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NC Poetry on the Bus

Submissions for 2015 NC Poetry on the Bus are now OPEN.

Raleigh Review is accepting submissions for its fourth year of NC Poetry on the Bus program, which places poems by North Carolina poets on the Raleigh R-Line buses during April for National Poetry Month. There are approximately 20,000 riders on the R-Line each month. This unusual context for poetry deepens the readers’ experience by making literature part of the everyday world and fostering the opportunity for conversation amongst neighbors.

Here are the 2015 guidelines:
  • You must be a resident of North Carolina.
  • Send up to three (3) poems to potb@raleighreview.org. PUT THE POEMS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL. Attachments will NOT be opened.
  • Poems may be no longer than 14 lines.
  • Poems must be appropriate for all ages; there can be no reference to drugs, alcohol, etc. Final publication must be approved by Raleigh Review AND the City of Raleigh.
  • Poems may be previously published, but please indicate if that is the case.
  • There is no payment for the use of these poems (other than visibility to 20,000 riders!); there is also no submission fee.
  • Send your poems by Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
  • We will announce the selections in early March on our website, on our Facebook page, and in our monthly newsletter. If you submit poems, we assume you're interested in the results, so we will add your email address to our newsletter mailing list to ensure you receive the announcement. Of course you can unsubscribe at any time.
We look forward to reading your North Carolina poetry!

A Sample 2013 NC Poetry on the Bus Poem