2022 National Poetry Month Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

February 23, 2022 – March 23, 2022

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Willie Cole, The Sole Sitter, 2013. Bronze. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts. © Willie Cole

2022 National Poetry Month Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

February 23, 2022 – March 23, 2022

Online

Poetry month is just around the corner! We partnered with local poets and other art institutions to invite you to draw inspiration from artworks. Submit a poem written in response to The Sole Sitter by Willie Cole from our collection. If you win, your poem will be shared in April to celebrate National Poetry Month.

What Is an Ekphrastic Poem? An ekphrastic poem is one based on a piece of art. These poems take an existing piece of visual art, and use written words to describe and expand on the theme of that work of art. Often these poems explore hidden meanings or an underlying story.

What to Submit: Submit up to two (2) poems (each no more than 15 lines plus title) written in response to the art image.

Deadlines
Adults: March 23
Youth: March 18

How to Submit: Attach one poem per email in a PDF or Microsoft Word doc or docx to lindsim1@gmail.com. Subject line should read: Ekphrastic Poetry YOUTH Contest Submission – (Title of the Artwork) or Ekphrastic Poetry ADULT Contest Submission – (Title of the Artwork). In the email body: your name, age (if entering youth contest), city & state, phone and email. Please do not put your name or any identifying info on the poem. Each poem must be sent in a separate email.

Where to Find Contest Submission Guidelines:
You can read the contest guidelines including submission information at any of these links:
Arts Alive San Antonio: https://artsalive.com/
Bihl Haus Arts: https://bihlhausearts.org/
Gemini Ink: https://geminiink.org/
San Antonio Public Library: https://guides.mysapl.org/poetry/ekphrastic

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