2023 NATIONAL POETRY MONTH EKPHRASTIC POETRY CONTEST

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 Armorial Hanging, 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 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. Many of these poems explore hidden meanings or an underlying story.
 

Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Guidelines- Submissions are OPEN NOW!
Submit a poem written in response to Armorial Hanging from our collection. If you win, your poem will be shared in April to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Deadline for Submissions: March 10, 2023


What to Submit: Submit up to two (2) poems (each no more than 15 lines including spaces, plus title) written in response to the posted images. Poets should not simply describe the image they see; they should also share how the image affects them (puzzling, touching, frightening, enlightening, etc.).

How To Submit: In an email to EkphrasticPoetryContest1@gmail.com include:
- your name, and for Youth poets, your age
- city/state
- phone and email
- and attach one poem per email in a Microsoft Word doc or pdf. No name / identifying info should be on the poem. Each poem must be sent in a separate email; the email subject line should read: Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Submission (indicate Adult or Youth) – (Title of Artwork).


The Judging: Up to 3 winning poems per artwork will be selected by the judges and shared throughout April, National Poetry Month. Only winners will be notified by email no later than March 23, 2023. Only Adult & Youth Poets from San Antonio & South Texas are eligible.

2023 ADDITIONAL PARTICIPATING MUSEUM-SELECTED ARTWORKS: 
The Briscoe Western Art Museum: Jerry Jordan, LISTEN TO THE DRUMS, 2013, Oil on Canvas.

The McNay Art Museum: vanessa german, BLACK GIRL WITH SNAKES, 2020, Assemblage.

San Antonio Museum of Art: ARMORIAL HANGING, ca. 1771, Viceroyalty of New Spain period. 

The Witte Museum: JOVITA IDAR LITTLE PANTRY CABINET.

ARTWORKS & GUIDELINES CAN ALSO BE VIEWED HERE:
Arts Alive San Antonio
Bihl Haus Arts
Gemini Ink
San Antonio Public Library