2023 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Submission Form

Click here to submit your poetry! Open now through April 3rd.

2023 Sidewalk Poetry Workshops

Join Public Art Saint Paul at any or all of the FREE Sidewalk Poetry Workshops below. All workshops are taught in English with an emphasis on the languages presented in this year’s contest. Register at the links below!

Sidewalk Poetry Workshop (Spanish Language Focus)- March 18th, 11 AM- 12:30 PM at the Riverview Library

Sidewalk Poetry Workshop (General)- March 25th, 11 AM- 12:30 PM at the George Latimer Library

Sidewalk Poetry Workshop (Dakota Language Focus)- March 28th, 6-7 pm at the Hayden Heights Library

Sidewalk Poetry Workshop (A Reflection on Hmong Culture & Language)- March 29, 6-7:30 PM ONLINE

Sidewalk Poetry Workshop (Somali Language Focus)- March 30th, 6-7:30 PM at the Rondo Library

To learn more about Sidewalk Poetry, artists, and review panel please click here. 

Submit your poetry here!

Writers need to live in City of Saint Paul to be eligible to enter the Sidewalk Poetry Contest. They can be amateur or professional writers of any age.

Sidewalk Poems should be short—between 200-300 characters, including spaces.

Writers may submit up to two poems.

Subject Matter

The 2023 Sidewalk Poetry contest is inspired by the theme of our Wakpa Triennial. For this contest, we ask writers to reflect on “Network of Mutuality” from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, and the Dakota philosophy of Mitákuye Owásiŋ, meaning “all my relations” or “all my relatives.” What do these expressions of interconnectedness mean to you?

Sidewalk Poetry Writing Contest accepts poems in Spanish, English, Somali, Hmong, or Dakota. If you submit a poem in one of these languages, please also submit its English translation, directly following its original language version in the same box on this page.

Number of submissions
Writers can submit up to 2 poems for consideration.