Moving Words Poetry Competition

Moving Words Poetry Competition


January 12, 2017 by 5:00pm.

All entries must be received on or before the deadline.



Six winning poems will be displayed inside Arlington Transit’s ART Buses for three months between April and September 2017 where they will be seen by thousands of riders. Each winner will also receive a $250 honorarium and will be invited to give a public reading of their work in April 2017. Winning poems will be also posted on this site and will be archived on the Arlington County website.



Poets who live within the DC Metro transit area (the Northern Virginia counties Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun and the cities Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church; the District of Columbia; and the Maryland counties Montgomery and Prince George's) and who are over 18 years old are eligible to enter (Arlington Public School students under the age of 18 are be eligible to enter the Moving Words Student Competition). Poets who have previously been selected for Moving Words must wait two years before submitting entries again. There is no fee to enter.




1.Poems must be 10 lines or less, including stanza breaks (but not including the title).

2. Each poet may submit up to 3 poems for consideration. There is no reading fee.

3. All poems must be typed. You must submit a SINGLE Microsoft Word or PDF file with each poem on a separate page of the document.

4. The first page of your Microsoft Word or PDF file must include your name, address, phone, e-mail address, and the poem titles in the order in which they appear. DO NOT put your name on the pages with the poems. Poems will be judged anonymously.

5. Submit only in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Poems submitted in the body of an email will not be accepted.

6. Poems must be submitted via e-mail to; paper copies will not be accepted.

7. Excerpts from longer poems are eligible, but the poet must provide only ten or fewer excerpted lines. Do not send the full poem.

8. Previously published poems are eligible, but the copyright must have reverted to the author; author must own copyright for poems that have been previously published.

9. Poems are intended for a general audience; we cannot consider poems with content that general readers might find objectionable or offensive.



MOVING WORDS is a program of the Cultural Affairs Division of the Arlington County Department of Economic Development and is sponsored in part by Arlington Transit. For more information please email


Entries must be submitted to: