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Poetry Open Call – The Court Of Love – Responses to Valentine’s Day

The Court of Love seeks poetry submissions responding to the theme of Valentine’s Day.

The Court of Love is a group exhibition due to take place at Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield, from 9th – 18th February 2017. Each of the artists involved will be responding to the theme of Valentine’s Day in whatever manner they wish. The exhibition will include an opening evening and a Valentine’s Day special event.

The exhibition will be themed as a medieval banquet – referencing the first known example of a celebration of love occurring on February 14th, which involved a feast, songs, jousting and indeed poetry. As such, we are devoting an area of the exhibition to the poetry we receive from this open call: Successful poems will be printed and curated within this area and credited accordingly.

We are looking for poetry of any style and you may respond to the theme of Valentine’s Day however you wish. You may wish to reference the medieval theme but this is by no means an obligation.

If you are successful, as well as having your poem included physically within the exhibition, you will also be given the opportunity to read your poem at our Valentine’s Day event and you will be placed in a people’s choice completion, where the public get to vote on their favourite poem. The poem with the most votes will receive £25 and some chocolate. 2nd and 3rd prizes will also receive chocolate.

Please send your entries to Michael Borkowsky at The closing date is Sunday 29th January 2017. Good luck!

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