CALL FOR  SUBMISSIONS (TBA)

                                   2013 Judge: DENISE DUHAMEL                    

  All submissions will be considered for publication and The Loft Prize for Poetry.

The Loft Prize for Poetry: $1000 and publication

Submission Guidelines:

1. Write 1 or 2 poems inspired by artwork from a New England museum. The art can be found online at The Athenaeum.   See the list of New England Museums below.

It’s simple: Select a painting that inspires you to write a poem!  Just click on  Then click on “by museum” found in the left column to find a list of all museums on The Athenaeum.  Scroll down to one of the New England museums listed below. Click on the “number of artworks” on the right side of the listing. Then click on a painting that inspires you.  To enlarge the image, click on the artwork.  Write 1 or 2 poems inspired by or in response to the painting.

2. Select art in the public domain only.  The majority of works on The Athenaeum website are in the public domain. Click on the Copyright Status button on the artwork’s page you selected to determine if the art is in the public domain.

3. Submit 1 or 2 unpublished poems (in print or online). Each poem no longer than 2 pages.  All poetic forms and subjects will be considered.

4. We accept electronic submissions only.  Simultaneous submissions are welcome if we are notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere.

5. During the submission period (Nov 1, 2012- Feb 1, 2013), send your poem in a file attachment to   File must be formated in Microsoft Word.doc

6. Entitle your attached file: Your Last Name, Submission.  For example: Smith, Submission.

7. On a separate cover page in your attached file, provide the following information – name, address, phone, email, poem title(s), as well as the name of the painting, the artist’s name, and the name of the Museum.

8. You may send a short Bio of no more than 4 lines or author’s statement about your poem(s) on the cover page only.   (Optional).

9. Poem page: Write the name of the artwork and the artist’s name under the title of your poem(s).

10. Your name and identifying information must not appear on your poem(s), only on the cover page.    Submissions are read and judged blind.

11. Font: Times New Roman, 11 point.

12. Entry Fee:  Please submit an entry fee of $15 with your submission through PayPal.  (Right click PayPal button and select “open” to use PayPal.)  Or you may submit your entry fee by mail. Make check or money order out to The Poetry Loft, PO Box 8235, Cranston, RI 02920.

13. To receive notification of receipt of your entry, please remember to check the “request return receipt” box of your email.

14. Eligibility: The Loft Anthology is honored to highlight emerging and established poets and writers from New England (past or present residents and college students).

15. Rights: The Poetry Loft, Inc. claims North American publication rights. These rights revert back to the author after initial publication.

16. Announcements: Finalists and Contributors will be announced on this site.  Please click the “Follow” button to receive notifications.

Literary merit is the only criteria. Your work is anonymously reviewed in two rounds of screening by a panel of published writers and editors before being sent to the final Judge.

One winner and two runners-up will be selected. Prize Winner, runners-up, honorable mentions and finalists as well as other accepted contributors will be published and receive a copy of The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art. 


SELECT ARTWORK from the following New England museums at

Massachusetts:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fogg Museum of Art, Cambridge;  Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover;  Mead Art Museum, Amherst; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown; Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown; Cape Ann Historical Association, Gloucester.

Connecticut: Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme; New Haven Museum, New Haven.

Rhode Island: Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; Newport Art Museum, Newport.

New Hampshire: Currier Museum of Art, Manchester; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover.

Vermont: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne; St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury.

Maine: Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville.



The Poetry Loft  in partnership with The Providence Public Library presents the third annual Loft Awards Gala. Winners will be announced at the event.  Winners, finalists and contributors will be honored at the 2013 Loft Awards Gala on June 6, 2013 at the  Grand Hall and Garden Courtyard, Providence Public Library, Providence, RI.

We look forward to reading your poems. For inquiries, please email Beatrice Lazarus, Editor, at:   Thank you for your participation!

To read some famous examples of ekphrastic writing, visit our blogpost on “The Poetics of Ekphrastics”. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors, including the Providence Public Library.


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