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Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 3:05pm


Supported by Arts Nova Scotia and in partnership with the Halifax Regional Municipality and Halifax Public Libraries, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is bringing Poetry in Motion to the city of Halifax.

A public poetry art project, Poetry in Motion will feature short poems and excerpts from longer poems on transit ads in buses; digital signs at libraries, ferry terminals, and recreation centres; and printed postcards throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. Poems will be by Nova Scotian residents 16 years of age or older. For its inaugural year, Poetry in Motion will showcase poems that speak to the theme of home. This theme can be interpreted broadly, and may touch on ideas around transportation, transit, accessibility, the east coast, city living, coming home, and leaving home. 


The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) will be reviewing submissions for Poetry in Motion. Poems eligible for Poetry in Motion must be written by residents of Nova Scotia over the age of 16 years. Poems must be original, personal creations. Unpublished and previously published work will be considered, but authors must obtain permission to use poems that have previously appeared in book form.

Other criteria for submissions:

  • 10 lines or fewer, including stanza breaks (poets may submit excerpts of longer poems if they believe the excerpts can stand on their own);
  • suitable for a general audience of all ages;
  • only one poem per submission, and only one submission per person. 

Poets whose poems are selected for this project will be paid a $200 honorarium, and will be invited to read their poem in person at the Poetry in Motion celebration event.

There is no fee for entry.

Submission Process

Please send your poem in the body of an email (not an attachment) to The subject line should read “Submission: Poetry in Motion”. Please include complete contact information (email, telephone number, and mailing address) as well as a brief author bio. Poets who feel comfortable disclosing their racial background, gender identity, and/or sexuality are encouraged to do so.

The final selection of poems for Poetry in Motion will be decided by a jury.

The deadline for submissions is 12 midnight, May 31, 2019.