Are you someone who loves to create?
The 2019 application period was Monday, March 11 – Sunday, June 16.
We are no longer accepting submissions for 2019.
Allegheny county teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original creations, inventions, and works of art in the annual Labsy Awards teen media contest. Submissions don’t need to be created in the Library, but teens are encouraged to create in The Labs at one of our weekly library locations: CLP – Allegheny, CLP – Beechview, CLP – East Liberty, CLP – Hazelwood, CLP – Hill District, CLP – Knoxville, CLP – Main (Oakland) and CLP – Squirrel Hill, or their local Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location.
Teens may submit up to two entries.
All teens submitting work, in any category, will be invited to attend the Teen Media Awards, a special event celebrating the creative work of local teens on August 10. All submitters will be notified prior to the Awards ceremony whether or not they have won an award.
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 2019 Ralph Munn anthology, an annual publication of entries from the Ralph Munn teen creative writing contest
- 3D Art & Design (clay, 3D prints, models, etc.)
- Filmmaking (original film)
- Fashion (hand-made, modified, or up-cycled apparel and accessories)
- Invention (a robot, video game, board game, web app, or other original invention)
- Music (original composition)
- Photography (original photo)
- 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 11:50 PM on Sunday, June 16, 2019.
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. Judges in this category will be members of the arts community and will evaluate submissions using industry standards.
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. Judges in this category will be members of the arts community and will evaluate submissions using industry standards.
Submit an original film of any length. Film can be in any genre (scripted, documentary, music, video, etc.). Judges in this category will be members of the local filmmaking community and will evaluate submissions using industry standards.
Submit photos or patterns for handmade, craftily modifiied, or up-cycled apparel and accessories. Judges in this category will be local artists and fashion experts who will evaluate submissions using industry standards.
Submit an original invention. This could include a robot, video game, card game, website, app ,or other digital widget or real-life gadget.
Submit an original song. Composition can be in any genre. Judges in this category will be members of the local music community and will evaluate submissions using industry standards.
Submit an original photography. Photos can be of any subject, in any style, taken with any type of camera. Judges in this category will be members of the local photography community and will evaluate submissions using industry standards.
See your local library’s Teen Specialist for assistance submitting or digitizing your print artwork.
For questions, Labs workshops, or help getting started visit any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMAGE: Detail from “We’ve All Been Here,” by Nahla Quazi, 2019 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Anthology cover art award winner.