March 24, 2023 Update

Congratulations to this year’s Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Winners!


San Antonio & South Texas Adult & Youth poets!

Poets from San Antonio and South Texas are invited to enter the 2023 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest by writing poems inspired by selected artworks from five San Antonio arts institutions. There is no entry fee.

WHAT IS AN EKPHRASTIC POEM? A poem written in response to an artwork. The poem should not simply describe the artwork; it should express how the art enlightens, puzzles, moves, frightens you, etc. Enter original poems inspired by the artworks below.


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


  1. Contest Deadline: March 10.  Only San Antonio & South Texas adult & youth poets are eligible.  
  2. Submit up to two (2) poems (each no more than 15 lines plus title; spaces between lines count as lines—except space after title).
  3. Attach each poem as a PDF, Word doc or docx in a separate email to
    No name or identifying info on the poems. No poems in the body of the email.
  4. Emails must include: Your Name, City/State, Contact Email Address. Youth must include age.
  5. Email subject line must read: Ekphrastic Poetry (Adult or Youth) Contest – (Title of Artwork).
  6. Contest Judges will select up to 3 poems per artwork. Only winners will be notified by email with further instructions.Winning poems will be published on websites listed above throughout April.

Anisa Onofre

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