Worldwide Call for Sketch Illustrations of Selected Poems

November 13, 2020 ā€“ Los Angeles: Artists For A Better World International is calling for black & white sketch illustrations of previously selected poems. In 2019, AFABW Int announced a “Call for Poetry” and began receiving poetry submissions from around the world for potential inclusion in the next AFABW Int (2021) printed poetry anthology.

The poems have since been selected for the anthology and the next phase of book production is receiving sketch illustrations. After the sketches are received and selected, the book will be printed and made available in 2021.

Artists are welcome to select one or more poems that they would like to illustrate with a black and white sketch. The completed sketch will then be submitted digitally to AFABW Int for potential publication in the next AFABW Int physically printed 2021 poetry anthology.

Not all poems in the book are intended to be accompanied by a black and white illustration.


  • Selected sketches and the artist’s name will be printed in black and white and featured on their own individual pages next to their respective poems in the upcoming 2021 AFABW Int printed poetry anthology.
  • Some of the selected sketches will also be featured on the home page of the AFABW Int website in 2021 as a “Sketch of the Month.”
  • Some of the selected sketches will also be broadcast on cable television as part of the award-winning Our Ventura TV series.
  • One or more of the selected artists may also be interviewed about their work via online video conferencing from their own home or studio. The completed video will then be broadcast on cable television as part of the award-winning Our Ventura TV series and also published on the AFABW Int website.


The idea is to imagine and produce a sketch that represents a visual concept associated with a poem selected by the sketch artist.

  • Entry Fee: Free.
  • Eligibility: Open to artists worldwide age 18 and over (or younger with parental permission).
  • Source Poems: Select any of the following poems from the AFABW Int Poetry Selections for 2021 Printed Anthology
  • Closing Date: December 31, 2020
  • Reproduction: Use a scanner to copy and submit your sketch since it will result in a better representation than a non-professional photo.
  • Scanner Format: Submit your sketch as an 8-1/2″ x 11″ 300 dpi jpg (or 8-1/2″ x 11″ 300 dpi tiff).
  • Copyright: Each artist grants AFABW Int the right to use their sketch in its AFABW Int poetry book as well as for promotional purposes and on TV and each artist otherwise maintains all original copyright ownership.
  • Art Line: As part of the submission process, sketch artists will be auto-subscribed to the AFABW Art Line to receive email updates on sketch selections, news about the printed anthology, “Sketch of the Month” selections and other AFABW Int news and projects.
  • Submission: Please use the following link to submit your sketch as a digital scan or digital photo.


AFABW Int has a purpose to raise the awareness of artists about using their creative abilities to contribute to the improvement of their community and the world in general via their unique vision.