1. Is there an age limit for TOAST poets? All we ask is that a poet is over 18, and meets at least one of the criteria listed. There is no upper age limit!


  2. Is this opportunity for London based poets only?The opportunity is open to poets across the UK.  However, the workshops will be held in London so any applicants will need to travel to London for these workshops in this instance. We currently do not have funding to support travel bursaries.


  3. What is the focus of TOAST Poets?What we are offering here is professional development: our tutors will work with you on your writing and how you might present that to a publisher or audience. We are focused on YOU as a writer and your poetry and on curating a community of poets who will support one another in their development.
  4. Why TOAST poets?TOAST poets was developed after a consensus within the community of mid-career poets, who are working part-professionally or aiming to within poetry, that a sustained opportunity for development was missing from the literature scene.
  5. How many places are there?In this round of TOAST poets, there are 12 places available. Previously, we had over 90 applications. This means, if you are successful in your application, that if you are unable to attend more than one of the sessions listed above or you miss more than one session your place will be allocated to another poet on our waiting list.
  6. Does it cost me anything? Thanks to our funders Arts Council England, the workshops and mentoring are offered free to participants. You will need to be able to cover your travel to and from the sessions.
  7. Who runs TOAST poets? TOAST is run by poet/producers Harriet Creelman and Lewis Buxton. The scheme is funded by Arts Council England and supported by London’s literature development organisation Spread the Word.
  8. Do the poems I submit need to be unpublished? 
    No. We are happy to read poems that have been previously published. The poems you submit for application will not be published in any form by TOAST, we are using them to gain an understanding of your work.