2013 Mass Poetry Fest Call for Proposals

Dear Poets, Poetry Organizations, Presses, and Editors:

The Fifth Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be held May 3-5, 2013 in beautiful downtown Salem, Massachusetts.

The submission period for the festival is now open. You may submit your proposal here:
The period will run from September 15 to October 30.

Only submissions made in the online form provided will be considered. While there is no fee to submit program proposals, any expenses incurred in the process of submission will be the responsibility of the program/project organizer(s).
The festival seeks programming that encompasses the diversity of Massachusetts poets. Within that diversity, we will select the highest quality content and presentation possible. We seek diversity of age, region of the state, language, gender, background, race, and ethnicity. Additionally, we want to encourage a range of presentations—in particular, from people who are submitting proposals with us for the first time.
While we welcome all types of programming, we especially encourage programming geared to the following topics:
  • Poems of place
  • Poetry and the body
  • Multicultural poetry
  • Poetry of conscience
  • Poetry of gender and sexual orientation
  • Poetry and culture through food
  • Translation
  • Sessions specifically toward college students, high school students, and children and families
  • Poetry Installations
  • Workshops
Note: The festival does not schedule individual poets for readings. We will, however, accept proposals for workshops from an individual or from group workshop leaders. All other programs are for groups of poets and presenters.
Our criteria for submissions are based on the following:
1. Originality—Is this proposal truly unique from what we have seen at prior Mass Poetry Festivals?
2. Quality—Is this a proposal for high quality programming? Is there evidence—references, examples of previous performances—that demonstrate that quality?
3. Diversity—Does the program reflect the festival’s values?
4. Audience—Will this program help build a larger audience? Everyone who participates must help publicize the festival in smart, creative ways.
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Thanks again for helping us celebrate the poetry community in Massachusetts and beyond.
All the best,
January G. O’Neil
On behalf of the Festival Planning Committee


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