Young Artists Contest with Portsmouth Historical Society. April 1st through May 31st.

With the start of our latest exhibition, “The Matter of Memory,” we are bringing back and expanding our previous Young Writers Contest into the Portsmouth Historical Society’s Young Artists Contest! Find inspiration in our show to create your own unique piece of art!

Come visit our exhibition (or download our educational packet), and explore both “The Matter of Memory,” and its companion show of contemporary art. Choose a piece that sparks your creativity and create a piece of writing or visual art and submit it to our contest to be eligible for a prize!

Submit Your Art!
A winner and an honorable mention will be chosen for each age division in the categories of writing and visual art. Winners and honorable mentions will have the opportunity for their work to be displayed at the Portsmouth Historical Society.

The contest will be open from April 1st through May 31st. There will be a reception for all entrants and their families at the Historical Society at 5:30pm on June 11th.

Each artist may submit up to three pieces of art, but each piece must be submitted with a separate form.

Have another idea? Reach out to with any questions!

How do I submit my art?

You can fill out our submission form online, or print out a paper form and drop it off or mail it to the Historical Society. Entries should be mailed to:

Portsmouth Historical Society
Sarah Robbitts-Terry
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

We can’t wait to see your work!

What kind of art can I submit?

Short stories, poems, plays/dialogue, newspaper articles, essays, imagined interviews, and more are all potential options!

Writing submissions have a max word count of 2,000.

Visual Art:
Any medium can be submitted, including (but not limited to) paint, colored pencils, charcoal, pastels, photography, collage, etc.

Visual art will need to be photographed to be submitted. Please make sure your artwork is well lit and against a plain background.


Portsmouth Historical Society
10 Middle Street | Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 436-8433 | Website:

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