CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville is giving people a chance to show off their poetry skills in a very public way. The Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) in partnership with Bus Lines Community Poetry is now taking submissions for the 2020 Bus Poetry Competition.

Entries are being accepted through December 21. The theme is "Poetry by You" and judges want you to choose your own inspiration.

Organizer of the Charlottesville Bus Lines, Sue Berres, says there has been 600 winners since 2009 some even young as six-years-old. "I like reading the poems I get to read all of them and its very exciting to see what everybody is doing and what everybody is writing about and who creative people are in this community.”

"I think it will brighten their day I think they will see these poems and they will relate to them hey this is an experience that I have had as a kid or that I have now as an adult and they will share it,” said Kyle Ervin, marketing coordinator.

The poems should not be longer than ten lines. If you would like to submit your poem, you can click here.


Charlottesville Area Transit Press Release:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - October 2019 - Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) in partnership with Bus Lines Community Poetry is pleased to announce the 16th Bus Lines Community Poetry Contest.

Each year, local writers of all ages and abilities submit their poetry for a chance to be featured on CAT buses that travel around the city. Along with traveling poetry, winners are invited to showcase their work at a special event hosted by CAT and the Virginia Festival of the Book, held at the Downtown Transit Station in Charlottesville, VA. This year's theme is "Poetry by You", which seeks to extract inner creativity and inspiration from all areas of life. The theme continues to build off of the Bus Lines program itself - an experience that fosters personal development and community togetherness.

All winning poems are archived in the UVA permanent collection through a special partnership with Special Collections at the University of Virginia Library.

To date, 600 winners have been displayed on CAT buses. The program itself has received a total of 3,218 submissions from 2,157 poets in Charlottesville.

The poetry contest runs from October 15, 2019, through December 21, 2019. The poems should be no more than 10 lines; flash fiction works are limited to 100 words. The contest will accept up to 3 entries per person.

For more information about the contest, please visit www.charlottesville.org/2020buslinespoetry