Steamboat Art Museum

Calling All Writers!
Steamboat Art Museum Presents
Ekphrasis* 2021: A Visual Writing Event
in honor of Susan deWardt

Steamboat Art Museum with support from Steamboat Magazine and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, invite all writers to participate in the 2021 ekphrastic writing event.

*Ekphrasis is the use of words to comment on a piece of visual art. One of the earliest cited forms of ekphrasis occurs in The Iliad, where Homer provides a long and discursive account of the elaborate scenes embossed on the shield of Achilles.

  • Step 1: Take a leisurely stroll through the Steamboat Art Museum (admission is free). Be inspired by the exceptional exhibition “Four Directions – Common Paths” featuring four of the finest living landscape/plein air painters Ralph Oberg, Matt Smith, Skip Whitcomb and Dan Young.
  • Step 2: Choose a painting that “speaks to you”. Write a story or description, poetry or prose, not to exceed 750 words.
  • Step 3: Submit your work with application form on-line to Steamboat Art Museum by Thursday, July 1, 2021 5:00pm
  • Step 4: Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 5:30PM Celebrate your creativity at the Awards and Readings Reception at SAM. Enjoy selected readings by our community’s Celebrity Readers. Awards will be given in adult and youth categories.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including representatives from Off the Beaten Path and Steamboat Magazine

  • 1st Prize: $100 Cash in honor of Susan deWardt, $50 Gift Certificate for Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, subscription to Steamboat Magazine.
  • Honorable Mention (2): $50 cash from Steamboat Magazine, $50 Gift Certificate from Off the Beaten Path Book Store, subscription to Steamboat Magazine.
  • Youth award: $50 cash from Steamboat Magazine, $25 Gift Certificate from Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, subscription to Steamboat Magazine.
  • Publication of winning entries in Steamboat Magazine online magazine.
  • Entries are open – Submit Below
  • Submission deadline: Thursday, July 1, 2021 5:00 p.m.
  • Entry fee: Free for SAM members and youth (18 and under), $15 for non-members Entry includes admission to awards reception.
  • Awards and Readings Reception July 20, 2021 5:30PM at SAM
    Free for Members, submitting authors and youth ~ $15 non-members

Registration Form

To register for Ekphrasis* 2022, please fill out the form below. Once the form is submitted you will be redirected to the payment page which will allow you to submit payment using credit card, drop off or mail.
  • Please remember to include the name of the Painting and artist IN your document!
  • ALL ENTRIES MUST BE TYPED and submitted as a WORD DOC.
  • ONLY ENTRIES SUBMITTED ONLINE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE ANTHOLOGY. (The document may be re-formatted for Ekphrasis 2022 Anthology.)
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Betse at 970-870-1755, ext. 100 or email
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