Apply to Be a Member

So you’re ready to apply for membership? We’re so excited that you would like to join the League. If you haven’t yet, please 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
Membership applications are reviewed by a committee of print or spoken word poets, who assess the level of professionalism displayed in the applicant’s portfolio, CV, and sample of work.
If you were previously a member of the League, complete this form to reactivate your membership.

Please note:

  • Applications can take up to 8 weeks to process.
  • Payment should not be included with application.
  • We are not currently receiving mail or parcels at our Carlton Street office.
  • Due to COVID-19 adjustments, we are primarily accepting digital-only applications; if you must submit a hard copy of your book, contact
  • Applications should be submitted online.

Complete your membership application here:

If the form is not working for you, download this fillable PDF and e-mail it, along with your CV, poetry, and any other documents, to

Application contents:

  • All applications must include a literary CV outlining your publications, performances, and other relevant writing experience (eg. workshops)
  • Associate membership applications must have 10 poems–published or unpublished–for review, either as recordings, documents, or both; please put all written poems into one document.
  • Full membership applications from print poets should have their latest or forthcoming full-length collection of poetry as a PDF (or two chapbooks, or the full document of 48 cited pages of published poetry from independent markets, if that is what you are submitting as your application)
    • If you are applying with a forthcoming book, please also upload your contract
  • Full membership applications from spoken word poets should provide a maximum of 15 minutes of material for review; all material should be poetry. Spoken word material can be provided as links in a CV, or as MP3 or MP4 files in the file upload section