Poetry Programs

Sidewalk Poetry by Molly Lynn Watt on Prospect Street, Cambridge.

The goal of the Cambridge Arts Poetry Programs is to create opportunities for the Cambridge community to engage with and promote poetry from diverse backgrounds and styles.

Sidewalk Poetry Contest

Get Your Words Immortalized In Concrete!

The City of Cambridge is seeking poems for its fifth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Winning poems will be imprinted into the fresh concrete of new sidewalks around the city beginning in fall 2019. 

Cambridge residents of any age are invited to submit one poem of their own work to the 2019 Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Contest by March 10, 2019. This year we are especially interested in poems that speak to the theme of climate change. 

Learn all about the program at cambridgema.gov/sidewalkpoetry. For full entry guidelines and more information about the project, visit our How To Apply page or contact Cambridge Arts at sidewalkpoetry@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4380 (voice) or 617-492-0235 (tty). 

Entry Deadline:
Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.

Submit Online:
Apply via our Online Form.

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

Sidewalk Poetry map.

Find Sidewalk Poetry with our Online Map

Use one online map to find Sidewalk Poetry all over Cambridge

In 2015 the City of Cambridge launched the first annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest and has continued yearly since. Every March, residents of any age are invited to submit poetry for the chance to get their words stamped in concrete as part of the sidewalk repair program. Now more than 20 poems have been imprinted around the city. Poetry submissions must be a maximum of 10 lines, 40 characters per line including spaces, and 250 characters overall including spaces and punctuation. Each year an average of 150 poems are submitted from people ages 3 to 95. Five winners are selected each year and stamped throughout the City. Additionally, every year the winning poets are invited to read at the Poetry Tent at the annual Cambridge Arts River Festival. Visit our Sidewalk Poetry webpage to learn more about the program and how to apply.