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2019 poetryBus Lines - Call for Poetry

Now Accepting Submissions

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 2019 Bus Lines open call for poetry.

Submissions can be made in English or Spanish.

Contest Theme
The theme this year is “Favorite Madison Places.”

We want to get your individual perspective; to hear your distinct voice.

Share your poetry stories about your Favorite Madison Places with the thousands of passengers who share the bus with you every day.

This year's theme is related to the City of Madison creating its first ever Historic Preservation Plan. This plan will identify, celebrate and preserve the places that represent our collective histories

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 15 lines to be considered.

Poems of certain lengths work out better for certain Metro marketing material over others. When submitting your poem, you will be asked to select for which marketing item you’d like your poem to be considered.

Marketing Items Poem Length/Maximum Lines
Bus Side 3
Transfer 3-5
Online 10-15

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.

Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 15.

For program questions, email

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