Santa Clarita Sidewalk Poetry Project

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2021 Sidewalk Poetry
Call For Entry Now Open

The City of Santa Clarita (City) is once again accepting short poem entries for the Sidewalk Poetry Project from residents and individuals with connections or ties to Santa Clarita. The Sidewalk Poetry Project stamps original poetry into sections of damaged sidewalks that are being rehabilitated, so final locations will be determined by availability. Selected poems may be placed near parks, bus stops, trailheads, crosswalks, schools, or shopping centers.

Theme: The theme for this year is Poetry of Place and Community. Poems should reflect the cultural, natural, and shared spaces in Santa Clarita.

Eligibility: All writers, amateur and professional, are invited to submit poetry for consideration. The Sidewalk Poetry Project contest is open to all ages. No previous experience or publication necessary. The poem must be the original work of the entrant. Poets must have the ability to accept payment within the United States. Please share this Call for Entry with friends and family.

Short poem submissions may be free form or traditional short form, including Haiku, Distich, Cinquain, etc. Poems must be no more than five (5) lines (including title if applicable) with a maximum of 32 characters including spaces per line, and 160 characters overall (including spaces). Poems in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation. One (1) entry per individual may be submitted during the contest; no team entries are permitted. Past applicants and winners are welcome to submit.

Compensation and Recognition:
Selected poets will receive monetary compensation of a $150 stipend and have the opportunity to meet to discuss their work with a professor of poetry. Winners will also be recognized on the City’s website and public art app directory. Selected winners are encouraged to attend the Sidewalk Poetry Project dedication scheduled for summer 2021.
All submissions become the property of the City of Santa Clarita and may be published in print and/or on the City’s website. All entries must be submitted electronically. Entrants must complete the entry form in its entirety to qualify.
The entry deadline is December 15, 2020.
The entry form is


2020 Sidewalk Poetry Winners

Ten poems were selected as the winners of the 2020 Sidewalk Poetry Project, from more than 85 total submissions.

Ian Andersen

Blackened oaks and silver ash
Nurture serene spring saplings
Lifting arms to oceans of sky
Alive once more

Jessica June Rowe

Who says we don’t have seasons?
When the sharp edges of summer
fade and Santa Anas spring forth
and heat-curled leaves fall gold
and cover the Earth like snow.

Kathryn Jennings Fogg

Shadows cast
by leaves and birds
dance upon
a poet’s words.

Ashley Alvarenga

Howling winds caress the valley
Rolling Fields of onions
Oaks of the ranches
Yet here we are in the remnants
Oblivious to what once was.

Katherine Kihiczak

I learn calm riverside; summer
Reminds: it’s your river, too-
Call the current a song,
So its crests are drummers
Soft stones- a home in its blue.

Ojo Taiye

what’s desire if not some kind
of grace, my heart, a faithful
dumb muscle
beating only for
Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Garry Gay

drifting in sunlight . . .
dandelion seeds set free
by a puff of wind.

Amy Hough-Dugdale

Santa Clarita: sacred river.
Know the spirit of our name.
When winds and fires scorch
Let us remember
the spring that wells within.

Andrew McCutcheon

Thank you for stopping to read this.
Some might think you’re dawdling,
but a poem is a place
for us to pause, reflect and see
the world with different eyes.

Kaelyn Peay

The oaks here are a marvel.
Stoically fragrant with life,
their leaves curled,
green and grasping,
drinking the heat like water.