WELCOME TO THE 2015 SAINT PAUL SIDEWALK POETRY CONTEST
The 2015 Contest is now closed, thank you for your poetry!
Deadline: Friday October 16, 2015 at Midnight
Up to five poets will win $100 prizes and permanent honor in city sidewalks.
We want your short, original poems. The Department of Public Works and Public Art Saint Paul invite all St. Paul residents to enter – young or old, professional or amateur, East Side or West Side. Currently, the collection has 46 poems and more than 700 installations citywide. Add your elegant free verse, playful rhymes, or thoughtful haiku to this city collection. Help pave our streets with poetry!
Here are two examples of previous contest winners:
I reach for a name, a song, a tune
and memories scatter,
a toothy pike.
I catch a few
But know these are nothing
to the hundred fish that fled.
By Naomi Cohn
My mom knitted it out of water,
We washed it in a fire for me,
And whenever I wear it I boil.
By Alma Palahniuk
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Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk is a project by Marcus Young, City Artist, Public Art Saint Paul, in partnership with Saint Paul Public Works. The project is made possible in part by the City of Saint Paul’s Public Art Ordinance; The Saint Paul, F.R. Bigelow, Mardag, and McKnight Foundations; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.