Sidewalk Poetry Contest Winners can get their words immortalized in Concrete!

Writers, Get Your Words Immortalized In Concrete!


A collage of images from 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest: A completes imprinted slab with a winning poem, a slab being smoothed down, concrete being poured on the sidewalk, and concrete being tamped into place

The City of Cambridge is seeking poems for its fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Winning poems will be imprinted into the fresh concrete of new sidewalks around the city beginning in fall 2018.

Cambridge residents of any age are invited to submit one poem of their own work to the 2018 Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Contest between Feb. 20 to March 20, 2018. The inaugural contest attracted over 300 submissions from residents ranging in age from 4 to 95 years, demonstrating the ageless appeal of poetry. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Apply here.

Poems will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of three past Cambridge Poets Populist, a student from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and representatives from Cambridge Public Works, Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Arts. Winning poets and runners up will be invited to read at the Poetry Tent at the annual Cambridge Arts River Festival on June 2, 2018.

The Sidewalk Poetry Program is a collaborative project of the Department of Public Works, Cambridge Arts, and the Cambridge Public Library.


Cambridge Department of Public Works -; 147 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA  02139; 617-349-4800 or TDD 617-499-9924 
Cambridge Arts -;  344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139; 617-349-4380 or TTY 617-349-4621
Cambridge Public Library -; 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-349-4040