Syracuse Poster Project marks 22nd year with expanded call for poetry and art


The group will solicit poetry on the theme “10 Spirits of Syracuse” and welcome short poetry outside of the haiku tradition.

Draft fair poster by Lydia Nichols

In a special collaboration with the New York State Fair, the project will also produce a “reverse process” poster, starting with an illustration and inviting writers to complete the illustration with a poem. For the special poster, the Project commissioned an image from Lydia Nichols, a professional illustrator who first participated in 2007 when she was an illustration student at Syracuse University.

The nonprofit project, founded in 2001, brings together poets and artists to create an annual series of illustrated poetry posters for Syracuse.

This year’s call for poetry, running until September 30, invites writers to submit a series of “Spirits of Syracuse” and invites them to submit poems about or in the voice of these spirits. For example: “Spirit of Regional Taste”.

The band’s appeal to poetry was once limited to traditional haiku. To attract more participants, the call now welcomes haikus and other short three- and four-line poems.

This year, the panelists will select 10 pairs of poems and illustrations. Selected poster artists will receive $500 and $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place. Selected poster artists and poets will also receive two printed posters and free merchandise.

Poet Jane Verostek and her daughters

Writers can find entry materials at, or by contacting project coordinator Jim Emmons directly at (315) 937-7123. Artists interested in illustrating a poster should send their contact details to [email protected] The deadline for submitting poems is September 30. The deadline for completed posters is November 14. The selected artist and poet pairs are announced in December and the posters are revealed in April.

For online entries: The following link leads to the “Participate” section of our website, where visitors can find entry materials:


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