St. Paul wants more words on its sidewalks.

Following the success of last year's inaugural "Everyday Poems for City Sidewalks" project, the city and Public Art St. Paul once again are seeking poetry submissions from residents.

People turned in more than 2,000 poems last year, and 20 winners were chosen. Their verses are sprinkled throughout the city's nearly 1,000 miles of sidewalks.

"Our sidewalk poetry effort brings art to the outdoors where it can surprise, inspire, and make us laugh, smile, and think," said Mayor Chris Coleman.

Amateur and professional writers of all ages are encouraged to submit two poems, up to 300 characters, on any topic appropriate for public reading by May 29. Entries are only accepted online.

Up to five people will receive $150 and their words stamped in concrete. Winners will be announced at the end of June.

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