QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge 2020

A co-production of Flying Arts and Queensland Poetry Festival, the QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge asks poets Australia-wide to respond to eight artworks in the Queensland Regional Arts Awards 2020. The selected poet for each of the eight categories will receive a publication fee of $500. The six winning artworks will have their matching winning poem featured on a didactic panel in the touring Decadence exhibition, while the two winning poems that respond to the two People’s Choice artworks will be featured on the Flying Arts Alliance website.

PLEASE NOTE: The QRAA artworks by Paul Perry and Edwin Hamill are part of the QRAA People’s Choice Category, and are not included as touring artworks with the QRAA. The selected poems for these artworks will therefore be published on the Flying Arts Alliance website instead of in the touring exhibition. The selected poet for each of these artworks will still receive a $500 publication fee.

FAA Alliance is a not-for-profit arts and cultural development organisation providing projects and services throughout Queensland with the assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland and corporate partners and benefactors.

The QRAA Challenge is supported by Australian Poetry via the Cultural Fund.

To enter the challenge, here’s what you need to know:

  • A non-refundable payment of $10 (or $8 concession) is required upon submission of the form.
  • Submissions close midnight 30 November 2020.
  • Announcement of our judges is under embargo until the finalists are declared.


  • This will be our primary method for contacting you. Please ensure the details are correct.
  • Please choose the artwork to which your poem responds. You may submit more than one poem, but each entry must respond to one of the eight chosen artworks and be accompanied by a separate Online Entry Form and a separate Entry Fee.
  • The poem must NOT exceed 12 lines in length.
  • Please provide a copy of your Poem in a Word or PDF document.
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
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