The Syracuse Poster Project marks its22nd year with an expanded call for poetry and art. The group willsolicit poetry on the theme “10 Syracuse Spirits” and welcome short-form poetryoutside the tradition of haiku.

In a special collaboration with theNew York State Fair, the Project will also produce one“reverse process” poster, starting with an illustration, and inviting writersto complete the illustration with a poem. For the special poster, the Projectcommissioned an image by Lydia Nichols, a professional illustrator who first participatedin 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 illustratedpoetry posters for Syracuse.

This year’s call for poetry, ongoingthrough Sept. 30, prompts writers with a series of “Syracuse Spirits,” and invitesthem to submit poems about, or in the voice of, these spirits. For example: “Spiritof Regional Taste.”

The group’s call for poetry was formerlylimited to traditional haiku. To appeal to more participants, the call nowwelcomes haiku and other short, three- and four-line poems.

This year, panelists will select 10pairings of poem and illustration. The artists of the selected posters willreceive $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $100 for third place.Artists and poets of the selected posters will also receive two poster prints andcomplimentary merchandise.

Writers can find entry materials at, orby directly contacting Jim Emmons, project coordinator, at (315) 937-7123. Artistsinterested in illustrating a poster should send contact information to The deadline forsubmitting poems is Sept. 30. The deadline for completed posters is Nov. 14. Selectedartist and poet pairs are announced in December and the posters are revealed
in April.