Call for Poetry


Fermentation Fest invites submissions for short poems which will feature in Fermentation Fest 2016. The short poems – PassWords form part of the Farm/Art DTour and are inspired by the Burma Shave roadside advertisements that appeared throughout the country from 1925 to 1963.  Each advertisement was a catchy poem or jingle spread out over a series of signs that motorists read as they drove by.  Up to six selected poems will be placed along the DTour, a 50 mile self-guided drive through the scenic farmland of Sauk County where artists -both visual and literary – explore the timeless connection between land and people.

Writers may submit up to three entries related to food, fermentation, agriculture, art, or the land. Entries must follow the Burma Shave format:  five lines of one to four words each, and lines two and five must rhyme. Each poem will consist of six signs – one for each line, and the final for the DTour logo and the poet’s name. Selected poets will receive $100 and will be featured on the Fermentation Fest website, as will honorable mentions.

All entries will undergo a blind jury process with final decision made by 2014 Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Max Garland. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2016. Entries may be sent via email to: or mailed to DTour Poetry c/o Wormfarm Institute, P.O. Box 625, Reedsburg, WI 53959.