Artlyst Art to Poetry Youth Competition

This challenge is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted, and a huge congratulations to the winners and the poets on the longlist, whose names and poem titles are below. You can read the winning poems in the sidebar of this page, and find the winners of the adult competition here.
1st prize: Elsie Hayward, ‘Cartoon’
2nd prize: Anne Kwok, ‘Bride of a Beast’
3rd prize: Emma Miao, ‘the lake is enough to blind you’
Annie Davison, ‘Body in Exile’
Charlotte Hughes, ‘Pink Dress Pastoral’
Esther Kim, ‘hangul abecedarian’
Jewel Cao, ‘Shibboleth’
Anna Westwig, ‘Acquainting an Orange’
Rachel Brooks, ‘Ophelia’ and ‘Still Life with Fish’
Lok Yin Choi, ‘Corpses and Carcinogens’
Divya Mehrish, ‘Girl’
Elle Park, ‘A Neon Aspiration’
Tabitha Pearson, ‘Inside My Head’
Hilary Tang, ‘Death, Aged 63’
Clare Zhang, ‘Uncolored’

Artlyst, in association with The Poetry Society, has launched a new international youth award for poetry based on works of art.  The competition is open to poets aged 11-17 to write an ekphrastic poem, that is a poem that responds in some way to a work of art, which could be in the form of a painting, sculpture installation, video, or fine art photograph.  Full details of the competition with some prompts to help generate poems can be found here. The competition is free to enter and closes on Monday 2 March 2020 at 11.59pm.  There is also an accompanying adult competition for poets aged 18 or over which you can read about here.

Selected poets will be published on Young Poets Network and Artlyst, and sent an exclusive Young Poets Network notebook, poetry books and an Artlyst tote bag. The first, second and third prize winners will also receive £100, £50 and £25 in book tokens respectively. A selection of commended poets will also receive £10 book tokens.

This competition will be judged by a panel including Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) and The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network.  Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) is an English sculptor and philanthropist. She is married to Sir Jack Petchey, founder of the Jack Petchey Foundation, which works with young people across London and Essex.  The awards are sponsored by Artlyst and Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey).

How to enter

Poems for the Artlyst Art to Poetry youth competition should be submitted in the body of an email sent to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Art to Poetry challenge’, along with name, date of birth/age, gender, the county (or, if you’re not from the UK, the country) you live in, and how you found out about the competition (e.g. e-bulletin/Twitter/Instagram/through a teacher/through a friend etc.).  This data is used for statistical purposes only.  Anonymised statistics will be shared with our partner Artlyst.  The competition is free to enter and the deadline is Monday 2 March 2020 at 11.59pm.

Your poem must not exceed 40 lines (the line count excludes title, epigraph and the spaces between stanzas). Please include the name, artist and medium (i.e. sculpture/painting/photograph etc.) of the artwork(s) your poem(s) respond(s) to in your entry. You can also include the date the artwork was created, and any other details about it, if you think it will help the judges to identify the art. Poets who are shortlisted may be invited to send in their image before the final judging.

Note: If you are aged 11-12 on Monday 2 March 2020, you will need to ask a parent/guardian to complete this permission form; otherwise, unfortunately we cannot consider your entry due to data protection laws.