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Exemplar Journal

July Call for Entries NEW DATES

Oct 15- enter submission form

Nov 1  - submit work (digital image*)



Submit two file sizes

*300 dpi

*72 dpi

If you need any help in getting a good picture of your art, creating a file, or any step in the process of submitting, Mr. Kennedy or another teacher/parent may be able to help you. Your parent or guardian  may request help at artclass@gmail.com, subject: "EJ/NEED HELP".

*300 dpi is for printing

*72 dpi is for web



  Video Submission::::::::::::::::::::::::::::


  Literary Submission:     :::::::::     :::::::

TIP: A student can get good at entering competitions, winning awards, and being recognized if they persistently, each year, keep in mind, "How can I complete my work to enter it in upcoming contests?" If a deadline is too close, don’t give up on it. Plan ahead. This may be a springboard for you to start getting a piece of work ready for next year if it's not quite ready for this year.


Ready? -Ya sure?

Have you listened to yourself lately?

NOTE:  One great way to catch problems is to read it out loud and make an audio recording of your piece. Listen and read along. You might even find you would like to enter it in the Spoken Word category as well.


We’re looking for good to great.  Homeschoolers understand better than anyone that in order to do our very best we are to aim at rising above our culture:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”   -Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

--------------------------------------------All will get published and some will get awards

- Grand Exemplar Prize will be awarded a cash prize of $100 or more.

- Certificates of High Calibre will be awarded…

  1. A beautiful certificate worthy of framing
  2. Published as feature “front page” profile in Exemplar Journal’s June Winners Issue
  3. All entries will be in at least three separate drawings:                      
    a.) discount on a 2017 Summer Art Workshop.                                     
    b.) one free day of art class 

                   c.) a $10 or more valued

                   sketchbook or journal.


Nothing you don’t already know->


BONUS Contest:

Have you ever illustrated your mail? Snail-mailed submission forms and fees postmarked by June 3  with envelope illustrated by student (not to draw on the postage stamp) will be entered into an extra bonus competition for a special article in June.

See complete rules at:


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FYI: digital files

Everything you ever could know about digital file types:


Original 2016 Call for Entries Poster

Links to Art submission form & Literature submission form below on page 3.


On each Submission Form:

1. Make sure you give us your name, age/grade, school affiliate, and email before you submit.

If you are not sure what category your work represents, don't worry. The judges will make sure it is entered into the best category for whatever it is.

2. Fill out ONE submission form per piece of work.

3. Deadline for  entry forms along with entry fees is Oct 15.

4. Check made out to Victor Kennedy should accompany entry form(s).

5. Deadline for email containing actual file submissions is Nov 1.

6. Do not send original artwork. Judges will contact you if they would like to see the actual art or a better picture of the art. Only digital files accepted; see Submission form.


file type and size

Start with an image that is a good photograph of your art (2d or 3d) OR a high-resolution (300 dpi) file of art you created digitally. We need from you a digital version of your art whether photographed or scanned. We need a copy of it at 72 DPI saved as a PDF or JPEG. This digital image is what we will use for submission and  for placing on the website. We will eventually need that 300 dpi high resolution image of your art as the "print" version for printing if you are a winner.

How to name your file

When saving your image and naming it, keep it simple. We suggest the following example. Say for instance Bobby Carter is naming his digital file for submission into the contest of which will first be published online. He might title it “ej” for Exemplar Journal, underscore, his first initial and last name, “bcarter”, followed by an underscore, then “lit” or “art”, depending on submission type, underscore, “web”, then underscore one last time before JPEG” or “PDF”, depending on your file type.


If we need a version for print:

Later on we will notify the winners to send us a 300 DPI, CMYK JPEG or PDF and no smaller than 6 inches square, i.e.; 6wX5.5h or 4wX6h, to be used for printing the print version in the fall.




For any video submission, send us a link to your video (or art/photography) or an mp5 if it is online such as YouTube, Pinterest, your own website, etc. You may also send us the link to your art if it is online.

If you are entering a gif, you may send it by message to 404-918-9198 or via email to artclass@gmail.com.


Written Word:

In the categories of the Written Word Submission the judges will select student work based on technique, originality, and personal voice. Follow the word count guidelines below for each of the eligible genres.  

Length Guidelines:

Poetry: 200 lines maximum

Essay : 500–3,000 words - this category includes speeches and sermons

Short Fiction: 600–3,000 words


Before submitting your work:


-Let an adult or some other skilled and objective person proof ( and      

  maybe critique) your work.


-Do a close reading to “polish up” your work before submitting.



No adult themes or language:

Exemplar will not accept or publish work with profane language or adult themes that might be considered inappropriate. These decisions are made at the discretion of the EJ judges (whoever those may be) with guidance from student writers and teachers.

We, as teachers, parents, tutors, and contemporaries recognize that young adults write on a wide range of topics and recommend that you consider our basic guideline: Whatever subject or language represents content which does not offend any part of the Trinity of the God of Israel, and, to the contrary, whatever work we believe is approving to what we know (or can know) about God's character, that content is considered approving.



All work meeting the publishing guidelines above will be published online. In each category, one winner will receive  the Certificate of High Calibre and for the most impressive work from these winners will be voted one Grand Exemplar Prize winner who will be awarded a cash prize of at least $100. The more entry fees that are collected can insure the cash prize to go up.  

All entries will be published.

All entries will be featured in the Premiere issue of Exemplar Journals’ Homeschool Student Online Literary & Art Showcase. The difference will be that the Certificate of High Calibre winners and the Grand Exemplar Prize winner will receive precedence in first-page/home page placement.

Note that there may end up being award categories added to our list if there’s work  submitted that fits better in some other category not on our form (say a gif animation) or a sub category.

Plagiarism Guidelines: work found to be plagiarized will be refused and/or removed from the website immediately and the student and parent will be notified.



Literary Submission Form:

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Art Submission Form:

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