Creative Arts Competition

Previous Contest Winners (Spring 2016):

Barry Maxwell, “Testing the Limitless” – Runner up

Sarah Chen, “For a Moment” – Runner up


The Liberator Magazine is excited to host a creative arts competition this semester! We hope to reach out to students and amplify voices and experiences that may not be heard otherwise.

The contest is open to all UT students and we will be taking submissions until March 1st, 2018.

We are accepting works of fiction (poetry, short stories), nonfiction (editorials, personal narratives/essays), visual art (painting, graphic design), and photography! You are allowed to submit separate pieces to all four categories, but no more than one piece to each category. (EX: You can submit to both Fiction and Nonfiction, but don’t submit two short stories to Fiction or three articles to Nonfiction).

Our theme for the spring print issue is “Rebirth.” We encourage you to explore what “rebirth” means to you right now— whether it signifies the dawn of a new era, symbolically, or even personally— but we also want you to be daring, genuine, and to write what is true to your experiences and perceptions of the world around you. Even if you have never written fiction or nonfiction before, even if you are not an experienced photographer- your voice deserves to be heard!

We will pick one winner from the written submissions, and another winner from the visual art/photography submissions. The two winners will be published in the Spring 2018 print issue of The Liberator, and they will be invited to celebrate the release of the print mag with us, at our annual release party in April.
Entries must be submitted to by midnight on March 1st. If you have any questions, concerns, etcetera, you can reach us at!