Ekphrastic Poetry Contest for National Poetry Month 2021

Mark Maggiori
Once Upon a Time, 2020
Oil on canvas
46 1/2″x44 38″
Gift of the artist


Welcome, poets from San Antonio and South Texas! You are invited to view artwork images from four participating San Antonio arts institutions as inspiration for poems written in response to the images.

Deadline for Submissions: Midnight, March 20, 2021. There is no entry fee.

Where the Artworks Live: Thanks to these art institutions for sharing artwork from their collections for purposes of this contest. Their images and the contest guidelines can be found on the following links:

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, Once Upon a Time, Mark Maggiori, https://www.briscoemuseum.org/?page_id=8979

The McNay Art Museum, Sarah #9 , Heidi McFall, https://collection.mcnayart.org/objects/19036

San Antonio Museum of Art: Mama Ocllo, First Coya (unknown artist) https://sanantonio.emuseum.com/objects/7814/mama-ocllo-first-coya?ctx=1855b9cb-3df8-43b2-a632-425af12dbdde&idx=0

The Witte Museum, Apache Pitch Lined Basket, https://www.wittemuseum.org/national-poetry-month-contest/

Where Artworks Can Also Be Viewed: Images and contest guidelines will also be posted on these sites:

Arts Alive San Antonio: https://artsalivesa.com/

Bihl Haus Arts: https://bihlhausarts.org/

Gemini Ink: https://geminiink.org/

San Antonio Public Library: https://www.mysapl.org/

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.