Artlyst Art To Poetry Competition




Artlyst in association with The Poetry Society are pleased to launch a new international award for poetry based on works of art. 

The awards are made possible by Artlyst and Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) in association with The Poetry Society

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.

Sean Scully

Sean Scully

The Artlyst Art to Poetry Award celebrating ekphrastic poetry 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 will include poet, Novelist/Poet/Art Critic Sue Hubbard, judges from Artlyst and The Poetry Society and Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey).

There are awards of £1,000, £300, three runners-up prizes of £50. There will also be a special young peoples’ prize which is free to enter if you are 11-17.

All winners will be invited to an awards ceremony, in May at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mayfair.  The best poems will be published in an anthology with an original cover created by Sean Scully. Selected poems will also be published on the Artlyst and Poetry Society websites.

The competition deadline is 11.59 pm on 2nd March 2020. All entries must be made online via The Poetry Society’s submission portal. Enter Here 

It is recommended that all entrants read the rules carefully before entering. Read the full rules Here  

Top Photo: Antony Gormley Royal Academy Inset2 Sean Scully Photos by P C Robinson © Artlyst 2019



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