The 2018 Docket Arts & Literature Contest

It’s that time of year again – Get ready to ignite your creative spark! The 2018 Docket Arts & Literature Contest is accepting submissions from April 15 until midnight on June 30. The contest includes both writing and visual categories, as well as multiple age divisions, as described in further detail below.

Writing Category Guidelines: Submissions in writing categories should not exceed 1,500 words.

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

Visual Category Guidelines: Digital file submissions are preferred.  Please describe the scale of the work and include several photos when necessary. For photography submissions, please explain how the shot was obtained, as well as any post-production (such as Photoshop). Images of submissions should be high-resolution quality. Painting can incorporate watercolors and oil/acrylic/mixed media.

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Art

In all categories, the subject matter is open to the artist’s choice — no legal content is required!

All DBA members are eligible, except for members of the Docket Committee and their families. Members’ immediate families are also invited to enter.

Artists may enter up to 5 previously unpublished works in multiple categories.

To submit:

  1. Online
  2. Email: Send this form and a photo of your art, or copy of the writing entry to Clair Smith at Please include the artist’s name and category in the subject line.
  3. Mail: Send this form and a photo of your art, or copy of the writing entry to The Denver Bar Association, Attn: Clair Smith, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203.

Winners will be featured in the October/November issue of the Docket, and honored at a reception in October.