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2018-2020 GFWC Writing Contest

The GFWC Writing Contests seek to provide an avenue for GFWC members and community youth to freely express themselves and draw upon their experiences through writing. These submissions illustrate the talent of GFWC members and are a reflection of our communities. GFWC offers short story and poetry contests for members and youth in the communities GFWC serves.


2018-2020 Writing Contest Chairman:

Mary Kaye Ernest

Download the .pdf GFWC Club Writing Contest Manual here for information on rules, prizes, deadlines and more.

Download the Creative Arts Waiver here.

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2018-2020 GFWC Photography Contests

The GFWC Photography Contests encourage artistic expression, while recognizing achievement in photography. GFWC offers three opportunities to participate in the Photography Contests:

  • The World in Pictures Contest
  • GFWC Volunteers in Action
  • A Year in Pictures

There are three GFWC Photography contests.

The first is The World in Pictures Contest which has three categories: living things, scenes, and still life.Entries are made at the state arts and crafts show. A member is allowed to enter one photo (not a collection of photos) in each of the three categories. The three winning photos at the state show are sent to the national headquarters by the state arts chairman. Entries may have been entered in the district contests and may or may not have won there. Entries must meet the requirements of the national contests as described on the GFWC website under Awards, Contests, and Grants and on the GFWC of Minnesota website.  Also winning photos must have a creative arts waiver.

The second contest is Volunteers in Action and it is handled in the same way.

The third contest is the Calendar Contest, A Year in Pictures. Each club is entitled to send one photo directly to national headquarters by May 15. The state arts chairman is not involved in this and there is no category for this at the state arts show.

GFWC Juniorette members compete as members–not as students– for these contests and their photos in these categories may advance to the national level if they win.

Student photographs do not advance to the national level as there is no national contest in photography for students.

At our state arts show, we also have a snapshot category for students and for members. These need not be mounted or have complete labels, and there is no national contest for them.

2018-2020 Photography Contest Chairman:

Kathryn Sowers

Download the .pdf GFWC Club Photography Manual here for information on rules, prizes, deadlines and more.

Download the Creative Arts Waiver here.

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Arts and Crafts Categories

Entries must have won blue ribbons or their equivalents at district shows or displays in all categories except the starred photographic categories. Therefore each district may enter only one item in each unstarred category from a member, one from a student, and one from a handicapped community member.

Attach a note with the category number (i.e. C-1) and either member or student on one side and on the other side the creator’s name, sponsoring club and district, and a brief description of the entry.

Student art must also be properly categorized and labeled. Students or their teachers should do this.

Items entered in the wrong category may be moved by the judge(s) or the coordinator of the show.

If there are any items in a category, even only one, a blue ribbon must be given.


C-1 Needlepoint (including klokkestreng, lace net darning) C-34 Ceramics, pre-molded items
 C-2  Counted cross embroidery  C-35  Pottery, original form
 C-3  Cutwork embroidery, hardanger  C-36 Leather and metal tooling, wood burning, stained glass, tin punch
 C-4  Other embroidery (chickenscratch, crewel, candlewicking, trapunto)  C-37  Woodworking (toys, ornaments)
 C-5  Knotting (tatting, macrame)  C-38  Wood carving, whittling
 C-6  Lace (Battenberg, hairpin, broomstick)  C-39  Nature crafts (dried floral, driftwood, shells, rocks)
 C-7  Combination needlework  C-40  Artificial flower arrangements
 C-8  Knitting, large pieces (sweaters, afghans)  C-41  Basketmaking, wheat weaving
 C-9  Knitting, small pieces (mittens, hats)  C-42  Calligraphy
 C-10  Machine knitting  C-43  Paper cutting
 C-11  Crocheting, large pieces (sweaters, afghans)  C-44  Miscellaneous crafts
 C-12  Crocheting, small pieces (doilies, scarves)  V-1  Painting – oils
 C-13  Weaving  V-2  Painting – acrylic, tempura
 C-14  Rugs (hooked, braided)  V-3  Painting – watercolor
 C-15  Quilting, large pieces (perimeter 200″ or more ) – Hand quilted by maker  V-4  Pastels, chalk, crayon, marker
 C-16  Quilting, large pieces – machine quilted by maker  V-5  Charcoal
 C-17  Quilting, large pieces – quilted by other  V-6  Ink
 C-18  Quilting, small – hand quilted by maker  V-7 Scratch art
 C-19  Quilting, small – machine quilted by maker  V-8 Pencil
 C-20  Quilting, small – quilted by other  V-9 Sculpture (plastic, clay, wire, stone, concrete, papier-mache, metal)
 C-21  Quilting, tied  V-10  Printing, stamping, from original block
 C-22  Applique  V-11  Computer-generated art
 C-23  Sewing, apparel (incl. quilted garments)  V-12  Mixed media
 C-24  Sewing, home decorating  V-13  Snapshot – Photography entries must follow the GFWC guidelines as described in the GFWC Manual under GFWC Photography Contests. This information is in the Contests section – not the Arts section.
 C-25  Stuffed toys (including dolls)  *V-14  Members only – Volunteers in Action
 C-26  Doll clothes  Categories for members and students:
 C-27  Decorating a ready-made garment  *V-15  Living things
 C-28  Rosemaling, tole painting, China painting  *V-17  Scenes
 C-29  Scrapbooking **  *V-19  Still life
 C-30  Greeting cards, stationary, quilling
 C-31  Holiday ornaments
 C-32  Beadwork (incl. beaded jewelry)
 C-33  Jewelry (excl. beadwork)

*A member or student may enter only one photo in a particular category, but may compete in multiple categories and need not have won blue ribbons or equivalents at District.
*Be sure to label the photo Member or Student
**Scrapbooks must be no longer than 12.5 X 12.5, no more than 20 pages (10 pp., two sides) and may not have been previously entered.