Poets and creative community members are encouraged to visit the 2018 Art on the Trails outdoor exhibition, Unexpected Gestures. The exhibition, juried by Jean Mineo, former Director of Boston Sculptors Gallery, has been installed in the Beals Preserve, Southborough, Massachusetts and will remain there until September 23, 2018. Poets are asked to visit the exhibit and write poems in response to the artwork there. The submission period for this has been extended through July 31, 2018. 


“Description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. 


Walk in the woods at Beals preserve this summer, and experience the art on exhibit there. Regular free guided tours are being offered at the Preserve. Please visit our website for dates and times: www.artonthetrails.com


Choose a piece of art that speaks to you, and respond to it in poetry. We welcome all forms of poetry, and poems of any length, although ideally, each poem will be no longer than one hundred lines.


Send us your work to be considered for publication in our 2018 chapbook to be published in September by The Tishman Review. Those selected for publication will also be invited to read their work at the closing event on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Beals Preserve in Southborough, MA. 


Please submit your original, previously unpublished poems, written in response to the Art on the Trails: Unexpected Gestures exhibit currently being shown at Beals Preserve in Southborough, MA.

  • We are reading these submissions blind! Your POEM/S and FILENAME must not have any identifying information on it nor a cover letter attached within the file. If any identifying information is left on the poetry or in the filename, we will return it for removal and your work could possibly be disqualified.
  • Please only include a cover letter in the Comments Section area on Submittable. In the cover letter please provide the title(s) and the corresponding page numbers (for poetry). We will request a bio upon acceptance.
  • All submissions are FREE. Please send us your very best work!
  • Upon acceptance of your work, you agree to grant Art on the Trails: Unexpeced Gestures First Electronic Publication Rights, Non-exclusive print-on-demand rights to the work in the 2018 Art on the Trails: Unexpected Gestures chapbook, and Archival rights only in the form the work first appears in the chapbook, with the copyright reverting back to the author upon publication. Should a piece first published in Art on the Trails: Unexpected Gestures be reprinted in another work, we request the later publication include an acknowledgment of Art on the Trails.

2018 Art on the Trails: Unexpected Gestures