Take Part

Risk A Verse open mic at StAnza, photo by Helena Fornells

StAnza March 2015, photo by Fiona Moore

Photo by Helena Fornells

Each year many people take part in StAnza events. If you would like to participate we offer lots of opportunities for this by including a range of interactive events and networking opportunities. We are also regularly approached by poets and other artists who would like to be invited to take part in future StAnza festivals and we give information below on how to apply. However, you don’t need to be an invited poet to take part at StAnza. The Taking Part menu on the Events Page lists the workshops, the StAnza slam, our annual masterclass and other events or projects in which you can take part. And because StAnza attracts publishers, editors, translators and event organisers from the UK and beyond, there are plenty of chances to network and socialise in the Byre and around town, including at free events.

If you would like to apply to be invited to take part in a future festival you should be aware that the planning process for each StAnza festival begins well in advance and such approaches should be made with this timescale in mind. We prefer that submissions are sent between April and August, and submissions should never be sent between November and March. We are also happy to receive proposals for events to be presented in partnership with publishers or other partners and on request we can provide a copy of an information sheet with more details.

The best way to find out what kind of material and events we feature at StAnza is to attend a festival, or by checking out live webcasts from the festival and our other digital and online projects. We regret that we are not able to consider for inclusion in future festivals any poet who has not already had published at least one full collection or one chapbook/pamphlet collection, unless they have a track record as a performance/spoken word poet. Poets and writers who wish to be considered, or their publishers or agents, should submit information on their previous publications, forthcoming publications, and the themes of their work, together with links to online audio or video clips of the poet reading his/her poems. As we are not usually able to cover travel costs for overseas poets coming to Scotland, any submission from or on behalf of an overseas poet should indicate that they are able to secure support to cover their travel costs.

Visual artists in any medium wishing to be considered for inclusion in a StAnza festival must demonstrate that their work includes elements directly related to poetry. We are able to consider work which incorporates poetical text, is a collaboration with a poet or poets, or addresses issues directly connected with poetry. StAnza is also happy to consider pitches by musicians (in any genre) wishing to participate in the festival. As above, for any ticketed events at the festival their work must be directly related to poetry. However we do also include music at free events.

Those submitting work should be aware that we receive a large number of submissions, of whom only a small number will be invited to take part at StAnza; that we programme to themes which influences decisions on poets or other artists invited to take part; and also that the consideration process takes a good deal of time. We regret we are unable to acknowledge or return material submitted, or to notify those submitting unless and until we are able to offer them an appearance at StAnza. Please do not send material in the form of email attachments unless requested to do so.

Initial enquiries by e-mail should be addressed to StAnza's Festival Director, Eleanor Livingstone, and can be sent to: director@stanzapoetry.org. Please confirm in any submission that you have read these guildelines, otherwise we shall assume you have not and in the first instance will simply refer you to them.