The 17th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will take place January 18-23, 2021 in a totally virtual format. Poetry workshop faculty includes: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Eduardo C. Corral, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes, and Tim Seibles; Special Guest Poet is Gregory Orr accompanied by the Parkington Sisters, and our Poet At Large is Brian Turner.

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is dedicated  to fostering the writing, reading, performance, and appreciation of  poetry featuring  America’s finest poets. Festival workshop faculty are renowned for their award-winning work and their excellence as teachers of craft. The  festival offers a world-class, life-enriching series of poetry events for our audiences and participants. 

The festival also offers one-on-one manuscript conferences, which you may reserve with your application. Conference providers include: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres.

Our Community Outreach includes the Annual High School Poetry Contest for students in Palm Beach County High Schools. (see below)

Visit our website for upcoming faculty and workshop descriptions: http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

Festival Workshop Admission is by application. Individual ticketed and free events are open to the public. For more information and complete guidelines, visit http:www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

This application requires a $25 non-refundable reading fee and a $250 tuition deposit. Deposits may be refunded if an applicant withdraws prior to acceptance, or if the applicant is not accepted into one of the workshops selected in the application. For withdrawal prior to acceptance, a withdrawal fee of $25 applies.

Tuition balances are payable upon acceptance. Acceptances will be emailed shortly after November 20th. Once you pay in full, the workshop seat is reserved for you. All sales are final. Participant Tuition is $895.00, and Auditor Tuition is $495.00. Cost for the optional One-On-One Conference is $120.00. Tuition balances are due upon acceptance to a workshop.    

  • PARTICIPANTS: Tuition includes 16 hours of virtual workshop instruction and admission to all virtual festival events. Applicants may reserve an optional (one hour) one-on-one conference to be confirmed upon notification of acceptance.
  • AUDITORS: sit in on virtual workshops as observers and receive all handouts under discussion, but do not comment or share their own poems in workshop. Tuition includes admission to all virtual events, and observation of 16 hours of virtual workshop sessions. 

WORKSHOP PREFERENCES: List up to 4 workshops you will attend and pay for upon acceptance. After our reader selects qualified manuscripts, we use blind lotteries to fill the seats. About 90% of participants and auditors are placed in first or second choice workshop, but we cannot guarantee such placement.
INDIVIDUAL ONE-HOUR CONFERENCES: Workshop applicants may reserve a one-on-one conference to focus attention on up to 10 pages of poetry, with Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn,  Angela Narciso Torres, Nickole Brown, or Jessica Jacobs. Conference Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences will be accepted until December 1st on a space-available basis. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $120, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity!
WITHDRAWAL & CANCELLATION POLICY: Your tuition deposit will be refunded if you withdraw your application prior to acceptance, or if you are not accepted into one of the workshops listed on your application. After you have paid your workshop tuition in full, should you cancel for any reason up until December 28, 2020, we will refund your tuition payment, only if we can, after exercising our best efforts, find a qualified replacement for you who agrees to pay your tuition in full, and subject to a $25 withdrawal fee. Should you cancel after December 28th, no tuition refund will be made. We realize emergencies do happen, and we will do our best to help you should cancellation become necessary.
PAYMENT POLICY: Tuition balance is payable upon acceptance. Accepted applicants will be notified after November 9th. Should tuition balance remain unpaid for forty-eight hours after acceptance, your seat will be awarded to another qualified applicant and your deposit will be forfeited. Once you pay in full, the workshop seat is reserved for you. All sales are final.

This application is available to CantoMundo Fellows who wish to apply to attend the 17th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival through December 1, 2020. A Fellowship Recipient will be selected by mid December 2020 and notification will be made by email.

The fellowship covers Application Fee, Full Participant Tuition and Admission to All Festival Events. The approximate value of the scholarship is $895.00.

The application requires a writing sample and cover letter including an informal statement of need. Your application will be evaluated by our independent reader. Before you apply, please carefully consider your availability for the festival dates to be sure you will be able to attend virtually January 18-23, 2021, if selected. We are grateful for the support of a generous donor who has made this opportunity possible.

 

This application is available to Kundiman Fellows and any poet who identifies as Asian American, who wish to apply to attend the 17th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival through December 1, 2020. A Fellowship Recipient will be selected by mid-December and notification will be made by email.

The fellowship covers Application Fee and Full Participant Tuition. The approximate value of the fellowship  is $895. The fellowship is available to past and current Kundiman fellows, and any poet who identifies as Asian American.

The application requires a writing sample and cover letter including an informal statement of need. Your application will be evaluated by our independent reader. Before you apply, please carefully consider your availability for the festival dates to be sure you will be able to attend virtually in January 18-23, 2021, if selected. We are grateful for the support of a generous donor who has made this opportunity possible.
 

This fellowship application is available to poets who identify as African American and wish to apply to attend the 17th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020. A Fellowship Recipient will be selected by mid-December 2020, and notification will be made by email.

The fellowship covers Application Fee, Full Participant Tuition and Admission to all Festival EventsThe approximate value of the fellowship is $895. To apply, please submit a writing sample and cover letter of introduction, including an informal statement of need. Your application will be evaluated by our independent reader. Before you apply, please carefully consider your availability for the festival dates to be sure you will be able to attend January 18-23, 2021 virtually if selected. Please only apply for one fellowship. We do not accept multiple applications.

We are grateful for the support of a generous donor who has made this opportunity possible.

The Thomas Lux Scholarship application is available to poets who have not previously attended a festival workshop and who wish to attend one of the workshops at the 17th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020. A Thomas Lux Scholarship Award will be made by mid-December 2020 and notification will be made by email.

The Thomas Lux Scholarship covers Full Participant Tuition and Admission to all Festival Events. The approximate value of the fellowship is $895.00.

Any applicant who has not previously attended a festival workshop will be considered for this fellowship. To apply, please submit a writing sample and cover letter of introduction including a brief informal statement of need. Your application will be evaluated by our independent reader. Before you apply, please carefully consider your availability for the festival dates to be sure you will be able to attend virtually in January 18-23, 2021, if selected.

We are grateful for the support of the generous donors who have made this opportunity possible to honor the life, work, and poetry of Thomas Lux.

The 17th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites all Palm Beach County High School Students to send in one original poem.

  • The winner will receive $200 and a pair of tickets to the virtual Friday night reading event featuring Poet At Large Brian Turner
  • The four runners up will each receive $100 and a pair of tickets to the virtual Friday night reading event
  • All winners receive a one-year subscription to Poets and Writers Literary Journal
  • All of the prize-winning poems will be posted on the festival website: palmbeachpoetryfestival.org and will be included in press releases

ELIGIBILITY: All Palm Beach County High School Students, Grades 9-12 - Public, Private Charter Schools, and Home-School


RULES: 

  1. Poems may be submitted October 15th through December 1, 2020, as follows:
  2. Submit one poem, 30 lines maximum, single-spaced, 12-point type.
  3. Your name, address, phone number, email address, name of high school, teacher’s name, and grade level will be entered as you complete the Submittable entry. All entries will be read blind using Submittable. 
  4. By submitting a poem to the contest, the student agrees to be named in press releases and media stories about the contest and the festival.
  5. Your submission is an agreement that if selected as a winner, you will submit a video reading of the winning poem, and a headshot for promotional purposes.
  6. Any Submission containing profanity will be declined.

Submissions that do not adhere to these rules will be refused. Keep a copy of your poem, as the original will not be returned. Winners and runners up will be notified by January 1st, 2021.

DISTINGUISHED JUDGE:
Dr. Jeff Morgan, English Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida

Palm Beach Poetry Festival