Poems from Seattle Poets on Sustainability / Calls & Submissions

October 31, 2023

Organization Name: Seattle Civic Poet

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Seattle Civic Poet Shin Yu Pai invites you to send her a short poem on place, as it relates to sustainability. What might it look like to imagine a Seattle where all communities thrive, where we care for our environment and non-human species? How might we connect Seattle’s past and present to a more enduring future? What places and people do we cherish and want to protect?

Poems should focus on places and images specific to Seattle, our natural environment and the living things particular to this region (i.e. Western red cedar trees, orcas, salmon), Seattle-specific communities of people, and more.

Of the poems selected for this public poetry campaign, poems (or excerpts from poems) may be printed as postcards, posters and/or other visual material.


– Poet must reside or work in Seattle, WA
– Poems must be submitted in English language
– Poems must be unpublished
– Poems must be your original work and 100 words or fewer
– No AI- or LLM-generated content

Authors retain copyright for poems but grant the Civic Poet and The City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture the right to display and distribute the selected poems or excerpts of the poems

Only one poem per Seattle resident/worker will be considered or selected

Due Date
All eligible poems received by October 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PDT will be reviewed.

How to Submit Your Poem

– Compose a poem related to the theme “sustainability and place” in 100 words or fewer.
– Cut and paste your submission into the body of an email with a short bio confirming that you live or work in Seattle to seattle.civic.poet.2023@gmail.com.
– For privacy reasons, NO street addresses should be provided in the email.

All poets will be notified about the results of the selection process by early 2024.

For questions about this call, please contact Seattle Civic Poet Shin Yu Pai: seattle.civic.poet.2023@gmail.com.


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