Poets from San Antonio and South Texas are invited enter the 2022 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest by writing poems inspired by selected artworks from five San Antonio arts institutions. There is no entry fee.

Categories: Adult Category: age 18 or older. Submission Deadline: Midnight, March 23, 2022.

Youth Categories: age 12 and under; OR ages 13-17. Submission Deadline: Midnight, March 18, 2022.

What is an Ekphrastic Poem?

An ekphrastic poem is one based on a piece of art. These poems take an existing piece of visual art, and use written words to describe and expand on the theme of that work of art. Often these poems explore hidden meanings or an underlying story.

Artworks: To see artworks, click on the links below or visit the art institutions in person:


What to Submit

Submit up to two (2) poems (each poem a maximum of 15 lines plus title) written in response to the art. Please do not simply describe the art; share how the work affects, puzzles, moves, frightens or enlightens you, etc.

How to Submit

Attach one poem per email in a PDF or Microsoft Word doc or docx to  lindsim1@gmail.com. Subject line should read: Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Submission – (ADULT or YOUTH), (Title of the Artwork). In the email body: your name, category, city & state, phone and email. Please do not put your name or any identifying info on the poem. Each poem must be sent in a separate email. Deadlines for submission: March 18 for Youth; March 23 for Adults.


Judges will select up to 3 poems per artwork per category. Adult contest judges: Jim LaVilla- Havelin, 2022 National Poetry Month coordinator, Eddie Vega, poet & Luminaria honoree, and Linda Simone, poet, artist, educator. Youth contest judges: Creative Writers of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

All winners will be notified via email by March 28th and, upon notification, must attach their winning poem(s) as a PDF in an email to  lindsim1@gmail.com with email subject line: Winning Poem PDF – (ADULT or YOUTH), (Your Name). Winning poems will be posted online throughout April, National Poetry Month.

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