CALL FOR POEMS! $5000+ IN PRIZES! SEE YOUR POEM TURNED INTO A FILM!
America’s bridges are failing. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 25% of America’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. To inspire future engineers, we're inviting poets to dream big about bridges. We're looking for poems to inspire our nation’s designers, engineers, and architects to reimagine the future of America’s big bridges.
We'll ask filmmakers to turn five of those poems into films. Winners will have their poems turned into films and receive $1000 each, plus air fare and accommodations to attend the premiere. Broad interpretations of the theme encouraged. Submit by April 30!
MORE ABOUT THE CONTEST
Join us in a creative dialogue to establish the expectations, possibilities, and aspirations for the future of our Big Bridges over the Mississippi River. You might send us a poem that imagines a physical bridge of the future or one that conceptualizes the idea of “bridging” in a big way, or you might send us a poem that reinterprets bridge-crossing for a new age. Executive director of the Poetry Society of America and former New Yorker poetry editor Alice Quinn will judge this poetry contest.
Five winners will:
· receive $1,000
· see their poems turned into short films
· see those films at the Weisman Art Museum
· receive airfare/accommodations to attend the premiere in Minneapolis (date to be announced).
WHERE TO SUBMIT
Submissions can only be made online via Submittable. Entry Fee: $7.00
Submit up to three poems per entry. Multiple entries are fine but will incur an additional entry fee. The poem can be of any length, but consider that a typical motionpoem runs between two and three minutes in length. Translations are not eligible, but poems published within the last five years are eligible. Use the “bio” and “cover letter” fields to tell us who you are, how you learned about this project, and why you would like to be part of it.
Entry deadline is April 30, 2015. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Finalists will be asked to prove that they reside in the United States at the time they are notified. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Finalist films will be made into short films via an open call for films. See additional terms and conditions for details.
To read the complete guidelines and submit.
To read the Official Terms of Entry.
For more about the Weisman Art Museum’s Big Bridges project.
To learn more about Motionpoems and watch 5 seasons of motionpoems.