Children's Corner

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

The First Studio Poetry and Short Story Contest

  • Zwelethu Mthethwa
    Untitled from "Interiors" series, 2001
    Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Are you a poet? Do you like to write short stories? Have you ever written a poem or a short story using an artwork as inspiration? Are you between the ages of two and eighteen? If so, you’re invited to participate in Studio magazine’s first short story and poetry contest, A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words.

As the old saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words!” Artworks created by painters and photographers often inspire writers to create their own masterpieces. Romare Bearden’s 1983 collage The Piano Lesson provided the creative spark for playwright August Wilson’s 1990 Pulitzer Prize–winning play of the same name.

In celebration of the relationship between visual and literary art, Studio is inviting young people ages two through eighteen to submit original short stories (no more than two pages long) or poems that are inspired by the photograph, Untitled (2001) by South African photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa.

If your poem or short story is chosen as one of the winners, you and your family will be able to read your work in the next Studio!

Email your submissions

Or mail to:

The Studio Museum in Harlem
Poetry and Short Story Contest
c/o Education Department
144 W 125th Street
New York, New York 10027