Regional Government of Madrid seeks talent among underground users through a short story competition

Any resident in Spain can take part with texts that do not exceed 100 words, which must begin with the phrase, As I walked along the platform. The winning text and the other 11 finalists will be published on large posters in the railway facilities

The Regional Government of Madrid is looking to discover talent and awaken the imagination of underground travellers and of all those with an interest in writing. To do that, Metro de Madrid and the School of Writers have convened the 1st Metro Tales Literary Event. Between today and 31 December at 9 am, they can present their short stories, explained the Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure.

All the texts presented must begin with the phrase, As I walked along the platform and they must be no longer than 100 words in total (without counting the title or the opening line). The stories must refer to the Madrid underground.

Each participant may send in as many stories as they wish, filling in the form on the webpage:, where the rules of the competition will also be defined.

The jury will be made up of the teaching faculty of the School of Writers, who will be tasked with choosing those texts that they consider to be the best both in terms of how they are written and the story they tell. In total, the jury will choose a winning story and another 11 finalists. The results of the competition will be published on Friday, 4 February.

The winning stories will be published on posters put up in the underground, which will include the QR code so that they can be listened to in an audio format.

The winner will also win an annual travel card valid throughout all the different tariff zones of Madrid, and both the winner and the finalists will receive free enrolment on an intensive short story course, lasting for one month, organised by the School of Writers.


More than 3,600 contestants took part in the Between lines short story competition that Metro de Madrid organised back in 2012, also jointly with the School of Writers, and the free publication Cuentos para el Andén [Stories for the Platform]. This competition helped see the different reflections and emotions of travellers on this mode of transport and was very well received.

Metro de Madrid has always shown a great interest in literature, as can be seen in the Books to the Street campaign, which held its 24th edition this year. Thanks to this collaboration, fragments of works by different authors can be read in the underground trains.

As part of this campaign, held in collaboration with the Association of Authors of Madrid, the competition was organised to create the initiative Choose your Destination, Literary Map of Metro de Madrid, which primarily sought to foster reading and publicise great literary works among users. Accordingly, the stations changed their name to those of the favourite literary works of readers and travellers in a new virtual literary map.

In addition, the Madrid underground has Bibliometros [Metro Libraries] – a system to lend out books free of charge, located in 12 stations on the underground, set up to facilitate reading by passengers.


David Pérez Consejero de Transportes e Infraestructuras y Presidente de Metro