Graduate commission for Same But Different – The City Speaks

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About the project:

We are offering a paid creative opportunity for a recent graduate/collective (graduated within the last 12 months) to write a piece of new work for The City Speaks, a curated poetry project for our summer festival, Same But Different.

We will be bringing the words of creative writers and poets from across Worcestershire and the rest of the country, to the streets of Worcester. 

About Same But Different: 

Same But Different is made up of a range of events taking place across the city. 

The same city and streets but a little bit different – making the everyday less ordinary in a fun and playful way for the duration of the festival. 

Commission Brief:

We are offering a creative opportunity for a recent graduate (graduated within the last 12 months) to write a piece of new work for Same But Different responding to one of the following themes:

  • Hope
  • Joy
  • Things I’ve missed

We want to hear your own original style and tone of voice. What would you want to share with the people of Worcester?

The work must be ready by the end of May 2021 and follow the submission criteria listed below. The chosen work will be produced in conjunction with The Arches Worcester Festivals team, with support provided by the Festivals Director and Festivals Producer. The work must be new and original and not something that has been written or published before.

The commissioning fee for this opportunity is £250.

How to apply

Applications, including your poem, can be submitted by email to David Edmunds, Festivals Director at [email protected] OR by filling this online form by 2 May 2021.

We encourage submissions from those who are underrepresented including but not limited to, disabled artists and people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

If applying by email, please ensure your submission is no more than two sides of A4 in DOC or PDF format and it includes all of the required information listed below:

  • Your first name and surname
  • Your contact details (phone number / email)
  • Where you studied and when you graduated
  • An overview of your creative practice. Please include any links or files to examples of your work
  • Which theme are you responding to in your poem? (Hope, Joy or Things I’ve Missed)
  • Your relationship with Worcester as a city or how this opportunity may enable you to develop one. (E.g., Do you live, learn or work in the county, or do you have any plans to do so in future?) (800 characters max., approx. 150 words)
  • How would this commission develop your own creative practice? (800 characters, approx. 150 words)
  • Social media tags / website details
  • Your poem submission – this can be in written, audio or video format. (Please follow the Submission Criteria listed below)

    Submission criteria for your poem:  

    • Ideally no more than 16 lines of text. 
    • The more lines you have, the shorter the word count per line will need to be.  
    • The shorter the lines are, the more visually playful we can be with them. 
    • If you want to enter a piece with very few lines (1 to 3 for example) they can be longer sentences. 
    • We encourage a range of styles and formats, from inquisitive and provocative poetically structured sentences to haikus. 
    • Piece can be in any language. 
    • Playfully formatted/structured work is encouraged.