Sidewalk Poetry

Once construction season begins, we'll be inscribing new sidewalk panels with poems from our current archive, and hopefully winners of the 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Contest, as part of our 2019 sidewalk replacement program.

In 2019, the City of Saint Paul, in partnership with Public Art Saint Paul, is hosting a Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Writers who live in Saint Paul can submit poems for the chance to have them stamped into city residential sidewalks starting this summer.

The 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Contest will accept submissions from new, emerging or professional writers of any age. Winning writers will receive a $100 prize and will have their poems stamped into city residential sidewalks starting this summer. For the first time since the contest started in 2008, submissions in four non-English languages will be accepted, including Dakota, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish, reflecting the diversity of Saint Paul. Writers who submit in one of these languages will be asked to include its English translation also. 

Poetry entries will be accepted March 15-April 15, 2019.

For more information or to submit a poem, please visit Public Art Saint Paul at http://publicartstpaul.org/sidewalk-poetry/.

Past Poems, Current Locations and More Information.