GFWC of MN Writing Contest photo

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:

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

Download the Creative Arts Waiver here.

MN Chair is Barb Dietl, 
All writing entries are to be mailed to State Chair for judging by March 17, 2020.
Address:  33886 533rd Avenue, Lafayette, MN 56054

GFWC of MN Photo Contest Image

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.


2018-2020 Photography Contest Chairman:
Tammy McCoy,

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

Download the Creative Arts Waiver here.

Arts and Crafts Categories

GFWC Arts and Crafts Categories

Step 1: Select the category (or categories) for the type of works(s) you are entering. You can enter up to (2) pieces per category.


Step 2: Read the categories below to make sure you choose the correct category (ies).

Step 3: When you are sure you have selected the correct category, go to the Entry Registration form and fill out all of the information on the label for each entry.

Step 4: Arts and Craft Show: Saturday, May 2, 2020 GFWC of MN Convention, Jackpot Junction. Exhibits displayed 8:00 am Saturday. Local clubs and districts may hold an Art Show prior to this final show.

Works accepted from GFWC members and Students’ work from the club’s locales. Judging will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 during the GFWC State Convention.  They will be looking for originality, visual impact and workmanship.


  1. Drawing: Works executed predominantly with drawing materials, including (but not limited to) pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, graphite, or in combination.
  2. Fiber/Textile Art: Fine Arts executed predominantly with fiber/textile materials (natural or synthetic) including but not limited to fabric, yarn, thread, string, felt, rope, recycled fabrics, etc., or in combination. (Refer to the Artisan category for Fine Craft textiles works, i.e.: bed quilts, wearable art, etc.)
  3. Painting: Works executed predominantly with painting materials, including (but not limited to) oil-based, water-based (acrylic, watercolor, tempera, gouache, etc) spray enamel, pastel paintings etc., or in combination.
  4. Photography: Works executed with analog or digital equipment. Printed in color or black & white. Size: 8×10 mounted on rigid board. Living things, Scenes, and Still Life.
  5. 3-Dimensional: Free-standing Fine Art works executed with any medium, (including but not limited to) wood, stone, metal, clay, re-purposed materials, etc., or in combination. Techniques may include sculpting, carving, assemblage, etc. Must be self-supporting or suitable for pedestal, shelf or table display. Max weight 75#. No works will be accepted that require the artist to be present for installation.  If the piece is to be displayed directly on the floor, or if it requires a pedestal, please include the information with your entry form prior to delivery. Refer to Fiber Art Category for 3-D works in fiber/textile.  Refer to the Artisan Category for 3-D Fine Crafts i.e. furniture, pottery etc.
  6. Artisan: Fine Crafts of original design executed with any medium, including (but not limited to) jewelry, furniture, glass (stained, blown, fused, etc), musical instruments, clothing/wearable art, pottery, turned wood, quilts (subject to size limit) etc. Contact the Art Chairman if you are unsure or if you have any questions.
  7. Wild Card: Any original Fine Art or Fine Craft of original design that does NOT meet the criteria for the other 6 categories. 2-D or 3-D free-standing works including, but not limited to: digital art, printmaking (hand pulled original works), encaustic, assemblage, collage, mosaic, mix-media, etc

Arts Entry Form:  

GFWC Arts & Craft Show Arts Entry Form
Choose One – Member _____  Student  _______ 
Category:   C _____   or   V _____
Creators Name:  _________________________________

School:  ________________________________________
Sponsoring Club:  ________________________________   
Brief Description of Entry: _________________________