Poetry Contest


Event details

Date and time 01.02.2020 15.04.202023:59  
Speaker Concours ouvert aux étudiants et collaborateurs de l'EPFL
Category Cultural events

On the initiative of two students from the Civil Engineering section, the EPFL community is invited to write and present poems on the theme of time. The rules are simple: write in French, in verse and in rhyme, and submit your quatrain, haiku, lament or other acrostic before April 15, 2020.

In our daily lives, we use writing most of the time to communicate, to transmit information or to record knowledge. This poetry contest gives us the opportunity to textualize sensations, impressions, and emotions and to use not only the meaning of words, but also their musicality, rhythm and harmony. We therefore invite you to put down on paper snippets of imagination marked by fantasy, extravagance, mischief, indiscipline, quirkiness, or anything else that comes to mind. Whether lyrical, descriptive, surreal, epic, dramatic, erotic or satirical, all styles are welcome.

Towards the end of April, an internal school jury, composed of staff, students and teachers, will read the poems and award prizes to three of them. A reading and prize-giving ceremony will take place in mid-May at ArtLab's DataSquare.

To participate, simply send your poem, in accordance with the rules, to the email address below. If you just want to follow the proceedings and be invited to the reading and prize-giving ceremony, we recommend that you subscribe to the competition newsletter.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


  • Collège des Humanités, Association des Etudiants de Génie Civil, Gustave Pellier et Léandre Guy (étudiants en GC)


  • Virginie Martin