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Dodge Poetry Call for Poets


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Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 04/15/2024
Website: https://www.njpac.org/dodge-poetry-festival-application/?utm_source=dedicated&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=poets_call

application overview

Submissions will be reviewed by an external panel that will be looking for poets who demonstrate the criteria below. Click here to download a PDF of the application. Please note that our selection is not based on degrees and credentials.

  1. Connection with Festival Themes & Communities
    Applicants should express how their work connects with Dodge Poetry themes of mobilizing communities for social change; challenging and reframing existing narratives and norms; and/or addressing empathy, healing, and repair for those who have experienced injustice.
  2. Audience Engagement
    Applicants should have an ability to deeply engage audiences and strengthen the meaning of their poetry through live performance/reading aloud, going beyond the page.
  3. Depth
    Selected artists will be able to bring their poems to life through their readings & performances either with offering contextual life experiences, and/or through the richness in craft, tone, and nuance in their poetry. We look for work that take leaps and asks courageous questions—the poems do not need to be technically perfect or have answers—but be searching and offer depth.


application details

Applications will be done through Submittable. If you require an ADA application accommodation, such as an alternative method to submit your materials, please reach out to us at DodgePoetry@njpac.org.

Once you’ve submitted, we are unable to accept updates or changes. We will notify all applicants with decisions by June 30, 2024. Please note that we are not able to accept print and hard copy materials. By submitting electronically, applicants are confirming that all submitted works are original and that they are the sole author.


Applicants will be asked to provide the following: 

Short responses and relevant experience

The following questions will provide information about the experiences you bring to the Festival:

  1. Tell us about your work and why you would like to present at this year’s Dodge Poetry Festival. Please see our values. No more than 250 words.
  2. Please share any relevant lived experiences that might shape or impact how you engage and present at the Dodge Poetry Festival. No more than 250 words.

Audio or video recording

1-2 recordings, audio and/or video samples totaling no more than five minutes. Please submit links to recordings of readings before a live audience. Any content over five minutes will not be reviewed. Please indicate start and stop time markers for each sample.

Work sample

Up to 10 pages of poetry in a 12-point standard font such as Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial with approximately one-inch margins. Start each work sample on a new page. Submit a sample poems that you would like to read in front of a live audience. Please include a range of poems that represent your work, and that you would consider reading at the Festival.

We are unable to offer feedback on submissions.

Contact: DodgePoetry@njpac.org Poetry
Email: DodgePoetry@njpac.org
Phone: (888) 696-5722

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