Join us for biweekly ekphrastic writing challenges. See why so many writers are hooked on ekphrastic! We feature some of the most accomplished, influential poets and flash fiction writers today, and we also welcome emerging or first time writers and those who simply want to experience art in a deeper way or try something creative.
We have a very special challenge this time!
The prompt is The Poet, by Lily Prigioniero.
The artist is also our guest judge!
Lily has worked in Italy as an art restorer, and she is also a painter and a poet herself.
Read her ekphrastic works on art restoration, published here earlier this year.
Deadline is August 6, 2021.
You can submit poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, microfiction, or any other form creative writing you like. 1000 words max please.
Rules are below.
Lily Prigioniero: After receiving her degree in English literature from University of Michigan, Lily Prigioniero moved to Florence, Italy, where she was certified and hired to work as an art conservator on some of Tuscany’s greatest Renaissance masters such as Pontormo, Lorenzetti, Donatello, and Vasari. She received her Masters in creative writing from the Università degli Studi di Siena where her novel, La Cena del Tacchino, won the “Premio Selezione” for the international literary prize Premio Internazionale Anguillara Città d’Arte in Rome, and nominated for the literary prize “Penna d’Autore”. Among her published translations are the catalogue for the Mappelthorpe/Michelangelo exhibit, Perfection in Form, in the Accademia in Florence, as well as articles for the literary magazine In Pensiero, Arti e Linguaggi del Presente (Thoughts in Art and Language of the Times). Just this year alone she was a featured poet for the Ekphrastic Review with “Five Poems from an Art Restorer”, as well as poems published in the Orchards Poetry Journal, The Road Not Taken, Grand Little Things, and Italian Americana. She has taught writing for New York University’s Global Studies program, Brandeis University’s Midyear program, and art conservation at the Florence University of the Arts. Painting in all mediums has always been her passion starting at a young age. She currently lives with her family near Florence.
1. Use this visual art prompt as a springboard for your writing. It can be a poem or short prose piece (flash fiction,microfiction, or nonfiction.) You can research the artwork or artist and use your discoveries to fuel your writing, or you can let the image alone provoke your imagination.
2. Write as many poems and stories as you like. Send only your best works or final draft, not everything you wrote down.
(Please note, experimental formats are difficult to publish online. We will consider them but they present technical difficulties with web software that may not be easily resolved.) Please copy and paste your submission into the body of the email, even if you include an attachment such as Word or PDF.
3. There is no mandatory submission fee, but we ask you to consider a voluntary donation to show your support to the time, management, maintenance, and promotion of The Ekphrastic Review. It takes an incredible amount of time to curate the journal, read regular and contest submissions, etc. Paying all expenses out of pocket is also prohibitive. Helping the editor share the time and expenses involved is very much appreciated. There is an easy button to click below to share a five spot through PayPal or credit card. Thank you.
4. USE THIS EMAIL ONLY.
Send your work to email@example.com. Challenge submissions sent to the other inboxes will most likely be lost as those are read in chronological order of receipt, weeks or longer behind, and are not seen at all by guest editors. They will be discarded. Sorry.
5.Include PRIGIONIERO WRITING CHALLENGE in the subject line.
6. Include your name and a brief bio. If you do not include your bio, it will not be included with your work, if accepted. Even if you have already written for The Ekphrastic Review or submitted other works and your bio is "on file" you must include it in your challenge submission. Do not send it after acceptance or later; it will not be added to your piece. Guest editors may not be familiar with your bio or have access to archives. We are sorry about these technicalities, but have found that following up, requesting, adding, and changing later takes too much time and is very confusing.
7. Late submissions will be discarded. Sorry.
8. Deadline is midnight EST, August 6, 2021.
9. Please do not send revisions, corrections, or changes to your poetry or your biography after the fact. If it's not ready yet, hang on to it until it is.
10. Selected submissions will be published together, with the prompt, one week after the deadline.
11. Due to the demands of the increasing volume of submissions, we will no longer send out sorry notices or yes letters. You will see what poetry and stories have been selected when the responses are posted one week after the deadline. Understand that we value your participation as part of our ekphrastic community, but we can only choose a handful of the many entries we receive.
12. A word on the selection process: we strive for a balance between rewarding regular participants and sharing the voices of writers who are new to our family. We also look for a variety of perspectives and styles, and a range of interesting takes on the painting. It is difficult to reproduce experimental formatting, so unfortunately we won't choose many with unusual spacing or typography.
13. Please note, some selected responses may also be chosen for our newly born podcast, TERcets, with host Brian Salmons. Your submission implies permission should he decide to read yours. If that happens, you will be notified and sent a link to share. Thank you!
14. By submitting to The Ekphrastic Review, you are also automatically joining our subscribers' list. Your submission is your permission. We don't send Spam and we don't send many emails- you will not receive forty-four emails a day! We send a newsletter zero to two times a month, with hopes of more consistency in the future. It updates you on challenges, news, contests, prize nominations, ekphrastic happenings, prompt ebooks, the podcast, and more. You can cancel at any time, of course, but may find yourself back on the list after another submission. We hope you don't cancel because we like to stay in touch occasionally!
15. Rinse and repeat with upcoming ekphrastic writing challenges!
16. Please share this prompt with your writing groups, Facebook groups, social media circles, and anywhere else you can. The simple act of sharing brings readers to The Ekphrastic Review, and that is the best way to support the poets and writers on our pages!
17. Check this space every Friday for new challenges and selected responses, alternating weekly.