Artlyst Art to Poetry Competition

Artlyst Art To Poetry Award In Association With The Poetry Society. Closing Date 2 March. Award Giving Ceremony Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Mayfair May 2020

Artlyst in association with The Poetry Society are pleased to launch a new international award for poetry based on works of art. Entries close on 2 March at midnight.

From ancient times poets have been inspired by art. Ekphrastic poetry has given us some of the most celebrated poems in the English language from Keats’ ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, to W.H. Auden’s ‘Musée des Beaux-Arts’, based on Brueghel’s famous painting of Icarus falling from the sky.

The Artlyst Art to Poetry Award celebrating ekphrastic poetry is open to all poets worldwide aged 18 or over. Entrants may submit as many poems as they wish so long as they are based on an artwork. This can be in the form of a painting, sculpture installation, video, or fine art photograph.

The award will also have a young person’s category, open to ages 11-17, which is free to enter.

The competition’s judging panel will include poet, novelist, and art critic Sue Hubbard, judges from Artlyst and The Poetry Society and Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey). There are awards of £1,000, £300 and three runners-up prizes of £50. The special young peoples’ prizes will include book tokens and other goodies. All winners will be invited to the awards ceremony at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Mayfair London.

A limited-edition anthology will be published with a cover designed by Irish/American artist Sean Scully containing the bestm poems selected by the judges.

The award has been generously supported by Artlyst, artist Sean Scully, Royal sculptor / philanthropist Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey), and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

The competition deadline is 11:59 pm on 2 March 2020. All entries must be made online via The Poetry Society’s submission portal.

More information is available on the Artlyst and The Poetry Society websites.

Veronica Loop
Veronica Loop
Veronica Loop is the managing director of MCM. She is passionate about art, culture and entertainment.
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