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Write on Art is an annual national writing competition sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre to encourage an interest in art history among young people.

The prize is open to all UK students aged 15–18.

The 2019–2020 Write on Art prize is now closed. Please keep an eye on our website and follow #WriteOnArt on social media for updates on the 2020–2021 prize.

What is Write on Art?

Write on Art is an annual prize for young art writers aged 15–18, sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

To enter Write on Art, all you have to do is pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it.

What does it say to you? What’s the history behind it? How does it make you feel? This is your opportunity to write about the things you care about. 

Write on Art is free to enter. Entries are divided into two groups, based on year of study.

​What could I win?

The winners will win a cash prize and have their essays featured on the Art UK and Paul Mellon Centre websites.

  • 1st place – £500
  • 2nd place – £200
  • Three runners up – £100 each