National Arts Competition

Are you a 15- to 18-year-old visual, literary or performing artist?

The 2020 YoungArts competition is now closed. Applications for the 2021 competition will be accepted beginning June 1 through October 8, 2020. 
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  • ​Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards

  • Take master classes with accomplished artists

  • ​Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of creative and professional development opportunities

  • Achieve national recognition


  • Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)

  • Be in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year you are applying

  • Have not already been named a YoungArts Finalist and previously attended YoungArts Week


  • Complete the YoungArts application on Acceptd, including required documentation and audition or portfolio materials, by the deadline. ​Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver. Learn more about fee waivers in our FAQ. The 2020 application is now closed and will reopen in June.


Winners are announced, with an official winners list posted to our website, by the end of November. Please refer to the full application timeline* below.

  • Application close: October 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET (Eastern Time).
  • Week 1 through 4: Application reviews.
  • Week 5: Notification of Finalists by phone.
  • Week 6: Finalist confirmations received.
  • Week 7: Honorable Mention & Merit email notifications sent, full winner announcement and winners list posted to our website.

*This timeline is subject to change.