Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award

The Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award is an exciting initiative presented for the first time in 2012. Ekphrasis is a genre of poetry that explores works of art—usually paintings, photographs, or statues. Ekphrastic poetry seeks to interpret or ‘get inside’ its visual subject.
Poets are invited to respond to one or more of twelve artworks selected from the Nillumbik Shire Council Visual Art Collection. Each poem must be no longer than twelve lines, and may be in any genre of poetry. The twelve artworks will be exhibited in the Nillumbik Shire Council Office foyer and on the Nillumbik Shore Council website from 22 March 2012.

•First prize: $500
•Second prize: $300
•Third prize: $200
•Youth prize: $150 (12-18 years old)
Twelve poems will be selected by judges Helen Lucas, Fee Sievers and August Skipper. The twelve poems will be printed on a series of postcards with their corresponding art work.
Entries open on 22 March 2012 and close 30 April 2012.
Entry cost: $10 per entry
Winners announced on 21 June 2012.
Download The Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award Entry Form (0.19MB)  here. Download a copy of the artworks here (10.25MB) .

For further information phone 03 9433 3126 or email


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