Submissions FAQ


Q 1: When is the next Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival?
A: The Dodge Poetry Festival will return to downtown Newark, New Jersey in October 2020, exact dates to be determined.

Q 2: When is the deadline to submit to read at the 2020 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival?
A: October 15, 2019.

Q 3: What materials do you require for my online submission to be reviewed?
A: See table below.

Audio or Video Recording

1-3 audio or video recordings, preferably before a live audience.

1-3 books/chapbooks

If you have a digital copy of your book(s)/chapbook(s), please upload the digital version(s) directly in the online submission form. If you do not have access to digital book(s)/chapbook(s), you may mail them.

Work Sample

Approximately 20 pages of poetry in 12-point standard font (such as Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial) with approximately one-inch margins. Please select poems that you would most like to read in front of a live audience.

Cover Letter

No longer than 1 page. 

Help us get to know you. Tell us about the particular point of view and perspective that you would bring to the Festival. What types of readings and conversations would you most like to take part in?

Resume/C.V.

No more than 2 pages.

Q 4: Where do I mail hard copy materials (books, chapbooks, CDs)?
A: Our preference is for all of your materials to be uploaded or linked in the online Submittable application. However, if you do not have digital files or links to your book/chapbook or audio/video, you may mail those materials to:

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Attn: Dodge Poetry Festival Submissions
14 Maple Avenue, Suite 400
Morristown, NJ 07960

Q 5: How many of my books should I upload or send?
A: 1-3 book/chapbook titles are acceptable. If you plan to mail any titles, please note them in the Submittable application form. When mailing books/chapbooks, please be sure to include in the package a document with your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

Q 6: I don’t have a published book.  Can I still submit?
A: Yes.  Please submit 20 pages of your best work. 

Q 7: What should I write about in my cover letter?
A: The cover letter is a good opportunity to tell us about the particular point of view and perspective that you would bring to the Festival. What types of readings and conversations would you most like to take part in? You may find it helpful to read our Description of Events from the 2018 Festival to get a sense for the types of conversations and readings that Festival poets engage in. 

Q 8: What kinds of poets do you look for?
A: We suggest you review bios of Festival Poets invited in previous years: http://www.dodgepoetry.org/festival-events/lineup/

Q 9: I don’t have an audio or video recording of my readings. What should I do?
A: Because we are curating a live event, this supporting material is very important. Our preference is for a recording of you reading in front of an audience, but we will accept any video or audio recording you are able to send of yourself reading your work that represents your reading style and presence. Please don’t over extend yourself, financially or otherwise, to produce something just for us.

Q 10: How long should the audio or video recording of my reading be?
A: We do not have a time limit, but between 5 and 30 minute samples are ideal.  Please provide 1-3 recordings and indicate start and stop times of your readings.

Q 11: What kind of technical audio or video quality is expected?
A: We understand recordings vary in technical quality and are not requesting or expecting broadcast quality, professional recordings.  Please select from what you have or what you’re able to easily record.  We prefer live recordings before an audience. 

Q 12: What should I not include as supporting materials?
A: Do not send press packages; press clippings; book reviews; and proposals for workshops, panel talks, seminars, group readings, or presentations.

Q 13: I submitted my online form by the deadline but my supporting materials are postmarked after October 15, 2019.  Will you still review my submission?
A: Out of fairness to others submitting, the review panel cannot consider your submission for the 2020 Festival if any part of your submission is incomplete by the deadline. 

Q 14: Will Dodge return my hard copy materials (i.e. book, CD)?
A: Please only send us materials you do not need returned.

Q 15: How do I know my submission has been received?
A: After you have completed the Submittable application, you will be sent an e-mail confirmation that your application was received. If you still need to mail in materials, you will be sent another confirmation e-mail once the mailing has been received. If you have not received a confirmation e-mail within two weeks of submitting materials, please e-mail us at submissions(at)grdodge(dot)org.

Q 16: When should I expect a response from Dodge about my submission?
A: You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of materials after you submit.  After this initial confirmation email, you may not hear from us until July 31, 2020, when we will send final regrets to those we have not been able to invite for that year. Poets we plan to invite to either the Festival or other Dodge Poetry programming will likely hear from us before then.

Q 17: Is it possible to receive feedback on my submission?
A: A great deal of time is invested in ensuring that every submission is carefully reviewed. As a result, there simply is no time to offer feedback. Please respect our process by not calling or writing requesting such feedback or asking for updates on your submission.

Q 18: Is there a fee to submit?
A: No, there is no fee.

Q 19: I have additional questions that aren’t answered here.  How can I reach the Dodge Poetry Program staff?
A: You can email us at submissions(at)grdodge(dot)org.