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An Original Poetry Competition

Ekphrastic writing, or writing about art, was created by the Greeks but popularized by the Romans. The goal of ekphrasis was to make the reader or listener envision a work of art as if it were physically present. Looking at art and describing art is central to being visually literate in our image-saturated world.

The Toledo Museum of Art hosts an annual Ekphastic Poetry Contest, in which we invite visitors to submit an original poem inspired by a work of art in the TMA's collection. 

Stay tuned for more information on the 2019 Ekphrastic Writing Contest!

Educators interested in scheduling an Ekphrastic Writing experience for their students can register online:


The Toledo Museum of Art is not currently accepting submissions for the 2019 Ekphastic Poetry Contest. Please check back soon for more details on the 2019 competition.

Entries must be typed on 8.5” x 11” paper using 12-point type in an easily readable font. Writing must be submitted in edited format. Poems may be edited by Museum staff to fit on labeling, but judgement of writing will be based on complete entries.
I hereby give permission to the Toledo Museum of Art to publicly print and/or display my work at the Museum, in the Museum publications, online or in any other public venue as deemed appropriate by the staff of the Museum. This permission is not a transfer of ownership, does not extend to commercial use of this work, and does not void the author/artist copyright protection.