Submit an original poem inspired by the Cornell Art Museum’s “WILD” Exhibit at Old School Square. Write a poem of up to 30 lines inspired by one of ten paintings. Deadline to submit is April 17, 2016. First Prize: $100, Second, Third, Fourth Prizes: 4 awards of $25 each, 5 Honorable Mentions. Entries that win cash prizes and honorable mention will be published online and announced in press releases.
To submit use our Submittable link. Visit the “WILD” Exhibit at the Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, Florida and be inspired by the selected award-winning plein air art, or visit the paintings on this page.
WILD EKPHRASTIC POETRY CONTEST GUIDELINES
Write and submit one ekphrastic poem inspired by the award-winning paintings at the WILD Exhibit at the Cornell Museum, no longer than 30 lines. This poem should be your own original work. Poems must be previously unpublished.
Prizes and Publication
First Prize: $100, Second, Third, Fourth Prizes: 4 awards of $25 each, 5 Honorable Mentions. Top 10 entries published online.
Entries that win cash prizes and honorable mention will be published on the Palm Beach Poetry Festival Website and announced in press releases. Visit the “WILD” Exhibit at the Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, Florida and be inspired by the selected award-winning plein air art. Write and submit a poem. If you cannot visit the Exhibit, see an album of the Ten Inspiring Painting Selections by Plein Air Palm Beach Artists on Facebook, or in the images on this page.
The Contest judge is Stephen Gibson, author of five poetry collections: Rorschach Art Too (2014 Donald Justice Prize, West Chester University), Paradise (Miller Williams Prize finalist, University of Arkansas Press, 2011), Frescoes (Lost Horse Press book prize, 2009), Masaccio’s Expulsion (MARGIE/Intuit House book prize, 2006), and Rorschach Art (Red Hen, 2001). His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. His latest collection “The Garden of Earthly Delights, A Scrambled Abecedarian.” He is professor emeritus, Palm Beach State College, and lives in West Palm Beach.
Entry Fee: No fee. Submit one poem only, please.
Ekphrastic Poems may include literal descriptions of a work of art, the poet´s mood in response to a work of art, metaphorical associations inspired by a work of art, or personal memories about a work of art. The poetic tradition of taking inspiration from works of art is “ekphrasis” from the Greek.
The term “plein air” refers to or relates to painting in outdoor daylight.
No Country Restriction; English Language
Poets of all nations may enter. However, the work you submit should be in English. If you have written a work in another language, you may submit an English translation.
No Age Restriction
Poets of any age may enter.
Your privacy is assured. We will not rent your information to third parties. Your submission will result in joining our e-mailing list for the contest. We will communicate with you by email.
You retain the copyright to your submission. If your entry wins any cash prize, you agree to give Palm Beach Poetry Festival a nonexclusive license to publish your work online and in electronic media such as our newsletters. This includes possible publication in one or more ebooks, or a limited edition chapbook. We may ask you for a photograph or to attend a photo session for the contest winners.
If you have questions, you may email the contest administrator at email@example.com.
The Cornell Art Museum is located on the Old School Square campus at 51 North Swinton, just south of the Crest Theatre building. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-4:30 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. For information on all Old School Square programs and services, call 561-243-7922 or visit OldSchoolSquare.org.