Poem submissions are now closed. Winners will be announced in April.

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites you to submit an original poem inspired by the TECH EFFECT Exhibition at Old School Square’s Cornell Art Museum!

Five cash prizes and five honorable mentions will be selected by contest judge, Stephen Gibson. First Prize: $100.00; Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth Prizes: 4 awards of $25.00 each; Five Honorable Mentions. Entries that win cash prizes and honorable mention will be published online and announced in press releases.

The works in the Tech Effect explore the complex influences of technology on the human experience and the natural world. The show features artists whose work deals with technology in some way. Museum visitors will be fascinated by augmented reality works, interactive touch screen works, the prevalence of social media in contemporary art, artwork that utilizes code, and countless ways that technology is integrated into contemporary art. The selections in our contest offer poets the opportunity to take inspiration from eight works selected from the exhibition.

Poems should take inspiration from one of the designated images from the TECH EFFECT exhibition shown below.* The works themselves are on display at the Cornell Museum at Old School Square until February 17, 2019. We encourage you to visit the museum to see the exhibition in person. Many of the works allow for a hands on experience and visitors will be able to touch and interact with the artwork. (Click on each image to see a larger high-res version.)  Poets may submit using Submittable.

“Backup” by Ellen deMeijer
“Emotion #2” by Walter Brown
“Fractal” by William Montgomery
“Galloping Towards The Dream” by Camomile Hixon
“Graine” by Alain Le Boucher
“No More Dialectics #4” by Daniel Fiorda
“Mona Lisa” by Antoine Geiger
“Skull” by Brian Dettmer

Ekphrastic Poems come from the poetic tradition of taking inspiration from objects and works of art known as “ekphrasis” from the Greek. These 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 Contest Judge is Stephen Gibson, author of seven poetry collections, most recently, Self-Portrait in a Door-Length Mirror, winner of the 2017 Miller Williams Prize (Univ. of Arkansas Press), selected by Billy Collins. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such journals as American Arts Quarterly, Gargoyle, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, The Paris Review, Pleiades, Poetry, River Styx, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and The Yale Review among others. He taught for thirty-two years at the Belle Glade campus of Palm Beach State College.

To submit use this link to our Submittable site.

Poems must be no longer than 30 lines and inspired by one of the designated works that are part of the Tech Effect exhibit.

Contest Opens: October 22, 2018

Deadline: February 28, 2019

What to Do: Visit the TECH EFFECT exhibit at the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, Florida to be inspired in person, or choose one of the images on this page to inspire your 30 line poem!

Length Limit: Up to 30 lines

Submit to: Submittable: Palm Beach Poetry Festival Tech Effect Ekphrastic Contest

Entry Fee: No fee. Submit one poem only, please.


  • First Prize: $100
  • Second, Third, Fourth Prizes: 4 awards of $25 each
  • 5 Honorable Mentions
  • Top 10 entries will be published online

Results Announced: April 2019

Cornell Art Museum TECH EFFECT exhibit is open to the public, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday, 1pm – 5pm.

$8 (general); $5 (seniors 65+ and students with ID); free for children under 12, Old School Square members and Veterans; free for Florida residents on Sundays.

*This competition would not be possible without the collaboration of Old School Square and The Cornell Art Museum.  Images courtesy of the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square.