“Discover, Inspire, Create: TMA Poetry Prize” accepts entries, Jan. 22-March 22.

TOLEDO, January 22, 2024: The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) is accepting entries for its annual poetry contest that invites youth and adults to draw inspiration from 12 objects in the museum’s rich collection of artworks. The contest closes on March 22, 2024.

“‘Discover, Inspire, Create: TMA Poetry Prize’ aims to foster a connection between visual art and the written word, encouraging participants to explore their creativity and express emotions through poetry,” said Doreen Cutway, senior public relations manager, Toledo Museum of Art.

Middle and high school teachers can request docent-guided tours that include a poetry writing activity for their classes and encourage their students to submit their resulting poems to the contest. Adults can register for a writing workshop with Lucas County Poet Laureate Jonie McIntire on Feb. 3 or March 16.

Contest Categories

  • Youth: 11-17 years old.
  • Adults: 18 years and older.


Winners in the youth and adult categories will receive:

  • First prize: $200 and one-year Toledo Museum of Art membership.
  • Second prize: $100.
  • Third prize: $75.
  • Honorable mention: $25


A panel of three poets will review and rank each entry based on originality, form, language, grammatical skill and the creative interpretation or reflection of the writing.

Judges include:

  • Ryan Bunch.
  • Hedyeh Elahinia.
  • Dustin Pearson.

Important Dates

  • Jan. 22: Contest opens.
  • March 22: Contest closes.
  • April 17: Winners notified.
  • April 27: Awards ceremony and reception.

For complete details about contest requirements, submission guidelines, list of eligible artworks and adult workshops with Poet Laureate McIntire, please visit: toledomuseum.org/learn/poetry-competition.


About Toledo Museum of Art

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), founded in 1901, has earned an international reputation for the quality of its collection, innovative and extensive education programs, and architecturally significant campus. As a nonprofit arts institution, TMA is funded through individual donations, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and investments.

Admission to TMA is always free. It is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; and closed Mondays, Tuesdays and certain holidays.

TMA is located at 2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood Avenue, west of downtown Toledo and one block off I-75. For more information, visit toledomuseum.org.