Welcome to the application page for the 2019 Poetry Incubator.


  • Please submit answers to all application questions together in one document.  
  • Use the Add File button to find the file on your computer that you would like to submit. Select the file and click on the Open button. Your file will then appear in the "file" field. Review your information to confirm that it is correct. Click Submit and you're done!
  • You will receive a confirmation via email letting you know that we've received your application within a week.


  • Upload only ONE application.
  • We will inform all applicants about admission decisions by June 1st. 
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  • Only applicants that can commit to attending all incubator activities in Chicago (9AM Wednesday, July 24th to 10PM on Saturday, July 27th) AND can participate in the online evaluation and deliberation process to determine which two projects receive seed grants will be considered for admission (This evaluation and deliberation process will happen online and end by October 15th)

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Poetry Incubator.


The Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary

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