~ ekphrastic poetry: poetry inspired by art ~



  • The competition is open to current as well as former residents of Texas, who have lived in this state a minimum of  9 months by April 21, 2012.
  • Entries must be received by Friday, December 30, 2011.  (Deadline for early entries is Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – see Submissions below)


  • Poem(s) submitted can relate to any of the nine works of art selected by the curatorial staff of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
  • You can submit as many poems as you wish.  (You can submit more than one poem about the same work of art.)
  •  Early entries (before Nov. 30) pay an entry fee of $15 for up to 3 poems, or $10 for a single poem.  After Nov. 30, the entry fee is $20 for up to 3 poems.
  • Title of the poem and the title of the work of art to which you are responding must be identified on both the poem submitted and on the Entry Form.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically from this site.
  • You will be sent confirmation acknowledging receipt of your entry.

Writing & Formatting 

  • Entries must be inspired by the artworks presented on this site.
  • A maximum of 25 lines (or 300 words if prose poetry) per poem.
  • All entries must use a 14-point Times Roman or New Times Roman font.
  • Language must be appropriate for museum audiences.


  • Entries will be read & judged blind (no personal information visible.)
  • A panel of five judges will select one winning poem and one honorable mention for each of the nine works of art selected by the curatorial staff of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
  • Judges reserve the right not to grant an award if they feel no submission merits an award.
  • The competition will adhere to CLMP guidelines and code of ethics.
  • Judges are required to excuse themselves from voting on any poem where they can identify the author.
  • All poems will be checked with anti-plagiarism software.