Introducing the HubPatron of the Arts Contest

HubPages is a vast site, full of many, many different subcommunities of writers and enthusiasts.  Some of the strongest communities on our site are comprised of the artistically-inclined: poets, fiction writers, and photographers.  To celebrate these amazing artists, we decided to make our next contest all about prose, poetry and photos!

Enter the HubPatron of the Arts Contest– HubPages’ first ever contest dedicated entirely to the Poems and Poetry, Creative Writing, and Photo Galleries categories.  Where in previous contests, judges looked for utility, how-to guides, and oodles of didactic information, judges in this contest will focus exclusively on artistry, quality, and the emotions that entries evoke.

Another novel aspect of this contest involves the way in which judging will take place. Instead of having staff do all the judging, or outsourcing judging to outside experts, we assembled three panels to the top poetry, prose, and photos experts on

We will be giving away over $3,000 in prizes, including a special Smashwords-sponsored prize given to one of the First Place winners in the contest. The Smashwords winner will have the opportunity to have a collection of his or her work formatted, published, and distributed as an ebook, which is pretty exciting!

The full details are below. Also, be sure visit our official contest page, where you can review submission requirements and rules in their entirety.  We look forward to reading your entries!


Prizes ($3,000 total): 

  • $1050 in $50 Daily Drawing Prizes (One Daily Drawing winner is selected at random from each day’s entries)
  • $500 Grand Prize for First Place Poem
    • $100 for Second Place Poem
    • $50 for Third Place Poem
  • $500 Grand Prize for First Place Fictional Creative Writing
    • $100 for Second Place Creative Writing
    • $50 for Third Place Creative Writing
  • $500 Grand Prize for First Place Image Gallery
    • $100 for Second Place Photo Gallery
    • $50 for Third Place Photo Gallery
  • Smashwords Prize
    • The opportunity to have a collection of the author’s work published as an ebook
    • Awarded to one of the three Grand Prize winners (chosen by HubPages staff judges)
    • Includes free formatting, a free ebook cover, free publishing, and free distribution as an ebook to major ebook retailers including Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and the Diesel eBook Store.

How to enter:

  1. Join HubPages
  2. Create an entry (keeping in mind the qualifying requirements and judging criteria) within the Poems and Poetry, Creative Writing, or Photo Galleries category.
  3. Add the tag: contest
  4. Publish your Hub!

Qualifying Requirements:

  • Contain a minimum of 500 words (if the entry is a photo gallery or poem, an explanation of the poem or description of the photos is required)
  • Be properly categorized within the fictional story, poem, or image gallery category on HubPages
  • Have at least one image, and all images must be legally used (see our Learning Center guide on legal image use)
  • Be published for the first time on that given contest day
  • Be entirely original to HubPages

Judging Criteria:
Each panel of judges will be evaluating the entries in its section based on…

  • The quality of writing or photos
  • The originality of writing or photos
  • The emotional/aesthetic impact of writing or photos
  • Good, attractive formatting

HubPages Judges:


  • Entries may first be submitted Tuesday, November 1st at 12:00pm (PT)
  • The final deadline for entries is Tuesday, November 22nd at 12:00pm (PT)
  • Daily Drawing prize winners will be announced every weekday around 4:00pm (PT)
  • Smashwords, First, Second, and Third Place prizes will be announced Friday, December 2nd at 4:00pm (PT)