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Nomadic American poet Todd Boss invites you to tell him about your street, town, or neighborhood in 100 words or less. Your entry may be a poem, prose, short essay, list, or paragraph. The writing contest is open to residents of the United States.


One winner will be awarded in each of five U.S. regions: West, Midwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast.

















Winners: Winners’ entries will be published on Todd Boss’s website and each winner will receive ten (10) copies of an 8x10” custom Pam Gerbrandt linocut print based on the neighborhood or location described in the winning entry. 

About the artist: Winnipeg artist Pam Gerbrandt uses linoleum blocks to print beautiful, simple, black-and-white illustrations on archival paper. Each print is hand-signed by the artist and numbered in a limited edition. Gerbrandt’s illustrations of small towns decorate Todd’s poetry collection Someday the Plan of a Town

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2022. 


Click here for official contest rules and entry form

Someday the Plan of a Town (W. W. Norton & Co, 2022) is available wherever books are sold. No purchase necessary to enter. More about the book here.

Teachers, librarians, and booksellers: Help spread the word about this contest with these promotional tools to share on social media.


A Note from Poet Todd Boss

I quit my lease and sold all my things in 2018, and I’ve been a nomad ever since, house-sitting for 30+ strangers in cities and towns around the globe, from Austria to Australia! I love my nomadic life, but I have faith that one day I’ll find a place I just can’t leave. Do you live in such a place? Artist Pam Gerbrandt and I are eager to hear about it, and to learn why you love it so much. 

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