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Bus Lines - Call for Poetry

Now Accepting Submissions2018 poetry

Attention all area residents, students, transit riders and writers: Metro Transit and Madison’s Poet Laureate invite you to send short poems, haiku, prose poems, or excerpts from longer poems, 3-5 lines total, to the Bus Lines 2018 open call for poetry. Chosen poems may appear on Metro promotional materials including the exterior of the bus!

Submissions can be made in English or Spanish.

This year's theme is home.

What is that special thing (event, person, place) about Madison that makes you call it “home?" We want to get your individual perspective; to hear your distinct voice. Share your poetry stories about your vision with the thousands of passengers who share the bus with you every day.

Selected poems will be transformed into moving art by Edgewood College Graphic Design students. The final designs will be approved by the Edgewood College Graphic Design Professor with consultation with the Poet Laureate and Metro Transit.


how to submit

Submissions can include up to (3) poems maximum. Entries must be no longer than 5 lines to be considered.

All entries must include poet’s name along with their phone number and email address. Student submissions must also include student's school, grade and the contact information of a sponsoring adult.

Please send entries to

Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 16.

Happy writing!


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