For the first time in Italy a literary award including a “visual poetry and asemic writing” category.

Bologna in lettere award for published and unpublished works of poetry

Public contest announcement 

On the occasion of the 7th edition of the Festival of Contemporary Literature “Bologna in Lettere” the Organizing Committee with the collaboration of Marco Saya Edizioni, Millenium Gallery announces the 5th edition of the “Bologna in Lettere Award” for published and unpublished contemporary poetry 


Everybody can participate in the contest starting from September 8, 2018.

The submission deadline is January 15, 2019.

In order to facilitate the work of the judges and to avoid possible errors,

the authors are encouraged not to send their works in the last few days available.

Unpublished writings are evaluated on an anonymous basis.

The judges’ evaluation is unquestionable and irrevocable. 



The Award consists of 5 categories

Category A – Published Works

Category B – Unpublished Collections

Category C – Unpublished Single Poems

Category D – Oral Poetry

Category E – Visual Poetry & Asemic Writing



CATEGORY E (Visual Poetry & Asemic Writing)

From 1 to 3 works, in high resolution jpg format. 


CATEGORY E (Visual Poetry & Asemic Writing)

Every author is requested to send only one file, in high resolution jpg format, for each work submitted to the contest.


CATEGORY E (Visual Poetry & Asemic Writing)

The work should be sent as a high resolution jpg file to the address


The subject of the email should be: “Bologna in Lettere Award – category E”. The works should be sent no later than January 15, 2019. In order to facilitate the registration procedures, it is compulsory to attach a scanned copy of the payment receipt. The body of the email should include the author’s name and surname, date and place of birth, place of residence, telephone number, title of the work and the disclaimer in which he/she declares that he/she accepts the contest regulations.




CATEGORY E – (Visual Poetry & Asemic Writing)

The panel of judges will select 3 winners, whose works will be on display for one week in a dedicated exhibition in the course of the festival’s events in the month of May at the Millenium Gallery in Via Riva di Reno 77/A. The winning works will also be published in the Utsanga magazine of experimental languages and criticism.


The results of the contest will be announced by April 10, 2019 on the website of Bologna in Lettere, on the Festival facebook page and through several online channels.

The awards ceremony will take place in the month of May 2019, on a date still to be determined. 

Composition of the panels of judges


Mariangela Guàtteri, Francesco Aprile, Daniele Poletti


Enzo Campi 

All the information and the complete contest announcement here