Call for essays – Incentive Prize for Young Art Critics, 2024 AICA-International

Call for essays (from AICA International)

On the occasion of the AICA-International Congress in Bucharest and Iaşi, Romania, November 4-9

Theme: Becoming Machine, Resisting the Artificial. Art in the Present Tense

Eligibility: Critics (commentators, curators, educators) early to mid-career, writing from anywhere, for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, internet

Cash Prizes: First place €1000 (or dollars); second place €500 (or dollars); Third place €250 (or dollars); Certificates will be emailed after congress

Entry fee: None

Entry Deadline: One essay per applicant by Sunday, August 18, 2024

Jury Process: the AICA-International Awards Committee will read and rank essays

Notification: Only the three winners will be notified by email, announced at the Congress; their essays will be posted on the AICA-International website. First place winner will be invited to read their essay via Zoom at the Congress.

CONTEST DIRECTIONS (Please read carefully!)

By Sunday, August 18, 2024 applicants should email a single WORD document in English (no PDF) including:

1. 2000-3000 word count essay with bibliography

2. Optional six images (max) labeled and embedded into essay text

3. 150 word BIO with writer’s nationality, workplace, and email

AICA-International reserves the right to publish entries on its website and/or AICA-E-MAG

Email entries to all three: Jean Bundy (Awards Chair) at and


Essayists do not have to be AICA members

Essays do not have to follow congress theme

Previously published essays, or essays sent to other contests, are eligible

For questions/answers anytime, email Jean Bundy (

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