Application Guidelines - 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival January 19-24, 2015


Workshops are limited to 12 participants and three (3) auditors. You may apply online or by mail as indicated below. Applications may be postmarked or submitted online by the deadline to apply, November 10, 2014.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT TUITION                    $795
WORKSHOP AUDITOR TUITION                            $395
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCE (*)       $95 (1 Hour)
(The one-hour conferences are scheduled after acceptance.)

PARTICIPANTS: Tuition includes admission to all festival events and one Gala seat. Each participant may invite one guest for $125.

AUDITORS sit in on workshops as observers and receive all handouts under discussion, but do not share their own poems in workshop or at participant readings. Tuition includes admission to all events except the Gala. Auditors may purchase up to two (2) seats at the Gala @ $125 each. Auditors are accepted on a rolling admission basis.
ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES may be scheduled after acceptance and after workshop or auditor tuition is paid in full, and are subject to availability. Participants who have paid in full may request this individualized, one-hour conference with focused attention on up to ten (10) pages of poetry. Manuscript Faculty are: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. A fee of $95 is due with conference request by December 9th. A ten (10)-page manuscript due by December 19, 2014.

APPLY ONLINE: http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/apply/application. Deadline to apply on line: November 10, 2014.

APPLY BY MAIL: Mail the completed application form, three (3) of your best poems, with $25 non-refundable reading fee and $200 tuition deposit to: PBPF Workshops, 3199 B-3 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461. Postmark deadline, November 10, 2014.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 10, 2014.

WORKSHOP PREFERENCES: List up to four (4) workshops you will attend, and pay upon acceptance. After our reader selects the qualified manuscripts, we use blind lotteries to fill the seats. Please note that 90% of our applicants are placed in their first or second choice workshop, but we cannot guarantee such placement.

PAYMENT POLICY: Every application must be accompanied by a $25 non-refundable reading fee, and your $200 tuition deposit. Your 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.

Tuition balance is payable upon acceptance. Acceptances will be emailed shortly after November 18th. Should the balance of the tuition remain unpaid for 48 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.

WORKSHOP PREPARATION: After tuition is paid in full, participants will be advised of any advance or specific workshop preparation. When copies are requested, 17 copies should be made, in advance of arrival - to include the instructor, 12 participants, up to three (3) auditors, and one (1) assisting intern. On-site copying facilities are limited.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Your 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 for the workshop, should you have to cancel for any reason, we will exercise our best efforts to find a qualified poet to replace you. If we can do so, we will refund your tuition payment. If we cannot replace you, we will not refund your tuition payment. The later the cancellation date, the more difficult it is for staff to find a qualified participant. We recognize that emergencies do happen, and we will do our best to accommodate you. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to replace a participant in the event of a cancellation.