Poetry Contest | New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Poetry Contest

Are you inspired by the art and culture of New Mexico?

Let the artwork on display around the state serve as your guide for our poetry contest! The 10 pieces of art below, each on display at a different institution operated by New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, range from photographs of life in early New Mexico statehood to cosmic depictions of the vast universe. Each piece of art on display contributes to artistic and cultural heritage of New Mexico in its own way. With National Poetry Month around the corner, we invite all New Mexicans to seek inspiration in the works of art on display below and express that feeling through ekphrastic poetry, or poetry inspired by works of art.

Rules

  • Contest runs now through March 31, 2024. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2024. 
  • Upload your poem by clicking the "submit" button below. Please respect our limit of one poetry submission per person.
  • Only complete submission forms will be judged. 
  • Contest open to all New Mexico residents. 
  • The contest will feature two tracks: Youth (6th to 12th Grade) and Adult. Please select your category when you submit your poem.
  • Submissions will be judged anonymously by New Mexico Poet Laureate Lauren Camp and a panel of experts.
  • One Adult winner and one Youth winner for each of the 10 works of art will be selected. Each winner will receive a pair of New Mexico CulturePasses and other fun surprises!


New Mexico CulturePass

Your ticket to New Mexico's exceptional Museums and Historic Sites.
From Indian treasures to space exploration, world-class folk art to awesome dinosaurs—our museums and monuments celebrate the essence of New Mexico every day.
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Encounter Culture

Take a look inside the museums and historic sites of New Mexico without leaving home. Join host Charlotte Jusinski, and a variety of guest curators, artists, and exhibitors in exploring the art and culture of the state in Encounter Culture, a new podcast from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

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