This is a call to Canadian poets — join us in sparking a love of poetry among students to last a lifetime!
Thanks to our partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, we are inviting poets from across Canada to work with us on a freelance basis.
Consult our eligibility requirements, read about the ways you can become involved, then apply for a poet account on our site.
Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie is committed to working with poets who can both connect with and challenge students’ perspectives. We encourage any eligible poet who identifies as Indigenous, LGBTQIA2+, as a person of colour, as a person who is D/deaf, or as a person with disabilities to consider joining our network.
Any page poet interested in joining our poet network must:*
- have specialized training or a combination of experience in the field of literature
- be recognized as a professional by peers working in the same literary artistic tradition
- have a history of publications in a professional context, implying an editorial selection process, with remuneration; more specifically, have published a minimum of 1 book or have a minimum of 10 poems published in literary magazines, periodicals or anthologies that are published by literary book publishers
- have a commitment to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
Any spoken word artist must:*
- be a professional artist and
- have created or publicly presented a minimum of 2 spoken word performances and have received an artist fee for them
*As per the Canada Council for the Arts’ Applicant Profiles.
With our Poet In Class/Poète à l’école program, we’ve brought dozens of poets into hundreds of classrooms, and this year, we will continue to expand our reach.
Class visits are scheduled between September and March of a given school year.
What experience is expected?
- Previous experience in high school classrooms or with high school–aged students is a clear asset.
- While our focus is on secondary schools, we are open to connecting poets with primary school teachers who have requested a visit — please indicate any relevant experience on your CV.
How will poets be compensated?
Poets will be paid a flat fee of $300/school visit. The total time for a school visit, including travel, should not exceed 4 hours.
Judge recitation contests
During the school year, we host live and online recitation contests, where poets judge students’ performances according to our scoring rubric.
A Team Regional is a live contest where teams from local schools compete against one another. These events last up to two hours, and judges receive an honorarium of $200 for their time.
We also have two online contests, The Junior Online Finals and the Online Qualifiers (formerly known as the Online Semifinals), in which judges use their own computers to watch and judge students’ recitation videos. Judging takes place within a two-week period, and judges receive an honorarium of $300 for their time.
What types of content will be assigned and how will poets be compensated?
- Lesson plans that will get students fired up about poetry: $250, published with attribution
- Dive Ins and one-liners to provide different access points to a poem (not all poems have them yet!): $100/poem, Dive Ins published with attribution, one-liners published without attribution
- Writing prompts (up to 200 words) to inspire students to find their own poetic voices: $50, maximum one per poet and published with attribution
- Other poets’ bios (100-150 words): $50/bio, published without attribution
- Extended poet biographies (300 words): $100/bio, published without attribution (we don't have any of these on the site yet, but we're eager to add some!)
Create your poet account application here: https://www.poetryinvoice.com/create-account
If you already have a poet account, you can log in