New award launched for poems based on artworks

Artlyst, in association with The Poetry Society, is launching a new international award for poetry based on works of art, the Artlyst Art to Poetry Award.

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 includes poet, novelist, and art critic Sue Hubbard, and judges from Artlyst and The Poetry Society. 

Entries are now open, with a top prize of £1,000.  The competition closes on 2 March 2020.

Find out more and enter here

The Artlyst Art to Poetry Award is complemented by a Young Poets Network Art to Poetry Challenge for 11-17 year olds, which is free to enter – find out more here

Images courtesy of Artlyst.

20 December 2019