PBPF-WILD-MONT1The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites you to submit a poem to the WILD EKPHRASTIC POETRY CONTEST, inspired by the Cornell Art Museum’s “WILD” Exhibit at Old School Square.

The WILD Ekphrastic Poetry Contest seeks original poems of up to 30 lines inspired by one of ten selections from the “WILD” Exhibit, which runs through April 17, 2016 at the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach.

The contest runs through April 17, 2016. Results will be announced in April, 2016, after the deadline.

To submit use this link to our Submittable site: https://palmbeachpoetryfestival.submittable.com/submit/51801.

palm-compositeVisit 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 image here:

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

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 Poems must be previously unpublished.

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.

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.

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.

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 wild@palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.