Current Open Calls

Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children's Literature: 

Are you an unpublished writer or illustrator of children’s books?  Have you dreamed of a chance to have your writing or portfolios reviewed by a literary agent or book publisher?

Shoreline Arts Alliance is presenting the twenty first annual New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards competition. 


This contest affords unpublished Connecticut authors and illustrators of children’s books the opportunity to have manuscripts and portfolios reviewed by literary agents and possibly by editors and art directors at some of the major publishing houses for children’s literature.

The New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards is a Connecticut statewide, juried competition opened to Children’s Literature writers and illustrators who are not published or under contract for publication.  Categories are: Picture Book (text only), Illustrated Picture Book (author and illustrator must be same person), Children’s Book Illustrator Portfolio, Middle Grade Novel and Young Adult/Teen Novel.  All submitted works that meet the contest guidelines will be sent to literary agents for the first tier of judging.  Works deemed outstanding will then be sent on to publishers and editors at major publishing houses for children’s literature. 


All submissions for this year’s contest must be submitted online by February 2, 2021. 

IMAGES: Connecticut's Oldest Photograph Exhibition and Competition

We have opened submissions for IMAGES, Connecticut’s oldest state-wide photography competition. Now in its 40th year, IMAGES is a jury-curated photography exhibition held virtually as of 2020. Accepted artists are eligible for various awards, and there is exciting programming scheduled to accompany the show including a virtual gallery talk and jury panel.

Submissions for Shoreline Arts Alliance’s IMAGES will be accepted online from December 15th to February 21st. The judges have not yet been announced.

Shoreline Arts Alliance encourages all Connecticut Photographers of all ages and skill-levels to submit their work to IMAGES. The show will be posted online in early March.

Future Choices Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition

We are seeking high school artists in our 24 town region to participate in our 37th annual Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition. This juried art show will take place virtually on the Shoreline Arts Alliance website.


High school students within SAA’s 24 town region - all of Middlesex County, Lyme, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Salem, Madison, Guilford, North Branford, Branford, and East Haven -  are encouraged to submit artwork by the March 19, 2021 deadline.


Entries will be accepted in the following categories: Ceramics, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Pastels, Photography, Prints, Sculpture, and Video. All entries must be submitted by either the artist or a teacher. 


Accepted works will be exhibited online for a period of three months, beginning on April 6, 2021, and select award winners will have work featured on Shoreline Arts Alliance’s social media pages.

Cash awards will be given in each category. Other awards include the Ruth Baxter-Tagliatela Award, the Judy Streeter Outstanding School Award, which recognizes a school’s art department, Best in Show, and the Earl Grenville Killeen Founders Award, which recognizes the teacher of the Best in Show award recipient.

Shoreline Arts Alliance Internship Program

We are currently seeking driven students with an interest in the arts and non-profit organizations to apply for our internship program! As a Shoreline Arts Alliance Intern, you will be responsible for working 1-4+ volunteer or for-credit hours a week (depending on your preference and availability) during a set schedule worked out between yourself and the SAA staff. All work will take place virtually until further notice.


Internship tasks might include creating marketing materials for our various student programs, helping to brainstorm marketing strategies in Zoom meetings, writing press releases and promotional articles/blog posts, helping with administrative tasks, and more. We also hope interns can become ambassadors for our programs at their respective schools, and help us think of more ways to get their peers excited about what Shoreline Arts Alliance has to offer. 

While this internship is primarily designed for high school students, college students are also welcome to apply. Please send your resume and a cover letter to Whitney at to submit your application. Internships will begin within 2-4 weeks of your acceptance.

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Daniel E. Offutt III, Charitable Trust 




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