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Thank you for your Colorado Poet Laureate nomination.  Any organization or individual may nominate poets for consideration. Nominators should work closely with their choice to submit the nomination form and information requested. Self-nomination is also an option. The Colorado Poet Laureate must be a legal, full-time Colorado resident for at least three years prior to the nomination deadline. The Poet Laureate must also remain a resident of Colorado during the term of office and must pass a standard background check. Nominations must be submitted no later than February 1, 2019. If you are nominating someone else, please ask him or her to help you complete the required submissions.

Please submit the following:

A completed Colorado Poet Laureate Nomination includes 

A) The fields in this form

B) One page maximum answer to each of the following questions:
1. What is your vision of the role of a Poet Laureate?
2. Why would you like to be selected as the Poet Laureate of Colorado?

C) Resume

D) Name and phone number of three references

E) List of publications and poetry readings

F) Up to ten pages of poetry

G) Video of a poetry reading (not more than five minutes) in .mp4 or .mov format

If you do not have all your files ready to upload when you create your account, please select SAVE DRAFT. Once you are ready to complete the full upload, click the submit button. 

If you have any questions, please contact Brynda Shingles at shingles@coloradohumanities.org or (303) 894-7951 x11.

The Poet Laureate position was created to promote an appreciation of poetry in Colorado and to honor outstanding Colorado poets. The Poet Laureate serves as an active advocate for poetry, literacy, and literature by participating in readings and other events at schools, libraries, literary festivals, and the State Capitol. The Poet Laureate will also provide the Governor with an annual account of the impact and success of the Colorado Poet Laureate program.

The selection of Poet Laureate will be based on artistic excellence, a demonstrated history of community service in the advancement of poetry, and the ability to present poetry effectively. A review panel will be convened to review nominations and make recommendations to the Governor, who will make the final selection. Complete nominations will be accepted November 15, 2018 through February 1, 2019. The Poet Laureate chosen by the Governor will serve a four-year term beginning in July 2019. 

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book and Colorado Creative Industries annually supply the poet laureate with $2,000 honoraria and up to $2,000 travel expenses per year related to public presentations.

Please note: if you have not used Submittable before, you may have to create an account before beginning the nomination process.  

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book’s Book Awards Advisory Committee assigns selectors and judges to create panels of diverse readers (e.g., scholars, librarians, booksellers, teachers and writers) from across the state. The Book Awards judging process has two parts:

Selection of finalists begins November 2018 and completed by end of February 2019. Judging of finalists begins March 1, 2019 and completed by April 1, 2019.

Selectors help choose three finalist books in a given Colorado Book Award category in a three-member committee using a rubric sheet we provide. The number of books assigned to a selector varies based on the number of entries submitted in each category. If selectors cannot come to agreement, final overall scores will be used in determining a finalist.

Judges help choose a Colorado Book Award winner in a three-member committee using a rubric sheet we provide. During the month of March, the committee reads and assesses finalists in each category to select a winner in each category. If judges cannot come to agreement, final overall scores will be used in determining a winner.

Participating as a selector or judge provides you with an opportunity to see firsthand what leading members of Colorado’s book community are creating in a category. 

Selectors and judges do not receive compensation for serving but will receive a complimentary ticket to the 28th Annual Colorado Book Awards celebration in 2019 and may keep the books they review. 

There is no limit to how many years a selector or judge may serve on a committee; however, selectors and judges may not be asked to serve in consecutive award years on the same category committee. An individual may serve as both a selector and judge in any given awards year, provided s/he adjudicates different categories.

A facilitator may be appointed to the category by the Colorado Book Awards Advisory Committee to lead the category committee. The facilitator is asked to guide selectors and judges through the process and to lead the committee discussions. In lieu of a facilitator, the Colorado Book Awards program coordinator will serve in this role. Selectors and judges are asked to come prepared to both contribute and listen in a civil discussion, demonstrating respect for fellow selectors and judges, authors and publishers. The information about which books were entered, the adjudication process and all discussions about entries are considered strictly confidential.

Book Formats & Reading Requirements

Selectors and Judges will be provided hard copies of all entries, but if an emergency arises, we will give access to the PDF version of the book. To review such digital books, aside from having a verified email address, you will also need Internet access and a computer, iPad, Nook, Kindle, or other e-reader that handles a PDF file format. When you are assigned as a selector or judge, you will receive additional information and training on how to access and use our online Submittable portal, if necessary.

If you have any additional questions please email bess@coloradohumanities.org.

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