architectural poetry competiiton

Architectural Poetry Competition Series, 2nd Cycle

Submission: July 31, 2020
Registration: July 30, 2020
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Architectural Poetry Competition Series, 2nd Cycle is the seventh initiative of the Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organization, India founded by architect Pappal Suneja to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and write about Architecture and allied fields from a lyrical perspective.

Theme for the Series 1.0 in this cycle is Responsive Poems 

We respond to the world and weather. We respond to ourselves. We respond. We.

Brief: Creativity should evolve between tradition and modernity. As a tree sheds dead wood on its own, we evolve with respect to time, space, and people. Change is desirable and unavoidable – beneficial or disastrous.Technology is at its brilliance, yet, we crave for a safer world with sustainability and resilience – a balance between Humanity and Nature. A Resurgence of the traditions, to which we are the first signatory for comprehending our diversity and portraying ideas in a unified approach, is what shall aid in creating today’s much needed Responsive Environments.

We welcome poems in three categories

School-going, Collegians, and Open (25-100 years of age).

Submission Guidelines: 

– Submissions are open to all poets writing in English. International submissions are welcome.

– Maximum 3 poems per poet are allowed.

– The poem may be accompanied by an Illustration/Photograph (optional).

– Each poem should not exceed 40 lines.

– The entry should be sent to ajc.competition@gmail.com with the subject line Architectural Poetry, 2nd Cycle – Category (school-going, collegians, and Open) in a word document with 12 pt., Arial font, single-line spacing

– All entrants must mention their social media handles with the submission (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)

– The submission should be an original work of the entrant and will go through a plagiarism test.

– The winners will be announced on 21st August 2020 on all our social media pages.

– In addition to three winners (citation) in each category, a Special Mention Award shall be given.

Jury Panel for the Competition comprises of

Rochelle Potkar,  Fiction Writer & Poet, Mumbai

Prof. J. Subramanian, Architect & Executive Director, STUP

Pappal Suneja, Research Scholar, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Germany

Sangeet Sharma, Architect, Author & Poet, Chandigarh

Sanan Verma, Architect, Planner & Poet, SPA Delhi

Parichita Mohapatra, Architect, Urban Designer & Poet, Bengaluru


Submission window for Series 1.0 opens on 15th June 2020 – 31st July 2020 (11:59 pm IST/8:29 pm CEST)

– Early Bird Registration till 30th June 2020, (500 INR for participants from India and 11 Euros for International Participants)

Indian Participants can follow the link to register

International Participants can drop in a mail at pappal.suneja@ajc-india.com to get the Details for registration.

– Standard Registration till 27th July 2020, (800 INR for participants from India and 21 Euros for International Participants)

Curatorial Assistant: 

Vidya Ramesh, Editorial Associate, AJC, India

For Queries, Contact: ajc.competition@gmail.com

Winning Prizes for the Competition are

Citation (A set of Autographed Books):

– ‘Paper Asylum’: A book of Haibun (prose poetry) by Rochelle Potkar

– Myriad Disciplines Of Architectural Writing’ by Pappal Suneja

– ‘The Touch of Moon’: A collection of Poems by Sangeet Sharma

Special Mention (A set of Autographed Books):

– ‘Four Degrees of Separation’: A collection of Poems by Rochelle Potkar

– ‘Castles in the Air’: Misadventures of a Profession by Sangeet Sharma

– ‘Poetry & Architecture’ curated by Pappal Suneja.

Two winning entries, that is a citation and a special mention award shall be announced for all three categories – school-going, collegians, and Open. Besides this, all the entrants shall be sent E-Certificate attested by all the jurors and the winning entries shall be featured on several web architectural portals and will receive a goodie bag. Also, the best entries shall be complied in the form of a book with ISBN No. after the successful run of all the Series under this cycle