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Mar 20, 9:00 AM–7:00 PM

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Add to Calendar 3/20/2021 9:00 AM 3/20/2021 7:00 PM America/Chicago Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Guidelines

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 Mama Ocllo, First Coya from our collection. If you win, your poem will be shared in April to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Need more inspiration? Check out the other institutions' artworks.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum: Once Upon a Time, Mark Maggiori
The McNay Art Museum: Sarah #9 , Heidi McFall
The Witte Museum: Apache Pitch Lined Basket

Deadline for Submissions: Midnight, March 20, 2021.

What to Submit: Submit up to two (2) poems (each no more than 15 lines 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 lindsim1@gmail.com include:
- your name
- address
- phone and email
- and attach one poem per email in a Microsoft Word doc. 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 – (Title of Artwork).

The Judging: Up to 3 winning poems per artwork will be selected by the judges (Jim LaVilla-Havelin, National Poetry Month Coordinator; Octavio Quintanilla, 2018-2020 San Antonio Poet Laureate; and Linda Simone; poet, artist, educator) and shared throughout April, National Poetry Month. Winners will be notified by email no later than March 25, 2021.

San Antonio Museum of Art

Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Guidelines

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 Mama Ocllo, First Coya from our collection. If you win, your poem will be shared in April to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Need more inspiration? Check out the other institutions' artworks.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum: Once Upon a Time, Mark Maggiori
The McNay Art Museum: Sarah #9 , Heidi McFall
The Witte Museum: Apache Pitch Lined Basket

Deadline for Submissions: Midnight, March 20, 2021.

What to Submit: Submit up to two (2) poems (each no more than 15 lines 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 lindsim1@gmail.com include:
- your name
- address
- phone and email
- and attach one poem per email in a Microsoft Word doc. 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 – (Title of Artwork).

The Judging: Up to 3 winning poems per artwork will be selected by the judges (Jim LaVilla-Havelin, National Poetry Month Coordinator; Octavio Quintanilla, 2018-2020 San Antonio Poet Laureate; and Linda Simone; poet, artist, educator) and shared throughout April, National Poetry Month. Winners will be notified by email no later than March 25, 2021.

Mama Ocllo, First Coya, Unknown Artist, Peruvian, early 19th century, oil on canvas, painting: 19 1/4 × 15 1/2 in. (48.9 × 39.4 cm); frame: 22 3/4 × 19 × 3/4 in. (57.8 × 48.3 × 1.9 cm), Purchased with funds provided by Betty and Bob Kelso, 2003.10.2.

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