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Ninth Letter Ekphrastic Poetry Contest 2

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If ekphrasis once designated the studious, careful description of a work of art, ekphrastic poetry has since come to embrace a diverse, wild, thrilling departure from mere description. Ekphrastic poems may still describe the artwork that inspires them, but, in addition, they can imagine what lingers beyond the lens, beyond the frame. They can give voice to silent figures and landscapes. They can include the author’s personal history, or their own interaction with the work of art. Ekphrastic poems can zoom in on shadowy corners, or zoom out to provide historical context. They can explore the artwork’s aesthetic and theoretical underpinnings. They can meditate on medium. They can remain faithful to the subjects and figures in the artwork, or they can attempt, instead, to capture its style or tone. And of course they can do so much more, can do what we haven’t even yet imagined—we always love to be surprised.

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Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationUnknown contest frequency.

Poetry Temp Closed

Open to a broad Audience.
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Other (May vary, See guidelines).
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Winner's Prize:
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Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem).
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Last Updated: 30 Jun 2021
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Last Audited: 25 Jun 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 25 Jun 2021

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