Call for Submissions
A Salute to Women Veterans and Military Servicewomen Arts Contest
The Virginia Tech Veterans Support Initiative launches the 3rd annual “A Salute to Women Veterans and Military Servicewomen” arts contest to engage Virginia Tech students in recognizing and celebrating the contributions of military and veteran women throughout our community. This contest is open to all currently enrolled Virginia Tech students.
There will be a monetary award given to the winner in each of four categories –
spoken word art (e.g., poetry, short story, etc.), new media/digital art (e.g., involving technology, video, multi-media, photography), performance art (e.g., dance, music, acting) and fine art (e.g., traditional arts like sculpture and painting). Judging will take place during the week of April 14th, 2014 and the contest will culminate in a reception on April 23rd, 2014.
Military and Women Veterans: Did you know?
- As of October 2013, the total veteran population in the United States and Puerto Rico was approximately 21 million. Of that, the population of women veterans numbered 2,271,222.
- Virginia ranks 4th in total number of women veterans. Women veterans numbered at 134,150 as of October 2013. As a ratio of total veterans, Virginia ranks 2nd to Alaska with women comprising 16% of our total veteran population.
- In FY 2009 and FY 2010, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, hypertension, and depression were the top three diagnostic categories for women veterans treated by VHA.
- About 1 in 5 women seen in VHA respond “Yes” when screened for Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
- The largest group of women veterans today served in the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND). Seventy percent (70%) of Virginia’s women veterans served during the gulf war era, compared with 44% of male veterans.
- This contest is open to all currently enrolled Virginia Tech students.
- Participants should submit entries that salute/honor military servicewomen and women veterans while illuminating the unique issues these women may face.
- Submissions must fall within one of four categories: spoken word art, new media/digital art, performance art, and fine art.
- Each student may submit only one entry.
- Each participant must include his/her name, academic level, major, email address and phone number with his/her submission.
- Spoken word art (e.g., poetry, short story, etc.) should be no longer than 750 words. If your submission is written in a language other than English, you will be contacted for translation.
- New media/digital art (involving technology, video, multi-media, photography) should be no more than three (3) minutes in length.
- Performance art (e.g., dance, music, acting) should be no more than five (5) minutes in length.
- Fine art (traditional arts like sculpture and painting) should be portable for display.
• All fine art submissions should be submitted to Anna LoMascolo in the Women’s Center no later than Friday, April 11th at 5:00pm. All spoken word, new media/digital, and performance art submissions should be emailed to Alicia Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, April 11th at 5:00pm. All video, vocal, and performance submissions should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube with the link sent to Alicia Cohen at email@example.com no later than Friday, April 11th at 5:00pm.
• No contest submission will be accepted after April 11th, 2014.
• All submissions become the property of the Virginia Tech Veterans Support Initiative.
• Any alleged violations of the University Acceptable Use Policy will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
Judging criteria: Entries will be judged by a panel on three equally weighted criteria: originality, stylistic merit, and attention to our theme of recognizing and saluting military and veteran women.
An award of $200 will be given for the first place winner in each of the four broad categories.