In partnership with the Edwin Morgan Trust, StAnza – Scotland’s International Poetry Festival – is holding an open-call for two poets-in-residence for the 2023 festival.  

The aim of these residencies is to support and promote marginalised voices in poetry. The residencies are open to poets of any level of experience who identify as being from a demographic that is currently under-represented in the literature sector. This includes but is not limited to: people from global majority backgrounds; those who identify as  LGBTQIA+; who are disabled (StAnza follows the social model of disability); those from migrant  and refugee backgrounds and those who are care experienced.  

Two positions are available: 
1. The Open Award – open to poets who are Scottish by birth or current residence
2. The Translation Award – open to poets who write in a language other than English  (including Gaelic & Scots), from any country  


Applicants are invited to send in proposals for new work which engages with the 2023  festival theme – WILD: forms of resistance. The notion of ‘wildness’ is being interpreted  broadly, to include work which responds to environmental or landscape issues, but not  exclusively so. StAnza are also interested in poets who take a ‘wild’ approach to their writing,  whether in style, aesthetics or form; in poets who seek to ‘re-wild’ the language; and indeed to those whose approach to the notion of wildness incorporates considerations of both  content and form! 

StAnza is also keen to receive submissions which align with Morgan’s own approach to poetry. This could include proposals that take an inventive and  playful approach to the brief; which engage with other disciplines such as science and  technology, or are forwards rather than backwards looking. StAnza believes that when responding to environmental issues, we are in need of innovation more than ever, especially where traditional approaches and forms of communication have perhaps faltered. 


The residencies will commence on 13th February until 31st March 2023.

Each poet-in-residence will:  
• Produce a body of work in response to the theme, and with consideration of  Morgan’s legacy  
• Perform/present their work at a dedicated feature event at StAnza Festival 23
• Have their work published on the StAnza and Edwin Morgan Trust’s websites
• Participate in proportionate and relevant marketing and promotional activity, based around the residency 
• Attend the StAnza 23 festival in St Andrews, 9–12 March 2023 inclusive. Poets who would only be able to attend the festival virtually are welcome to apply, with  recognition that this will involve experiencing only the digital-only and livestreamed  elements of the programme.  
• Submit a short, final reflection on their experience, at the end of the residency.  

Each poet-in-residence will receive:  
• A £1400 fee 
• All accommodation for the festival, as well as a subsistence allowance 
• All travel costs within the UK to reach the festival, with a stated commitment to  choosing alternatives to air travel (unless access reasons make that impossible)
• Access to a virtual archive of selected Edwin Morgan material, compiled by the  Edwin Morgan Trust 
• Access to all events at StAnza 23/all virtual events at StAnza 23 

Application process 

To apply, please send the following to with the subject line ‘Poetry  goes WILD’: 
• An outline of What you plan to do, How, and Why (300 words for each). Please  include details of what your intended output(s) will involve
• A sample of three poems
• A writer’s CV
• A note of which position(s) you wish to apply for (you can apply for more than one)
• Please also complete the StAnza Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form


• Those applying for the Open Award must be Scottish by birth or current residence
• Those applying for the Translation Award can be from any country, but must write in a language other than English. 
• Open to 18+, not in full time education  
• No previous experience is necessary

The deadline for applications is now closed.
Successful poets will be notified on 9th February.

About the organisation  
StAnza is Scotland’s annual international poetry festival, bringing poetry in all its forms and  many languages to Scottish audiences and worldwide. Since the festival was founded by  three local poets in 1998, StAnza has gained a truly international reputation. In 2021 our achievements were recognised when we won the Saboteur Award for Best Literary Festival  in the UK and this year’s festival was our 25th anniversary! 

StAnza Festival actively promotes readings in foreign or minority languages and has  featured poets reading in many of the national languages of Europe, as well as in regional  languages and dialects – including Scottish Gaelic and Scots-language poets. Whilst poetry is at our core, we’re very much a cross-arts festival: as well as readings, the festival features  theatre performances; workshops and masterclasses; films and video projections; children’s events; Open Mic sessions and a range of exhibitions and installations. In 2022, with our first hybrid festival, we received a Saboteur ‘Special Mention’, and 2023 will also be a hybrid  presentation. For more information on this year’s festival, visit or find us  @StAnzaPoetry. If you have any queries, please contact Suzie Kirk Dumitru at

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