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2017 Words in Motion Poetry Book


Words in Motion

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Words In Motion is a literacy program that promotes an appreciation for the art of poetry. It is open to everyone living in the Wood Buffalo region. Whether you are a student, a professional writer, or a novice wordsmith, you are encouraged to participate.

An external panel of judges will select the poems to be displayed in Wood Buffalo Transit buses and on the Municipal website. Authors of the selected poems will be invited to participate in a celebration event at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library in April in honour of National Poetry Month.

The Words in Motion Program is now closed. Check back in November 2017 to learn more about next year's program!

Submission Criteria

Categories and Eligibility

  • Public: Anyone currently living within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo can participate.
  • High School (Grades 7 to 12): Students at any Junior High School or High School within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo can participate.
  • Elementary School (Grades 1 to 6): Students at any Elementary School within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo can participate.


  • Previously published poems will not be accepted.
  • Maximum of three entries per person.
  • There is not a maximum number of lines for a single poem. However, due to limited space on each bus panel, short poems (less than 20 lines) are preferred. Poems longer than that, if selected, may be shortened to fit in the space of the bus panel.
  • Submissions should be typed in a Word Document with text only. Do not include images or pictures.
  • Title of the poem, writer's full name, address and email address must be included in each poem submission. Please indicate whether you prefer to be "anonymous" or use a nickname.
  • A full address with postal code is required so that we can identify in which community you currently reside to ensure eligibility to enter this program. Applicants' address information is confidential and will not be shared or published externally. Email addresses are required to inform you of the selection result and invite you to the celebration event if your poem is selected. It will not be published.
  • Poems can be of any theme or form, and can be written in any language. If you are submitting a poem in a language other than English, you must also submit an English translation of the poem.
  • Class poems (i.e. poems collectively created by the whole class with teacher's guidance) are allowed. However, class assignments with teachers setting up a "formula" for students to fill in will be disqualified.
  • Poem selection will be based on originality, appropriateness, poetic techniques, organization & flow, emotion, image & imagination.

How to make a submission

  • For the Public Category, please submit poems (maximum three per person) by e-mail to If selected, your poem(s) will be posted on the municipal website and around the region on buses and bus shelters, unless there is inappropriate content and language.
  • For the High School and Elementary School categories, please submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit five to 10 poems from their class that they believe best meet the expectations outlined in the guidelines section. Please e-mail them to Please include the student's name, school name and grade level in each submission. Students' addresses and e-mails can be excluded as the classroom teacher will be the contact point.
  • Students who do not wish their poems to be selected by their teacher can also participate through the Public category (i.e. e-mail your poems(s) directly to However, please do not submit the same poem(s) through both categories.

For more information please email

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