monkey
  • GERALD, a male human
  • CYNTHIA, a female human
  • TATIANA, a lioness
  • DEE, a lioness

*Casting decisions will not regard age, race, sex, gender, or other factors not pertaining directly to an individual’s performance ability within the ensemble.

The rehearsal schedule will be determined based on actor, director, and space(s) availability. Some rehearsals, especially during the two weeks prior to the show, will run late into the night. Rehearsals will begin on August 26th and run through November 8th, which includes strike and all photo and publicity opportunities. Most Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays will be days off.

We are also looking for set/props, costumes, lighting, and sound designers. Small stipends available. Email erinn@anamcaratheatre.org if you’re interested.