Ekphrasis 2020

Calling All Writers!

Steamboat Art Museum Presents

Ekphrasis* 2020: The Painted Words!

in honor of Susan deWardt

A Visual Writing Event


Steamboat Art Museum with support from Steamboat Magazine and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, invite all writers to participate in the 2020 ekphrastic writing competition.


*Ekphrasis is the use of words to comment on a piece of visual art. One of the earliest cited forms of ekphrasis occurs in The Iliad, where Homer provides a long and discursive account of the elaborate scenes embossed on the shield of Achilles.


To participate:

  • Step 1: Take a leisurely stroll through the Steamboat Art Museum (admission is free). Be inspired by the of the current exhibit The Art of the Quilt

  • Step 2: Choose a quilt that “speaks to you”. Write your story that must be told, poetry or prose not to exceed 750 words.

  • Step 3: Submit your work with application form on-line to Steamboat Art Museum

  • Step 4: Thursday, September 3, 5:30PM Enjoy the awards presentation at SAM. Awards given in youth and adult categories.


Winners will be selected by a panel from Off the Beaten Path and Steamboat Magazine

  • 1st Prize: $100 Cash from Steamboat Magazine, $50 Gift Certificate for Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, a hand-made journal by Susan deWardt

  • Honorable Mention (2): $50 cash from Steamboat Magazine, $50 Gift Certificate from Off the Beaten Path Book Store

  • Youth award: $50 cash from Steamboat Magazine, $25 Gift Certificate from Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

  • Publication of winning entries in Steamboat Magazine on-line magazine.

  • Entries open – www.steamboatartmuseum.org


  • Submission deadline: 5:00 p.m, August 21st, 2020


  • Entry fee: Free for SAM members and youth (18 and under), $15 for non-members Entry includes admission to awards reception and readings.


Awards Reception - September 3rd 5:30PM at the Steamboat Art Museum

Refreshments and readings of 10 submitted works by celebrity readers

Free for Members, submitting authors and youth ~ $10 non-member 


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