The Palm Beach Poetry Festival announces “Plein Air Poetry Contest”. The Rickie Report applauds the concept and shares the details here. This is a Call for Original poems of up to 30 lines, inspired by the “En Plein Air” Exhibit at the Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach Center for the Arts. Use the selected paintings for your inspiration and submit by March 8th. There are cash prizes, Honorable Mentions and the opportunity to have your poem published! No entry fee! All ages!
PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL
Launches Plein Air Poetry Contest Inspired by
‘En Plein Air’ Exhibit at Cornell Museum of Art
Deadline for Poetic Entries is March 8, 2015
Susan R. Williamson, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, announces a Plein Air Poetry Contest. To enter, local writers are encouraged to submit up to 30 lines of original poetry inspired by the eight designated works from the “En Plein Air” exhibit now running at the Cornell Museum at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.
Plein Air refers to the art of painting in outdoor daylight. The “En Plein Air” exhibit features paintings of Delray Beach and other Palm Beach County locations.
“The poetic tradition of taking inspiration from works of art is called ‘ekphrasis’ from the Greek,” said Ms. Williamson. “Ekphrastic Poems may include literal descriptions of a work of art, the poet´s mood in response to a work of art, metaphorical associations inspired by a work of art, or personal memories about a work of art. It’s a tradition quite alive in America today, and we’re pleased to join with the Cornell Museum and Plein Air Palm Beach (PleinAirPalmBeach.com) to present this opportunity for poets to be inspired. Co-founder and Organizer of Plein Air Palm Beach, Ralph Papa said, “As written or spoken words can evoke images for both the artist and the poet, poets may represent a visual image in words. Visual artists, particularly plein air painters capture a scene in the moment as they see it.”
Poems should submitted by email in the body of the message, directly to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 8, 2015.
The winning poet will receive a $100 prize, and $25 will be given to each of the four runners-up. Their submitted poems – along with another five “honorable mentions” – will be published on the Poetry Festival’s website at http://palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/pleinaircontest.
To enter the contest, poets will submit a poem inspired by the eight selected paintings of the exhibit.
What to Do: Visit the “En Plein Air” Exhibit and be inspired by the award-winning plein air art to write and submit a poem to email@example.com.
The Cornell Museum is located at Delray Center for the Arts, 51 North Swinton, to the south of the Crest Theatre building. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-4:30 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Delray Center for the Arts members and children under 6 years old are free. hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-4:30 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $5. Delray Center for the Arts members and children under 6 years old are free
- First Prize: $100
- Second, Third, Fourth Prizes: 4 awards of $25 each
- 5 Honorable Mentions
- Top 10 entries published online
Results Announced: April 15, 2015
Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org in the body of an email message and include the painting name that inspired your poem.
Entry Fee: No fee. Submit one poem only, please.
Length Limit: Poem may be up to 30 lines
The Contest Judge is Stephen Gibson, author of five poetry collections: Rorschach Art Too (2014 Donald Justice Prize, West Chester University), Paradise (Miller Williams Prize finalist, University of Arkansas Press, 2011), Frescoes (Lost Horse Press book prize, 2009), Masaccio’s Expulsion (MARGIE/Intuit House book prize, 2006), and Rorschach Art (Red Hen, 2001). His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He teaches at Palm Beach State College, and lives in West Palm Beach.
For additional details, see: http://palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/pleinaircontest.
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