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The Accenti Writing Contest was launched in 2005, inviting submissions for original and unpublished prose texts (short stories, nonfiction, creative nonfiction), and offering a top prize of $1000 and publication. Second ($250) and third ($100) place winners and some honorary mentions have also been published. In 2018, the contest prize structure was modified to offer a $1000 top prize and three runner-up prizes of $100.

In 2007 Accenti launched the “Capture an Italian Moment” Photo Contest, originally offering a $1000 top prize and publication. As of 2018, like the writing contest, the photo contest offers a $1000 top prize and three runner-up prizes of $100.

These two very popular initiatives together generate hundreds of entries each year, attracting many established professionals as well as emerging artists whose exposure through Accenti has helped them build on their artistic profile.

Since their inception, the Accenti contests have awarded over $25,000 in prizes to worthy writers and photographers.

The Accenti contests were suspended in 2015, but were resumed in 2018.