Bayleaf Open

the bayleaf open 2018 a celebration of art and literature

BAYLEAF OPEN 2020 CANCELLATION

4/2/20 - Unfortunately we must cancel this event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you all for your interest and invite you to participate in next year's event.


Bayleaf Open 2020: A Celebration of Art & Literature

Open Call for Art & Writing Entries

The Bayleaf Open is a Creative Art and Writing competition open to local high school and Marywood students sponsored by the Art, Communication Arts, English, and Modern Languages Departments. Students will create works in response to a designated theme inspired by Marywood’s mission and core values.

Artwork entries will be on display in the Learning Commons, while selected literary and persuasive works will be read aloud during a public reception and celebration. The contest will be judged and prizes awarded. The event is free and open to the public.

Join Us!

Date of Event: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Marywood Learning Commons, 2nd floor, Archives Room
Website: http://www.marywood.edu/english/bayleafopen.html
Submission Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020

Prizes

For High School Students:

  • Three $1,000 Marywood University scholarships will be awarded to high school juniors: one in Art, one in Creative Writing, and one in Persuasive Writing
  • Three  $1,000 Marywood University scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors or transfer students: one in Art, one in Creative Writing, and one in Persuasive Writing
  • The winning Art and Creative Writing entries will be published in The Bayleaf, Marywood’s art and literary magazine. The winning Persuasive Writing entries will be published in The Wood Word, Marywood’s newspaper.
  • Honorable mentions may also be awarded. The committee will invite the creators of additional selected entries to read or present their work at the Bayleaf Open event in April.

For current Marywood students:

  • Three $200 gift certificates will be awarded to the winners: one in Art, one in Creative Writing, and one in Persuasive Writing
  • The winning Art and Creative Writing entries will be published in The Bayleaf, Marywood’s art and literary magazine.
  • The winning Persuasive Writing entries will be published in The Wood Word, Marywood’s newspaper.
  • Honorable mentions may also be awarded. The committee will invite the creators of additional selected entries to read or present their work at the Bayleaf Open event in April.

Submission Guidelines

  • All entries---artworks and writing---must be inspired by this year's theme, “Social Responsibility, Dialogue, and Justice” which is the descriptive title of one of Marywood’s new general education integrative core learning pathways and inspired by Marywood University's Core Values. Students may respond to any aspect of the theme, broadly or specifically.
  • One entry per student. We only accept original student work.
  • Open to all Marywood undergraduate students as well as 11th and 12th grade students in northeast Pennsylvania. Any student (first-time or transfer) applying to Marywood’s Art, Communication Arts, Modern Language, and Literature Departments (regardless of residence) is also eligible to participate.
  • All entries must follow the guidelines listed below.

Artwork

  • All mediums accepted so long as the work is light enough to hang with double sided sticky tape without falling due to excessive weight.
  • Size: 8.5" x 11" (portrait or landscape)
  • The student’s name should not appear on the work. Use the cover sheet provided.
  • Download the Bayleaf Open Cover Sheet

Creative Writing Manuscripts

  • Poems, short stories, or creative nonfiction essays of no more than five double-spaced pages will be considered for this competition. All work must be typed in a legible font and submitted via the Google Forms Writing Submission links below.
  • Note: at the event, you will be asked to limit your reading to a two-page excerpt.
  • All work must be typed in a legible font and submitted via the Google Forms Writing Submission links below.
  • The student’s name should not appear on the work. Use the cover sheet provided.
  • Download the Bayleaf Open Cover Sheet

Persuasive Writing Manuscripts

  • Participants will submit persuasive editorials related to any aspect of the theme suitable for publication in a university newspaper. The length should be approximately 500 words.
  • All work must be typed in a legible font and submitted via the Google Forms below.
  • The student’s name should not appear on the work. Use the cover sheet provided.
  • Download the Bayleaf Open Cover Sheet

Submission Process

  • All submissions must be received at Marywood by Friday, April 3, 2020.
  • The student’s name should not appear on the work. Use the cover sheet provided.
  • Download the Bayleaf Open Cover Sheet
  • Artwork submissions with cover letter may be mailed or hand-delivered to:
    • Attn: Bayleaf Open 2020
      Marywood Art Department
      Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, Room 116
      2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509

Important Notes:

  • Artwork will not be returned by mail.
  • All art participants will have the opportunity to retrieve their artwork from the Learning Commons in person on May 4-9, 2020
  • All uncollected artwork will be discarded on May 10, 2020.
  • For art-related questions, please contact Sue Jenkins at suejenkins@marywood.edu.
  • For writing-related questions, please contact Dr. Helen Bittel at bittel@marywood.edu.
  • All works submitted to Bayleaf Open may be used for publicity including sharing the works and artist names on social media