The Call for Ekphrastic Poetry for the 2021 Art on the Trails outdoor exhibition is open. We invite artists to submit poetry in response to the art installations currently on view at Beals Preserve in Southborough. 

Guidelines for Submissions

Come
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 OR visit the Art on the Trails Instagram account  instagram.com/artonthetrails to view videos from each of the artists.  

Respond
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.

Submit
Send us your work to be considered for publication in our 2021 chapbook to be published in September by Route 7 Press. Those selected for publication will also be invited to read their work on a live event at Beals Preserve on September 26th.

Please contact Maura Snell, poetry@artonthetrails.com, if you have questions.

                        

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR POETRY IS IN RESPONSE TO THE ART FOUND AT THE ART ON THE TRAILS EXHIBIT AT BEALS PRESERVE IN SOUTHBOROUGH, MA THIS SUMMER. YOU CAN VISIT THE PRESERVE TO SEE THE ARTWORK "LIVE" OR PLEASE VISIT WWW.ARTONTHETRAILS.COM TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE WORK.


Ekphrasis
“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.

Come
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. OR visit the Art on the Trails instagram account to see videos of each artist and their installation (instagram.com/artonthetrails)

Respond
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.

Submit
Send us your work to be considered for publication in our 2021 chapbook to be published in September by Route 7 Press. Those selected for publication will also be invited to read their work at a poetry reading event at Beals Preserve on Sunday, September 26th. 


Guidelines
Please submit your original, previously unpublished poems, written in response to the Art on the Trails: MENDING 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.
  • All submissions are FREE.
  • Please submit ONLY ONE POEM per submission, and be sure to identify the work of art to which you are responding. You may send us multiple poems, but please be sure each poem is it's own submission. 
  • 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) as well as a short (50 words or less) bio. 
  • Upon acceptance of your work, you agree to grant Art on the Trails: MENDING First Electronic Publication Rights, Non-exclusive print-on-demand rights to the work in the 2021 Art on the Trails: MENDING 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: MENDING be reprinted in another work, we request the later publication include an acknowledgment of Art on the Trails.
  • ALL submissions will automatically be entered in our 2021 poetry contest. Winner of the Poetry Prize and any Honorable Mentions will be selected by our Poetry Judge, Tianli Kilpatrick. Ms. Kilpatrick holds a Master’s in creative nonfiction from Northern Michigan University and a Bachelor’s in creative writing from Allegheny College. She is an Asian-American writer covering topics that range from adoption to jellyfish to trauma theory. Her work has appeared in Fugue, TIMBER, The Portland Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, DIAGRAM, and others. She works as an editor for the Worcester Review, a publication of the Worcester County Poetry Association. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses or boxing. She lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.


2021 Art on the Trails: Mending