The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is seeking a new Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate for 2019! This redesigned program continues the tradition of honouring Saskatchewan poets and the poetry community, while adding the new position of Youth Poet Laureate and exciting new community engagement opportunities.
Please read the guidelines below, and email applications to the SWG Program Manager by February 7, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. A selection committee appointed by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild will select the Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate from eligible submissions. The successful poets will be announced in March.
Saskatchewan Poet Laureate
celebrate the spirit of the people and place of Saskatchewan through the literary arts
raise the profile of writers in Saskatchewan
elevate writing as a vocation
raise awareness of the power of poetry and the spoken word
act as an Ambassador for writing in general, poetry in particular, and for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
The Poet Laureate will meet the following criteria:
have a significant body of work, including a minimum of two books of poetry professionally published
have achieved recognition for the literary merit of his/her work
have a record of public involvement in the literary life of the province (e.g. teaching; delivering workshops; giving readings; writing reviews and articles; service on arts and literary boards and committees)
be a current resident of Saskatchewan, and has been a resident for at least 2 of the past 3 years
have means of reliable transportation
Duties of the Poet Laureate
represent the literary community at officially approved events throughout Saskatchewan to which the Laureate has been officially invited (may be up to 5 per year);
attend the following events: Saskatchewan Book Awards (April), Government House Inauguration and Poetry Soiree (April), Poetry & A Pint (May) and SWG Conference (October);
engage people in poetry by liaising with the SWG to create and coordinate a poetry event or initiative;
work with and advise a Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laureate;
use social media or digital engagement during their term to interact with people and advocate for the literary arts;
it is not expected that the Poet Laureate write new work for any event/invitation; the responsibility is on the PL whether to accept such a request.
Administration duties of the Poet Laureate
provide written reports to the Program Manager after each appearance including numbers
provide a year-end summary report to the Program Manager
attend occasional Advisory Committee meetings as requested
Length of Term/Remuneration for the Poet Laureate
The Poet Laureate term is for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.
The Poet Laureate will receive a $3,000 annual stipend. Travel expenses and reading fees for a limited number of readings will be covered. The Poet Laureate is expected to cover the costs of his/her own home office (e.g. long-distance telephone calls).
To apply for the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate position, please submit the following:
An application form
A literary Curriculum Vitae (max 5 pages); please ensure this includes a brief bio, a complete list of publications as well as evidence of your involvement in the literary life of Saskatchewan
A letter of intent (max 750 words) explaining the following:
Why you want to be the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate
How you meet the criteria of the position you are applying for
How you would like to engage people in poetry through an event or initiative. This event/initiative must adhere to the objectives of the Poet Laureate program and will be publicly accessible.
Your availability and ability as the nominated poet in 2019