Competitions

National Career Awards Competition

The hallmark of NSAL is its National Career Awards Competition, which is held each year. Participants in the National Awards Competition compete at the local chapter level for a series of monetary awards. First-place winners of the local chapter competitions are sent at the chapter’s expense to the National Competition which is held each spring during the Society’s annual meeting.

Winston Scholarship Program

A second important activity of NSAL is the annual Winston Scholarship Program for visual artists and classical vocalists. Each year, scholarships totaling $18,000 – $20,000 are awarded to artists in these fields who are sixteen to twenty-two years of age. Supported by a generous endowment from Shirley Rabb Winston, these scholarships are used for special study in the recipient’s field. In most years as many as eight to ten scholarships are awarded in varying amounts.

NSAL Young Writers’ Fund


In 2014, NSAL partnered with the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio to sponsor one high school student each year to attend a two-week summer session at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio in Iowa City, Iowa, home of the University of Iowa. For more information about the Iowa Young Artists’ Studio program, click here.

NSAL Scholarship to CalArts


In 1987, the National Society of Arts and Letters established the NSAL Scholarship Fund to support students attending the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California. As of 2014, NSAL has given $142,000 in scholarships to 42 students through that program.

Upcoming Competitions


2015

Drama
Chapter competitions will take place in early spring of 2015 (individual dates to be announced). The National Competition will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri on Friday, May 29, and the master class and awards banquet will be on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Visual Art
Winston Art Scholarships

Classical Voice
Winston Voice Scholarships

Writers
Iowa Young Writers’ Studio

2016

Musical Theater
The National Competition will be held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Visual Art
Winston Art Scholarships

Classical Voice
Winston Voice Scholarships

Writers
Iowa Young Writers’ Studio

2017

Contemporary Ballet
Location to be determined.

Visual Art
Winston Art Scholarships

Classical Voice
Winston Voice Scholarships

Writers
Iowa Young Writers’ Studio

2018

Instrumental Music
The National Competition will be held in Chautauqua, New York.

Visual Art
Winston Art Scholarships

Classical Voice
Winston Voice Scholarships

Writers
Iowa Young Writers’ Studio

2019

Drama
The National Competition will be held in Washington, D.C.

Visual Art
Winston Art Scholarships

Classical Voice
Winston Voice Scholarships

Writers
Iowa Young Writers’ Studio