Enter Your Work For The 2019 MetroLines Poetry Contest

Does your written work need a bit of exposure? We can help.

Metro Arts in Transit wants to share your work with the tens of thousands of transit riders who travel the St. Louis region each day. The MetroLines Poetry Contest allows poets the chance to have their original works displayed on MetroBus vehicles and MetroLink trains for up to one year.

You must live within a 50-mile radius of the city of St. Louis. Up to 15 winning poems will be reproduced on posters and displayed on the Metro Transit system.

You’ll receive a copy of your poem and a $200 prize. Winners will also be invited to read their poetry at a special event held early next year.


Submit Your Poems Here


All entries must be submitted online. You may submit up to three poems with each poem being 15 lines or less, and all work submitted for consideration must be suitable for public display. The deadline to enter 5 p.m. on September 30.

MetroLines is open to both published and non-published work by bi-state residents of all ages, however previously published work must be provided with permission to reproduce. A panel of literary professionals from the St. Louis region will judge the entries.

MetroLines is generously supported by the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission.

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  • I suggest that you look up a poem by Ogden Nash called “Rail Rider”. It is very appropriate.

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