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Writers are invited to submit original poems  inspired by five works of art linked to this web site and on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH).

This competition accepts poems  in two separate age categories: adult (age 20+) and  teens (age 13-19). The deadline for entries is extended to midnight December 15, 2014.

Five independent judges – Robert Pinsky, David M. Parsons, Patricia Smith, Mary Szybist, and Roberto Tejada – will each select a winner and 7 seven finalists for one of the artworks, totaling five adult winners and thirty-five adult finalists.  Writers In The Schools/WITS will judge our free teen competition and  select  five teen winners.

Please read the Guidelines and other information on this site before submitting your poems. All teens should read the Teen page for separate guidelines.

On April 23, 2015, in celebration of National Poetry Month, a free public program at the Museum will feature ARTlines2 winners in both age categories, as well as comments about each work of art by an art historian.

Poems by all Winners and Finalist will be published with the accompanying artworks in an ekphrastic poetry anthology for ARTlines2