Barjeel Poetry Prize (English)

The Barjeel Art Foundation is pleased to launch the Barjeel Poetry Prize, an international competition that invites poets to respond to twenty works of Arab art from the 20th century.

How to respond to the painting of your choice is open to interpretation. The relationship between poem and painting could be direct or tangential; you may choose to engage with the work, the painter’s story, or to address what the art evokes in you. The conversation the poem has with the painting can challenge and/or echo it. The prize is open to all poets worldwide in six categories.

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English-language poem by authors of Arab heritage (14-18), judged by poet Naomi Shihab Nye

The competition is open to anyone aged 14-18 at the time of entering. Author must be of Arab heritage, writing in English, based anywhere in the world. Category judged by Naomi Shihab-Nye.

Open to submissions

Closes to submissions on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:00 PM (UTC)

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English-language poem by authors of Arab heritage (adult), judged by poet Hala Alyan

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over at the time of entering. Author must be of Arab heritage, writing in English, based anywhere in the world. Category judged by Hala Alyan.

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Closes to submissions on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:00 PM (UTC)

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English-language poem by authors worldwide (14-18), judged by poet Raymond Antrobus

The competition is open to anyone aged 14-18 at the time of entering. Poems must be in English. International entries are welcome. Category is judged by Raymond Antrobus. Please note that young poets of Arab heritage writing in English should submit to the category “English-language poem by authors of Arab heritage (14-18)”.

Open to submissions

Closes to submissions on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:00 PM (UTC)

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English-language poem by authors worldwide (adult), judged by poet Tishani Doshi

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over at the time of entering. Poems must be in English. International entries are welcome. Category judged by Tishani Doshi. Please note that poets of Arab heritage writing in English should submit to the category “English-language poem by authors of Arab heritage (adult)”.

Open to submissions

Closes to submissions on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:00 PM (UTC)