Ekphrasis is a genre of poetry that explores works of art and seeks to ‘get inside’ its visual subject. Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award is a celebration of the Nillumbik Art Collection and the Literary Arts.
Artistically, ekphrasis is a rhetorical device in which a visual object, usually a work of art, is vividly described by another artistic medium. For example a poem that describes what is happening or shown in a painting and by doing so enhances it, especially if it captures the sentiments of the artist when the work was created.
Entries open 1 February 2017 and close 5pm, 31 March 2017
Open category: $550 prize. Open to poets who reside in Australia. $12 entry fee.
Youth category: $200 prize. Open to poets aged 11-18 years. There is no entry fee for the youth category.
Poems up to 12 lines
Helen Lucas, Steve Smart and Karen Throssell. The judges offer insights into the judging process and writing a winning ekphrastic poem in the Ekphrasis 2016 Judges' Q&A, which is available via the website below.
Winning poems will be published in the Literary Nillumbik Anthology 2017.
Poems must respond to one of six (6) selected artworks from Council's Public Art Collection, which may be viewed via the website here.