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Contest Guidelines

2024 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

San Antonio and South Texas poets! You’re invited to submit poems inspired by artworks from five San Antonio arts institutions. Three Categories: Adults; Youth, ages 13 – 17; Youth, age 12 and under. There is no entry fee.


What is Ekphrastic Poetry? In simplest terms, an ekphrastic poem is one written in response to another art form:  a visual work of art; a piece of music or dance, etc. For purposes of this National Poetry Month Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, write a response to a visual work of art. Examples of famous ekphrastic poems are: Ode to a Grecian Urn by John Keats; Nine Nectarines and Other Porcelain by Marianne Moore; and The Starry Night by Ann Sexton.

Contest Opens: February 5, 2024
Submission Deadline: March 8, 2024.

See PDF attached below for full contest guidelines

Artwork - 2024 Contest



The Briscoe Western Art Museum

Gladys Roldan-de-Moras (b. 1965). Sunday Riding at Mission San Jose, 2014. Oil on linen. 36 x 48 in. 42 ¾ x 54 ½ in. framed. Briscoe Western Art Museum Permanent Collection. Gift of Marrs McLean Bowman in Memory of His Mother Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers. 

© Gladys Roldan-de-Moras 2014

The McNay Art Museum

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839-1906. Houses on the Hill (1900-1906). Oil on canvas. 23 3/8 x 31 3/8” (59.4 x 79.7cm). Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay. 1950.23


Ruby City

Jim Hodges. Ultimate Joy, 2001. Wood, metal panel, ceramic sockets and light bulbs

32 x 64 in. © Jim Hodges, courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Linda Pace Foundation Collection, Ruby City, San Antonio, Texas.

San Antonio Museum of Art

Yen Yen Vase with Landscape Decoration. China. Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1661-1722). Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze. San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown.2008.21.24


The Witte Museum

Simon Bourne. Mapa de la Provincia de Texas, 1822. Copied from Stephen F. Austin’s map. Pen and Ink on Paper. Gift of Mrs. R. W. Morrison.