Listed below are Frequently Asked Questions for the “EXPRESS YOURSELF!” online contests. Please review the contest guidelines to assure you’re a meeting the proper requirements for your contests entry post on the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival Facebook page. If you have a specific question not listed below please send us a message at via the messenger section.


Q. How do I win a contest?

A. Get the most likes for your contest entry post on Facebook! Make sure to share your post with friends to increase your likes!

Q. How are contest winners awarded?

A. Winners will be awarded a $25 dollar gift card to a major retailer. Winners will be contacted via Facebook messenger upon conclusion of the contest.


Q. Can I enter multiple contests?

A. You can enter as many of the contests as you would like! However, you are only able to win one contest. This is enforced to create fairness and allow other teen artists, writers and performers’ equal exposure and the opportunity to win contests as well.

Q. Are there any eligibility requirements to enter the “EXPRESS YOURSELF” online contests?

A. Yes, but the only requirements are that all contestants must be a current New Jersey resident and be 13-19 years of age.

Q. When will contest winners be announced?
A. Winners for each contest will be announced after the deadline has passed and all contest entry posts’ likes have been audited. Once all posts’ likes have been audited the winner will be contacted via the Facebook account associated with the entry post. Once the winner responds and accepts the terms of the award they will be announced on all of our social media channels.

Q. Where do I enter my writing, performance or artwork for the “EXPRESS YOURSELF!” online contests?

A. The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival Facebook page:

Q, What if I do not have a Facebook account/profile?
A. If you do not have a Facebook account/profile we suggest you sign up for one! If that is not possible we suggest you have a friend, parent or family member with a Facebook account/profile post your contest entry to Facebook on your behalf.
Q. Do I need to include a caption with my contest entry post?
A. Yes! Please refer to the “EXPRESS YOURSELF!” submission guidelines for the detailed explanation of what to include in your caption.

Q. Why do you need to know my name, age, the school I go to and the county I live in?

A. It is the mission of the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival to raise awareness of the Teen Artists in New Jersey and to connect all 21 counties in the state. By listing your Name, School and County we can make sure your local officials are aware of the positive affect the arts are having on your artistic development! Listing your age tells us you are 13-19 years old which is entry requirement.

Q. What are the required contest hashtags to include in my contest entry post?

A. Refer to the contest submission guidelines.

Q. I am entering a writing category with a 1 page limit, how do I know that it’s 1 page if it’s posted on Facebook?

A. Please save your 1 page document as a JPG File, and post to it as a photo.

Q. What does digital altering mean and why can’t I use it in my drawing, painting, and sculpture or photography contest entry?

A. Digital altering is defined as applying any type of manipulation to your artwork that you would not have been able to create without the use of the computer, i.e. Photoshop or any other programs that can alter a drawing, painting, 3D sculpture or photograph after the artist has already completed the work by hand or in camera. It is prohibited because digital altering takes away from the challenge and diminishes the efforts associated with the traditional techniques of the above listed art forms.

Q. Will I be notified when my entry has been posted to the NJ Teen Arts Facebook Page?

A. Due to the number of entries it will not be possible to notify each student of their entry being posted. Please check back frequently to see if you entry has been posted so you can

Still have questions? Please send us a message on Facebook and we will get you an answer!