Open Call 2017


Special news: the deadline for open call submissions has been extended to Friday, April 7! 

The 13th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, Saturday, October 14, 2017 seeks teams of poets, performers, and artists for the annual juried presentation of original collaborative works featuring poetry combined with visual and performance arts.

On Saturday, October 14th, this year’s festival will feature an evening celebratory showcase of poetry combined with visual arts, poetry with performance arts, and poetry in combinations never before imagined or known. The work will be presented live in a multimedia hall with a performance stage, a sound system, and a large-scale projection screen for artwork.

The festival is seeking proposals for such combinations of poetry and dance, music, theatre, or other performance arts; poetry and visual arts; or poetry in combinations the festival has not anticipated. Each type of collaboration will have 8 minutes for presentation during the show.

In addition, the festival is also seeking applications for a limited number of collaborations of poetry and visual art for physical display or installation in Belfast venues during the month of October without live performance or presentation.

In a separate event on Friday, April 7, the festival will host a panel discussion and featured readings at the Belfast Free Library, including readings by Gary Lawless, recently awarded the Constance H. Carlson Prize, and Belfast Poet Laureate Thomas R. Moore.

The Belfast Poetry Festival draws a devoted assemblage of poets and artists from across the state and beyond.

Submission Info:

All submissions will be juried by the Festival Committee.

To submit, email a sample of three poems plus images, clips, video, or website of the collaborating artist’s work and a brief written concept of your proposed poetry and arts collaboration. Please include appropriate bios (75 words or less) and web links.

Address submissions to by Friday, April 7, 2017.

Please embed poems in the email message text and send images and/or clips as attachments.  Selected participants will be notified in late April.

The festival follows a two-year rotation policy and discourages applications involving participants in last year’s festival.

Collaborations by teams of more than two people are welcome and encouraged.

We welcome your submission to join a diverse and rich celebration of the power of poetry to move hearts and minds. For more information, and for reference to previous festival performances, see the festival website at, friend The Belfast Poetry Festival on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or email