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Pride Month Mural Poem Contest

Sponsored by the Troy Architectural Program, Inc. (TAP, Inc.) and NYS Writers Institute, we request poetry submissions for review for use as a mural on the south wall of TAP during June, Pride month. We are specifically calling on members of the creative LGBTQIA+ community to submit poetry for review. The selected poet’s work will be output on paper and mounted with wheat paste on one of the walls for June. This is a temporary installation on the brick wall. A press release about the poet and the selected work will be created and distributed to the community.

We are seeking poems with the following specifications

  • No more than 12 lines
  • No more than 10 words per line
  • Themes of pride and LGBTQIA+ are especially encouraged

Cash prizes: 1st place prize – $200 and poem wheat paste install, 2nd place prize – $100, 3rd place prize – $75

All place winners will be invited to read!

Please submit your poem with no identifying information on it to by Sunday, June 2nd, 2024, midnight:

In your email, please include your poem’s name, email address, phone number, and a short bio. In the subject line, please type “pride poem”.

This contest will be judged by Atsushi Akera, elizag, and Nate Smith. Nancy Klepsch and Shawn McCann are organizing this project.


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