Take Part

StAnza March 2015, photo by Fiona Moore

There are lots of ways to be involved at StAnza – be that by performing at one of our events, volunteering for the festival, or taking part in one of festival workshops, open mics or masterclasses. And because StAnza attracts publishers, editors, translators, and event organisers from the UK and beyond, there are plenty of chances to network and socialise. The Taking Part menu on our Events page lists all our interactive events such as workshops and open mics, as well as other events or projects in which you can take part. For information on how to volunteer at StAnza or applying to perform at the festival, please see below.

We ask everyone taking part in the festival to abide by our Safe Spaces statement.

Volunteering with the festival

StAnza works with a large team of dedicated volunteers over the festival, including student volunteers who gain events management skills and experience through their work with the festival. If you'd be interested in volunteering with us, do get in touch by emailing lucy.burnett@stanzapoetry.org.

Applying to perform or exhibit at the festival

Photo: Helena Fornells

Please read PDF icon StAnza's Privacy Notice.pdf before applying to take part in a future festival. The planning process for each StAnza festival begins well in advance and approaches should be made with this timescale in mind. We prefer that submissions are sent between May 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.

To perform at StAnza, you should already have at least one full collection or one chapbook/pamphlet collection, or 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 their 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. Emails should be sent to lucy.burnett@stanzapoetry.org and the subject line in submission emails should read: "Submission to StAnza".

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. For any ticketed events at the festival musicians' work must be directly related to poetry. However, we do also include music more generally at free events.

We receive a large number of submissions, of whom only a small number will be invited to take part at StAnza; we programme to themes which influences decisions on poets and artists invited to take part; and the consideration process takes a good deal of time. We regret we are not always able 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 incoming Festival Director from 1 April 2021 and can be sent to: lucy.burnett@stanzapoetry.org. Please confirm in any submission that you have read these guildelines, otherwise we will in the first instance refer you to them.