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November 4, 2016

Maryland Purple Line

If you are a literary artist who is ready to think big, the Maryland Purple Line has an opportunity for you to consider. The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. Now in the final design phase, it is slated for 2022 completion, with 21 stations and 74,000 total daily riders projected by 2040. As part of the process,

“The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Project Management Consultant (PMC) is seeking literary artists to create a story to be integrated into the design and infrastructure of the future Purple Line transit corridor in suburban Washington, D.C. This is a call to all types of writers who wish to be considered for this opportunity to create a story that captures the essence of the corridor and text that will be incorporated into the stations along the line to be discovered by the ridership. This call will be used to generate a pool of candidates who could be selected to compete for this commission in the future.”

They offer the following definition of literary artist:

The definition of “literary artist” is meant to be broadly inclusive of artists whose work involves written material and is of recognized excellence in style and expression. For the purposes of this call, “literary artist” can include a writer whose work includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, scripts, lyrics, journalism and others whose work meets the criteria below. “Literary artist” can also include artists whose work combines performance and literature (for example, monologue, storytelling, spoken word) to the extent that their material is original and can be documented in writing.

This is an ambitious undertaking, but if you are a literary artist and are prepared to think big (and fast — the entry deadline is December 1, 2016), see the complete details on


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