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Due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 and the impact on schools, we will be extending the deadline for the 2019–20 Write on Art prize to 31st July 2020.

We will confirm the date of the prizegiving ceremony in due course. Please keep an eye on our website and follow #WriteOnArt on social media for the latest updates.


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.

To enter Write on Art, all students have to do is pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it – it is an opportunity to write about the things they care about.

Write on Art is free to enter and there are two categories – Years 10/11 and Years 12/13. The winners will win a cash prize and have their essays featured online.

The 2018/19 judges are art critic and writer Hettie Judah, historian and art critic Sir Simon Schama, author Karen Gregory and Simon Groom, Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

To find out more about this year's prize and how to enter, visit