Membership application

So you’re ready to apply for membership! We’re so excited to see what you send us. If you haven’t yet, be sure to review our eligibility criteria before applying. If you have any questions regarding which level of membership is best suited for you, please feel free to contact admin@poets.ca.

Applications can take up to 8 weeks to process.

Please note the following statement from the current membership committee, elected in June 2018: “All applications for Full Membership are reviewed by the Membership Committee, which is elected by League members at each annual meeting. This peer review process has been used throughout the League’s history. The Membership Committee ensures that all applications are assessed fairly and objectively. We evaluate the quality of and literary achievement evidenced by the material presented by the applicant. It must meet the standard of a minimum quantity of work that in the view of the Committee is of sufficient poetic achievement. It is a duty of the Committee to ensure that this material meets the standards required for membership in the League. The Committee also takes into account consistency with previous decisions and professional credibility. We want to admit as many new members to the League as possible, while maintaining the professional credibility of the organization.”

Once an application is approved by our membership committee, you will receive electronic notification and an invoice for an appropriately pro-rated membership fee. Please do not include payment with your application.

Applications can be sent by email to admin@poets.ca or to 1519 – 2 Carlton Street, Toronto ON M5B 1J3.

APPLY FOR FULL MEMBERSHIP ($185)

To apply for full membership, please include the following

  • A completed membership application form
  • 4 copies of your latest full-length poetry collection, or:
    • If you are applying with material other than a book, please submit 4 copies of each document being submitted for consideration
    • If you are applying with a large quantity of print materials, please consider submitting them electronically as a PDF or Word file
    • If you are applying as a spoken word member without an album, please be sure to include several links to videos or audio files of your performances
    • If you are applying with a forthcoming book, please send the publisher’s proof as a PDF and a scan of your contract via email
  • A complete literary CV outlining your publication and/or performance history and other relevant information

APPLY FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

To apply for associate membership, please include the following:

  • A completed membership application form
  • A document with 8-10 original poems (feel free to include links to video or audio files)
  • A complete literary CV outlining your publication and/or performance history and other relevant information

APPLY FOR STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

To apply for student membership (for elementary and high school students), please include the following:

  • A completed membership application form
  • A document with 8-10 original poems (feel free to include links to video or audio files)
  • A complete literary CV outlining your publication and/or performance history and other relevant information