Fermentation Fest Calls for “PassWords” Poetry Submissions

Fermentation Fest invites writers to submit short poems for PassWords, a Farm/Art DTour feature modeled after the Burma Shave roadside advertisements, which appeared throughout the United States 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 five selected poems will be placed along the DTour—a 50-mile, self-guided excursion through the scenic farmland of Sauk County, where artists explore the timeless connections between land and people. The DTour is the signature event of Fermentation Fest, which brings 22,000 visitors to South Central Wisconsin for visual art, pasture performances, local food, and more.


Writers may submit up to three entries related to fermentation, live culture, art, land, farming. 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 be featured on the Fermentation Fest website, as will honorable mentions.


All entries will undergo a blind jury process with final decision made by former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Max Garland. Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 24, 2018. Entries may be sent via email to: dtour.poetry@gmail.com, or mailed to DTour Poetry c/o Wormfarm Institute, P.O. Box 625, Reedsburg, WI 53959.