Artlyst Art to Poetry Award

Artlyst, in association with The Poetry Society, have launched an international award for poetry based on works of art. The award was open for entries in the winter and spring of 2020, and is now closed for entries. The winning poems in the adult competition and in the corresponding Young Poets Network challenge for 11-17 year olds were announced at a Zoom awards ceremony on 30 July 2020. Read the winning poems here.

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.

Read the full rules here

The competition is now closed for entries.