Callout to writers and poets in Nottingham!

Writers living, working or studying in Nottinghamshire are invited to apply for a commission to create work that celebrates the 50 years of friendship between Nottingham and Karlsruhe in Germany. There are many established relationships between the two cities, such as schools, colleges and workplaces who regularly hold exchanges. 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of this twinning, and a number of events and activities will take place throughout the year, culminating in the main activities in Nottingham during early October.

We are looking for a talented emerging poet interested in international relationships to mark 50 years of friendship with Karlsruhe.
The commissioned poet will spend time researching and experiencing the relationship between Nottingham and Karlsruhe. During this development and production period, the selected poet will write a minimum of one poem to mark the anniversary.
This brief is open to artistic interpretation. There is no prescribed structure or format for the work. The only requirement is that the outcome is a written response to be exhibited and performed as part of a series of events.
The poem/s will be exhibited online and in public venues, and may be translated into German if appropriate. In October 2019, the commissioned poet will be expected to perform at public events marking the 50th anniversary celebrations.
You may be asked to provide quotes for press releases or case studies, and participate in interviews with the press if appropriate (subject to your availability).

There are limited criteria for the commission. However, applicants must note:
• The successful poet will need to have availability to present work during a Civic Event/s between 3rd-6th October.
• Priority will be given to poets based in Nottingham, especially those who have an existing link to Karlsruhe
• The poet must demonstrable passion for literature, creative writing and poetry.
• The successful applicant will have a strong track record of performance or publication in reputable magazines, journals, or anthologies.
• The poet must have an ability to work within the date period. Exact days and working patterns will be agreed with NCC but you must have the capacity to meet the time requirements of the residency.
• The poet must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people with a range of diverse experiences and backgrounds.
• The successful applicant will be reliable and able to work on their own initiative.

The intention is that one poet will be commissioned, to a maximum budget of £500. This budget may be used as match funding to other funding already secured.

Please submit the following information:

  1. 250 words about why you would like to undertake this commission and how you would approach the project.
  2. Budget breakdown to include all incurred expenses
  3. Your CV
  4. A link to a website or portfolio that includes examples of previous work.
    Selection will be based on the enthusiasm for and approach to the project, examples of previous work, and your ability to deliver the work to a high artistic standard and within the timescales and budget.
    Please email your proposal to marked ‘Karlsruhe Nottingham 50 Poetry Commission’ by 5pm on Wednesday 8th May. Please contact Chelsey Everatt, Cultural Development Officer with any questions, via email, or telephone 0115 876 5205.
    Applicants will be contacted with the outcome by Wednesday 15th May 2019.

Rules and Regulations
• The deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 8th May 2019. Any submissions that arrive late will not be considered.
• If you wish to submit via hard copy, please contact us in good time to make alternative arrangements.
• The assessment of the submissions will be made by the team working on Nottingham Karlsruhe 50 celebrations at Nottingham City Council, with advice from UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature colleagues.
• We reserve the right to invite poets to an interview before a final decision is made.
• At our discretion, after receiving proposals, we are permitted to not commission any work, or commission multiple proposals.
• The decision of the decision panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into, in regards to decisions made. You must agree to this in order to be eligible.
• Once a decision is made, a detailed contract with agreed targets, outcomes and milestones will be agreed between the Nottingham Karlsruhe 50 team and the successful poet.
• The Nottingham Karlsruhe 50 team and the successful poet will meet through the project to discuss progress.
• The poet will be engaged on a contractor/freelance basis and paid on submission of invoice. You will be responsible for the tax due on this contract and, if applicable, accounting for the VAT.