Sad Poets Doorstep Club Open Call

Margate Bookie’s Young Producers want YOU to perform at the biggest Sad Poets Doorstep Club EVER!

The Margate Bookie Young Producers are looking for poets to perform at the BIGGEST instalment of Sad Poets Doorstep Club yet!

Sad Poets Doorstep Club is an online queer-friendly mental health themed poetry night that seeks to promote marginalised voices and fight the stigma around mental illness; headlined by some of the UK’s most exciting emerging talent as well as established performers, this night pulls no punches in its quest for diverse representation and a safe space to perform and grow, educate and celebrate. 

Selected entrants will get the opportunity to perform at the next Sad Poets Doorstep Club, being run in conjunction with the Margate Bookie Festival, on the 17th of September 2021.

Applications to perform should be sent to with the following information:

  • Professional biography, no more than 50 words, including the name you would like to be known as and your pronouns
  • A headshot to be used in marketing material
  • Links to previous performances (online preferred)

Applications will close on the 5th of September, and poets will be contacted within a week of that date.

Code of Conduct:

  • Please include a maximum of three links to previous performances (links to online performances is preferred so we can get an accurate estimation of how your set will look on the night), a maximum 50 word bio, and 1 headshot that you consent to being used in marketing material. No covering letter required.
  • Poets will be contacted via the same email they applied through, whether successful or not. Successful poets will be invited to perform an 8 minute set on Zoom on September 17th, and are expected to log in from 6.30pm for informal introductions and last minute prep including rules refresh and mic checks. Your set should be practiced and timed beforehand. If anyone exceeds their time by more than 30 seconds, they will be muted and the host will introduce the next poet. The host will introduce you by reading your submitted bio, which does not affect your time.
  • No bigotry of any kind will be tolerated in the application or set: no racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, ageism, fatphobia, xenophobia, religious prejudice – poetry on your personal experiences of the prior is acceptable ONLY with the correct trigger warnings.
  • SPDC is a mental health themed night, so content on this theme is preferred, but not mandatory. 
  • SPDC is a night that welcomes sensitive material, especially on the topic of mental health. Trigger warnings are mandatory for sensitive content both in the application (if applicable; especially if any links contain sensitive material) and prior to performing your set on the night.
  • Priority will be given to poets who have not performed at SPDC in the past, but do not let that put you off applying if you have attended in the past.
  • Submissions received after midnight on the closing date will not be considered.
  • Any further questions can be sent to
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