Rules to the Contest

The A Mother Here contest is open to all artists and poets. There is no restriction on age or location. All works must be appropriate for public display. Appropriate means that the entry is not obscene, pornographic, or otherwise offensive.

All entries must clearly have Heavenly Mother as their theme, and they should try to express the nearness of our Heavenly Mother during earth life. This means that general portrayals of motherhood, childrearing, or womanhood do not qualify.

Each contestant is limited to 5 entries, regardless of the category. Each contestant can only win 1 award in each category.

Art entries should be sent in a high resolution (300 dpi) JPG format, but file sizes should not exceed 15 MB. Only 2-dimensional art submissions will be accepted. Thus, we will not accept sculptures, ceramics, and other 3-dimensional submissions.

Poetry entries should be in English, not exceed 800 words, and be sent in a PDF (preferred), DOCX, DOC, or RTF format. Names or other identifying information must not be on the poems. Any form of poetry is acceptable.

To be considered in the contest, all entries must be sent to by March 4, 2014.

All e-mail submissions must include within the body of the e-mail:

  • Full name of the artist
  • Phone number of the artist
  • The title of the entry/entries
  • A short description of the entry/entries (150 words max, per entry)
  • A statement assuring that the work is original and not previously been published


There will be 6 winning visual arts pieces and 6 winning poems. Each category includes the following awards: first place ($500), second place ($300), third place ($150), and 3 honorable mentions ($50 each). We may create People's Choice awards for the poetry and visual arts entries following the announcement of the other awards.

Judging of the pieces to determine winners proceeds as follows: Entries are first screened to make sure they follow the rules and formatting guidelines. Then, an initial round of judging is conducted by a panel. After that, the entries are passed on to our prestigious judges (Susan Elizabeth Howe and Herman Du Toit), who will choose the award winners and which pieces will be shown in the online gallery. Learn more about the contest's judges.

The award-winning pieces will be announced to the public on May 11, 2014, Mother's Day. They and other noteworthy pieces will be featured in our online gallery. In addition, these pieces will be collected in a limited run of 500 booklets about the contest and artistic portrayals of Heavenly Mother in the past. Besides for these purposes, the artists and poets will retain full copyright privileges for their works.