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The Labsy Awards


Submit your work for the 2023 Labsy Awards.

Submissions will close Monday, June 26 at 9:00 am.




Contest Information

Are you someone who loves to create?

Allegheny county teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original creations and works of art in the annual Labsy Awards teen media contest.

Teens may submit up to two entries.

All entries must be submitted by 9:00 am on Monday, June 26, 2023.

Prizes will be awarded in each category.

  • 1st Prize: $250
  • 2nd Prize: $100


    • 2D Art & Design (paintings, drawings, prints, etc.)
      *Submissions from this category may also be chosen as cover art for the 2024 Ralph Munn anthology, an annual publication of entries from the Ralph Munn teen creative writing contest
    • 3D Art & Design (clay, 3D prints, models, etc.)
    • Short Film (an original short film no more than 10 minutes in length)
    • Fashion (hand-made, modified, or up-cycled apparel and accessories)
    • Music (original composition)
    • Photography (original photo)

Contest Rules

  • Contest is open to all Middle and High School students (grades 6 – 12) in Allegheny County
  • No more than two (2) entries per individual will be accepted. These two (2) submissions can be in any combination of categories
  • All submissions must be original work
  • Submissions that do not conform to contest descriptions will not be considered
  • All entries must be submitted by 9:00 AM on Monday, June 26, 2023.

Category Descriptions

2D Art & Design
Submit photographs, scans, or image files of your 2D original artwork created digitally or using studio art materials such as paint, charcoal, or ink.

3D Art & Design
Submit photographs of your 3D original artwork created digitally, like a 3D printed object, or using studio art materials such as clay or papier mache.

Short Film
Submit an original film no more than 10 minutes. Film can be in any genre (scripted, documentary, music, video, etc.).

Submit photos or patterns for handmade, craftily modified, or up-cycled apparel and accessories.

Submit an original song. Composition can be in any genre.

Submit an original photography. Photos can be of any subject, in any style, taken with any type of camera.

See your local library’s Teen Specialist for assistance submitting or digitizing your print artwork.

For questions or help getting started visit any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location or write to

IMAGE: Detail from “Headfull of Weeds” by Alex Riccobon, the 2022 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Anthology cover art award winner.
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