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BARJEEL POETRY PRIZE 2020

Submissions open through September 30, 2020


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. Poetry and art have a long history of mutual inspiration; the Barjeel Poetry Prize aims to encourage fresh engagement with Arab paintings from the Barjeel collection, and to celebrate Arab art in its myriad forms by inviting poets to respond to it.

The prize is open to poets worldwide in six categories in English and Arabic from August 15 through September 30, 2020.


The esteemed judges are the poets Naomi Shihab Nye, Hala Alyan, Raymond Antrobus, Tishani Doshi, Asmaa’ Azaizah, and Golan Haji.


The prize offers cash awards of $500 for the first-prize winner and $250 for one runner-up in each category. The winning poems will also be published in the literary magazine Rusted Radishes and displayed in the Barjeel museum beside the paintings with which they converse.


For further information, please visit https://www.barjeelartfoundation.org/news/barjeel-poetry-prize-2020/?fbclid=IwAR0D_vIy9fKwv6k5bxF25oX-LobXQa48SCvIsKO9QR3s13_3DyZkvEgVs0g to learn about the different categories and view the paintings.


We encourage you to submit a poem!

Submissions will only be accepted through the Moksha portal here: https://barjeel.moksha.io/

For detailed guidelines for the English categories, please visit https://barjeel.moksha.io/publication/barjeel-poetry-prize-english/guidelines?fbclid=IwAR3K4yKvOjpeKIMlMXcRUIQnsdl-W_TpCXxaI9hrlEQoQpv75Gvhn9mfPYs


We would be grateful if you would share this invite with your networks, and we are really looking forward to celebrating the intersection of poetry and Arab art.


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