Now Accepting 2021 Submissions!

Poems due Friday March 15

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, 3–15 lines total, to the 2021 Bus Lines open call for poetry.Submissions can be made in any language. Poems in a different language must include an English version in order for full consideration. 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.

Contest Theme

The theme this year is “Looking forward. How we will celebrate when we can be together again in community.”

We have lived through some trying times together as a community. Let’s look forward. What will we do? How will we celebrate? Share with your fellow citizens what it is you plan to do when we are able to come together again in large groups. What is the first thing you want to do? What have you missed? Paint a picture with your words.

Submit Online

Submissions can include up to (3) poems maximum. Entries must be no longer than 15 lines to be considered.

The 2021 submissions will all be posted online. No poems will be featured on buses this year
Marketing Item Poem Length/Max Lines
Online 3-15

Submit Poems

Entries are due on Monday, March 15.