Artlyst, in association with The Poetry Society, are launching a new international award for poetry based on works of art. Entries may be made via The Poetry Society’s Submittable by 2 March 2020. Young poets aged 11-17 can enter the Young Poets Network challenge for free. The awards are made possible by Artlyst and Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) in association with The Poetry Society.
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. In each case, what has been created is not a mere description but a fresh insight, a new world, an autonomous work of art.
The Artlyst Art to Poetry Award celebrates ekphrastic poetry, and 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 competition’s judging panel will include poet, novelist, and art critic Sue Hubbard, and judges from Artlyst and The Poetry Society. There are awards of £1,000, £300 and three runners-up prizes of £50.
The competition opens on 20 December 2019 and closes on 11.59PM 2 March 2020.