Roses are red, violets are blue: St. Paul's sidewalk poetry contest starts Monday


It's the perfect time to concoct a new rhyme.

On Monday St. Paul will start taking submissions, for its Sidewalk Poetry contest open to those with ambition.

(Editor's note: OK that was fun, but the rest of this post will be written normally.)

From Sept. 14 through Oct. 16, St. Paul residents (and only St. Paul residents) can submit their poems to the city for a chance to get the words imprinted on the sidewalk, according to the city website.

It's $3 to put in an entry, and winners get $100 cash, plus the poem stamped on pavement. Click here to get to the submission form.

The contest was launched back in 2008 – since then, more than 700 works have been installed, the project website says. They're spread all across the city – below you'll see an interactive map. (If it doesn't load, you can click here to see the website.)

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In Moorhead, the city took submissions for a similar project, eventually choosing 302 poems and pieces of artwork to be imprinted on sidewalks (click here to see them). Construction is expected this fall, or in spring of 2016.

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