Design a Poetry Broadside Contest

In celebration of poetry month, we’re hosting a contest to design a broadside (8 ½ x 11”) of Marie Ponsot’s poem, “Springing” (found below).

The broadside—a sheet of paper, printed on one side only, often adorned with a woodcut or illustration—has a rich and varied history. From 16th-century penny flyers to 1960s street literature, people have been posting proclamations, ballads, and poetry for others to read. The nineteenth century and the 1960s saw a tremendous surge in the popularity of broadsides. Today, with the ease of digital technology, you don’t have to be a fine art printer to create a broadside. At Knopf, during poetry month, we like to send out simple broadsides of our favorite poems that readers can print out and hang on the bulletin board. If you like to design, we hope you’ll try your hand at Marie Ponsot’s poem “Springing.”

Find examples of poetry broadsides here.

Submit your broadside by Saturday, April 30th to or by mail to:

Knopf Broadside Contest
1745 Broadway, 21-3,
New York, NY, 10019.

Broadside submissions will be collected and judged by members of Alfred A. Knopf’s art department on or around May 15, 2011. The prize will be awarded on the basis of originality, style, and creativity.

The winner will receive their choice of one (1) of the following literary collections: a Vladimir Nabokov paperback collection (jacket covers designed by John Gall), a Franz Kafka collection (jacket covers designed by Peter Mendelsund), a Haruki Murakami collection (jacket covers designed by Chip Kidd), or a collection of ten Everyman’s Library or Pocket Poets books.

All submissions will be posted in an album on Knopf’s Facebook page!

Sign up for a free poem-a-day for the month of April–it’s not too late!



In a skiff on a sunrisen lake we are watchers.

Swimming aimlessly is luxury, just as walking
loudly up a shallow stream is.

As we lean over the deep well, we whisper.

Friends at hearths are drawn to the one warm air;
strangers meet on beaches drawn to the one wet sea.

What wd it be to be water, one body of water
(what water is is another mystery). (We are
water divided.) It wd be a self without walls,
with surface tension, specific gravity, a local
exchange between bedrock and cloud of falling and rising,
rising to fall, falling to rise.


Official Rules & Regulations:


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Email your poster design (8 1/2” x 11”) of our featured poem Marie Ponsot’s poem, “Springing” to or Knopf Broadside Contest, 1745 Broadway, MD 21-2, New York, NY 10019. Please include Full name, email address, home address and design program (if applicable). The contest begins April 11, 2011, and final submissions are due by 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on April 30, 2011. If mailing the entry in, entry must be postmarked by April 30, 2011 Final submissions will be collected and judged by the art department at Alfred A. Knopf publishers.

Contest is open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age on April 11, 2011. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Random House Inc., and its parent companies, subsidiaries or affiliates, and their immediate families and persons living in their household are not eligible to enter this contest.

One (1) winner will receive a choice of one (1) of the following collections: Nabokov paperback collection designed by John Gall, Kafka collection designed by Peter Mendelsund, Murakami collection designed by Chip Kidd, or a choice of ten (10) Everyman’s Library or pocket poets.

Winner will be chosen on or around May 15, 2011, from all eligible entries received by the Knopf Department within the Entry Deadline. Entries will be judged by the Knopf Art Department staff, whose decisions are final, and the prize will be awarded on the basis of originality, style, and creativity. The winner will be notified on or around May 15, 2011 by email, mail or telephone and may be required to sign and return affidavit(s) of eligibility and release of liability within 10 days of notification. A noncompliance within that time period or the return of any notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. In the event of any other noncompliance with rules and conditions, prizes may be awarded to an alternate winner. Taxes, if any, are the winner’s sole responsibility. RANDOM HOUSE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE PRIZES OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE IF PRIZES, AS STATED ABOVE, BECOME UNAVAILABLE.

By participating, Winner agrees that Random House, Inc. and its parent company, assigns, subsidiaries or affiliates will have no liability whatsoever, and will be held harmless by Winner for any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to person, including death, and property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the prize, or participation in this contest. Random House assumes no responsibility for any error; omission; interruption; deletion; defect; delay in operation or transmission; communications-line failure; or the theft destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entries. Random House is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines; computer online systems, servers, or providers; computer equipment or software; or failure of e-mail or entry on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or combination thereof, including injury or damage to the participant’s or to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials from this Web site or contest. By entering the contest, participants are consenting to the use of their name for publicity and promotional purposes on behalf of Random House with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law).

For the name of the winner, available after May 15, 2011, please send a stamped, self addressed envelope to: Poem-A-Day Poster Contest, 1745 Broadway, Mail Drop 21-3, New York, NY 10019.

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