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Call for Poetry and Art, Syracuse Poster Project

Call for Poetry and Art, Syracuse Poster Project

Call for Poetry and Art:

The Syracuse Poster Project marks its third decade with an expanded call for poetry and art. The group now solicits poetry on a new theme—“Seven Syracuse Spirits”—and welcomes broader forms of poetry.

The nonprofit Project, founded in 2001, brings together poets and artists to create an annual series of illustrated poetry posters for Syracuse.
This year’s call for poetry, ongoing through Sept. 30, prompts writers with a series of“Syracuse Spirits,” and invites them to submit poems about, or in the voice of, these spirits. For example: “Spirit of Neighborhood Harmony.”

The group’s call for poetry was formerly limited to traditional haiku. To appeal to more participants, the call now welcomes haiku and other short, three- and four-line poems. Despite the change in theme and poetry style, the Project will continue its tradition of supporting the craft of local poets and artists and providing public art and literature for all to enjoy. This year, the Project’s panelists will be selecting seven pairings of poem and illustration. The artists of the selected posters will receive $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $100 for third place. All artists of running-up posters, along with the poets of the posters, will receive two poster prints and complementary merchandise. 

Writers interested in contributing poems can find entry materials at, or by directly contacting Jim Emmons, project coordinator, at (315) 937-7123. Artists interested in illustrating a poster should send contact information to 
The deadline for poems is Sept. 30. 
The deadline for completed posters is Nov. 22. 
Selected artist and poet pairs are announced in December and the posters are revealed in April.

For on-line listings: The following link goes to the “Participate” section of our website, where visitors can find entry materials: