The book of winners in the 2018 North Texas Business Council for the Arts “On My Own Time” Literary contest is now available online.

Please take a moment to enjoy the works presented.

What is this all about?

“On My Own Time (OMOT), a trademarked program organized and produced by Business Council for the Arts, is a regional art competition that showcases the talent and creativity of North Texas business professionals. Since the program’s inception in 1993, OMOT has promoted the work of thousands of creative employees from companies across North Texas.

Through OMOT companies publicly recognize and encourage the creativity of their employees while engaging staff across departments and through hierarchies. By sparking conversation and engaging their workforce in a shared collaboration, participating companies express their values in a tangible way.

OMOT includes two components, one for visual artists and another for writers.

Each year, area businesses submit literary works created outside of working hours by their employees. Expert jurors from the literary community select the winning pieces in the following categories: Corporate Collaboration, 10-Word Story, Fictional Shorty Story, Creative Non-Fiction, and Open Verse Poetry. Winning entries are published within the BCA program, and those authors are invited to read their works aloud at Literary Night.

This year Business Council for the Arts received a record number of literary entries. Outstanding congratulations is due to all of the winners. Recognition and thanks is also owed to each ambassador for his or her dedication to organizing and managing their OMOT program internally within their company. Lastly, we offer deep gratitude to our jurors, Michael Clay, James Dolan, Sanderia Faye, Blake Kimzey, Amy Schaffner, and David Eric Tomlinson, who without their volunteered time the program would not be possible.”