2023 Gateway to British Art Prize Application

Are you a Gateway Community College student enrolled in a humanities course? Do you have a passion for writing? Do you want to learn more about British art? Do you want to win a cash prize?

If you have answered YES to these questions, you should apply to the Gateway to British Art Prize

  • Pick an object from the In a New Light: Paintings from the Yale Center for British Art exhibition. See a list of works included in the exhibition on our collections site.
  • Write a nonfiction 600-word essay about the artwork. We are not looking for a term paper. We want your insights and ideas. What do you see? What do you think this artwork is about?
  • Submit your essay and win! We cannot promise you will win, but it is worth a shot.

What if you do not know anything about British art? The YCBAs staff are available to help along the way. Watch our video about using the museum's Reference Library!

A panel of independent judges will evaluate submissions. Winners will be selected for a $500 first prize, a $200 second prize, and two $100 runner-up prizes. The winners in all categories will be celebrated in an award ceremony at the Yale University Art Gallery. They will have a chance to be featured on the YCBA's website and social media!


Contest dates: September 1, 2023 – November 10, 2023

Essays due: Friday, November 10, 2023, 11:59 pm ET

Winners Announced: Friday, November 17, 2023

Awards Ceremony at the Yale University Art Gallery: Tuesday, November 28, 5-6:30 pm

Please read our Terms and Conditions before submitting your work.

*To apply, You must be enrolled in at least one humanities class for the current semester. Previous winners are not eligible for entry.