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MetroLines 2019 – Call for Poets

Poetry Competition: $200 Use Fee Paid to Poets

Contest Description: Please Read Carefully. This has been updated since last year’s competition.

MetroLines, an Arts in Transit, Inc., program, is a poetry contest open to residents of all ages living within a 50-mile radius of the City of St. Louis. Up to 15 poems will be selected for publication and will be reproduced on posters that will include visual imagery. The posters will be displayed on MetroLink trains and MetroBus vehicles for up to one year. The winners will each receive a $200 award, a poster featuring their poem, and will be invited to read at a reception in early 2020. If the artist would like to receive more than one poster, they must order them via email ($25 each) before December 15, 2019. Posters of the published poems will be offered for sale through the Metro Store, at 8th and Pine streets, with all proceeds going to Arts in Transit, Inc., a non-profit organization providing support for Metro’s art programs. A committee of literary professionals from the St. Louis region will serve as judges.

Eligibility: MetroLines is open to all ages. Both published and unpublished work will be accepted. Entrants must reside within a 50-mile radius of the City of St. Louis and must provide a valid address.

Submission Guidelines: Please Read Carefully. Submissions are open August 1, 2019.

  • All submissions should be sent via Submittable. No hard copy or emailed submissions will be accepted.
  • Send up to three poems per submission.
  • Poems cannot be longer than 15 lines (stanza breaks count as one line).
  • Please include all poems in a single document with only one poem per page. Poem(s) are judged blind, so do not include your name or contact information in this document or in the file name.
  • If the author of the poem(s) is younger than 18 years old, the author’s parent or guardian must check the appropriate permission box on Submittable.
  • Previously published poems will be accepted provided the author has rights to the submitted poems and properly credits the original publication.
  • Any poem submitted must be suitable for public display, to be determined at the sole discretion of Arts in Transit, Inc.
  • You will receive a confirmation email after your submission. If you do not receive one, please check your spam folder. No phone calls please.
  • The list of winners will be released to the public and listed on the Arts in Transit website, artsintransit.org, on or by November 4, 2019. All entrants will be notified of the results by email.
  • Bi-State Development and Metro employees are not eligible to enter the contest.

Please note that if the Eligibility or Submission Guidelines are not followed, the poem(s) will be disqualified. The deadline for receipt of submissions is September 30, 2019, by 5:00 p.m.

Selection Process: Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of literary professionals who will recommend up to fifteen poems. The criteria for selection are:

  • Poem length (cannot be longer than 15 lines)
  • Appropriateness for public display
  • Artistic merit

Poets whose work is selected for reproduction/publication will be required to enter into a letter of agreement with Arts in Transit, Inc., for the limited copyright use of the poem for public display in MetroLink and MetroBus vehicles for up to one year, rights to the poem for reproduction in a limited edition of prints, and attest that the poet is the sole author of the work. In addition to the selected poem, each poster will include the poem’s title, the name of the poet, and complementary visual imagery. Credits on the poster will also include: Arts in Transit, Inc., and financial supporters: the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission. Selected poems will be announced on our website, artsintransit.org, on or by November 4, 2019.

For More Information: Paulette Koons, at (314) 982-1400, ext. 1711, or pakoons@bistatedev.org

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Major funding for MetroLines is generously provided by the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission.


MetroScapes 2019 – Call for Artists

Artwork Image Competition: $1,000 Use Fee Paid to Artists  

Contest Description: Please Read Carefully. This has been updated since last year’s competition.

MetroScapes, an Arts in Transit, Inc., program, is a two-dimensional  arts competition open to residents of all ages living within a 50-mile radius of the City of St. Louis. The program is a way to support the local arts community while adding color and beauty to the neighborhoods Metro Transit serves by featuring winning designs on bus shelters.

Up to ten two-dimensional images will be selected for reproduction as large-scale posters that will be installed in 100 bus shelters throughout the St. Louis region. Local artists (residing within 50 miles of the City of St. Louis) are invited to submit up to three images for consideration. The bus shelter posters will be 69” x 48” in size and will be displayed for one year at various locations. The images will also be produced in a 30” x 24” (vertical) poster format as a limited edition of prints offered for individual sale to support Arts in Transit, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). Each artist will receive one copy of the limited edition poster and be paid $1,000 for use of their original image.  Additionally, postcards depicting the winning images will be available for sale at the Metro Store in downtown St. Louis. Original artworks should have been created within the last three years. Images derived through two-dimensional media will be considered, including but not limited to: photography, painting, printmaking, illustration, collage and computer-generated graphics.

Submission Guidelines: Please Read Carefully. Submissions open on June 19, 2019.

  • All submissions should be sent via Submittable. No hard copy or emailed submissions will be accepted.
  • Send up to three high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) images in one submission. Keep in mind the selected images will be blown up to almost 6’ x 4’.
  • Images should not exceed 400 MB in size.
  • Please include all images in a single submission. Images are juried blind by the selection panel, so please do not include your name or contact information with the images or in the file name.
  • In the Artwork Statement field, please enter the title of the work(s), date the work was completed, medium of the work, and a very short statement of the work (this statement will be included on Shelter Posters).
  • If the author of the images is younger than 18 years old, the author’s parent or guardian must check the appropriate permission box on Submittable.
  • Any image submitted must be suitable for public display, to be determined at the sole discretion of Arts in Transit, Inc.
  • Bi-State Development and Metro employees are not eligible to enter the contest.

Please note that if the Eligibility or Submission Guidelines are not followed, the entry will be disqualified. The deadline for receipt of submissions is September 13, 2019, by 11:59 p.m.

Selection Process: Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of artists/art professionals who will recommend up to ten images. The criteria for selection are:

  • Quality of the work
  • Appropriateness for public display
  • Intriguing, thought provoking, inspiring, entertaining, or have an enduring image/content
  • Image clarity

Artists whose work is selected for reproduction/publication will be required to enter into a letter of agreement with Arts in Transit, Inc., for the limited copyright use of the image for public display in bus shelters for up to one year, rights to the image for reproduction in a limited edition of prints, and attest that the artist is the sole creator of the work. In addition to the selected image, each poster will include the artwork’s title, the name of the artist, and a brief statement from the artist.  Bus shelter posters will contain a quick response (QR) code that will connect viewers to more information about the featured artist or artwork.  Selected images will be announced on our website, www.artsintransit.org, later this fall.

For More Information: Paulette Koons, at (314) 982-1400, ext. 1711, or pakoons@bistatedev.org

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Major funding for MetroScapes is generously provided by the Gateway Foundation.

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Contact Paulette Koons (314) 982-1400 x1711 or pakoons@BiStateDev.org