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Enter the Poetry in Transit contest this May!

Enter the Poetry in Transit contest this May!

The Poetry in Transit program launched its 2010 edition on April 28, and they’re celebrating with a contest!

Here’s the details:

To celebrate the April 28th launch of this year’s Poetry in Transit, the Association of Book Publishers of BC will be hosting a contest!

Did you meet your soul mate while reading a poem together on the bus? Have you gotten into a heated argument with a fellow passenger over a line in a poem? Tell us your best Poetry in Transit story to be in contention to win the grand prize – all 16 books of poetry from this year’s poets.

Submissions must be sent to the ABPBC by email to admin@books.bc.ca with Poetry in Transit in the subject line. Mailed submissions to go to 600-402 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1T6.

First and second runners-up will receive a selection of this year’s bus cards. Winning entries will be published on the ABPBC website for posterity.

Contest deadline: May 31, 2010

Poetry in Transit has been running since 1996, and in that time has featured 190 poems from established and emerging writers. Together with TransLink and BC Transit, the ABPBC produces 16 poetry cards annually featuring the work of BC-authored and Canadian-published poets, displayed on buses and SkyTrains across the transit systems in BC.

And here’s the 2010 Poetry in Transit bus cards, in case you wanted to see them.

Incidentally, I have some of the old Poetry in Transit ads from 2006 and 2007 at my desk… if you’re interested in taking some of them, e-mail me! (It would be easiest if you could pick them up from our offices in Metrotown, open 9-5.)