A month ago we promised that we’d be introducing an ekphrastic challenge on Bold + Italic, we’ve been inspired for which by Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, by The Ekphrastic Review and by Visual Verse. Rattle writes that “[t]here’s a long tradition of poetry responding to visual art (and vice versa),” while The Ekphrastic Review and Visual Verse have published more than a couple poems by our current poetry editors, including Silent Chaos and Genealogy of Smoke by Jayant Kashyap, and Blue, Bird and Ophelia by Lisa Stice. So, we thought, following a record of artistic responses present online, to create an ekphrastic challenge of our own; and this being the first prompt, we have artwork donated to us by Sadaf Sawlath. The piece is called “Melting Away” and it’s beautiful.
The conditions for the challenge are that you can submit to us a maximum of three original responses to any given artwork, and we’ll be choosing a number of poems/prose to be published in our regular issues (unless, of course, some exceptional idea strikes us hard in the head). We’ll send a response to every poem/prose/prose-poem (lol) submitted to us the way we always do, that is, within three months (or you can opt for an expedited response). All you have to do is keep an eye out. As of now, we’re planning to have the current challenge online for 3-6 months, and in the midst of which we’ll also be looking for more artists to feature (please do share your ideas with us).
> Send what you think fit to firstname.lastname@example.org.