June 11-13, 2021

at the riverfront

2021 Columbus Arts Festival Word is Art Stage

If you are a poet, storyteller, or fiction/nonfiction writer, you are invited to apply to perform on the Word is Art Stage.

If chosen, you will present your work on the stage of the Word is Art tent—a live outdoor venue at the Columbus Arts Festival. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to share your talents with a live audience. Last year, over 75 performers took to the stage. This year, you could be one of them.

Submissions are reviewed by the Festival committee and a select number of applicants are chosen. The application deadline is February 21, 2020, and auditions will be held in March. The Columbus Arts Festival dates are June 12–14, 2020.

To apply:

1.  Fill out the application below.

2.  Attach the piece(s) you will be reading at the Festival. In consideration of the diverse attendees at the Festival, ALL WORKS must be appropriate for an audience in which children may be present. If your piece contains mature content or expletives, please edit or submit another piece.

  • Poets can submit 2 to 3 poems.
  • Nonfiction and fiction writers can submit up to 1200 words. This could be a short story, essay, or part of a longer work. Several short works are also acceptable.
  • Storytellers can submit up to 1800 words.

3.  If you wish to apply to perform in more than in category, you must submit a separate application for each genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, storytelling).


Questions? Contact Committee Chairperson Katherine Matthews or Festival Coordinator Jenica RichardsDeadline to apply is Friday, February 21 at 5:00 PM.

Applications must be received by Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

* indicates required field

* Status

* Select Type

Want to submit in more than one category? Please submit a separate application.

* First Name
* Last Name
Organization Name
* Mailing Address
If selected, necessary materials will be mailed to this address.
Address Line 2
* City
* State
* Zip Code (5 Digits)
* Phone
* Email Address
Registration confirmation will be sent to this address.
* Confirm Email Address

* Short Bio

Information listed may be used for Author biography and introduction


Is there a video of you performing? Add the link here.

Work Submission

Submit one document that contains the work(s) you wish to perform at the Columbus Arts Festival. (If submitting poems, please cut and paste the poems into one document). Accepted formats:

  • Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc/x)

Diversity makes us all stronger
GCAC is committed to working with artists and groups that are representative of our diverse community. If you are comfortable, please share a little bit about how you or your group self-identifies (race, ethnicity, gender, part of the LGBTQ+ community, part of the disability community, etc).
* I/We understand that the Columbus Arts Festival is an outdoor event which is open to the public. Any material or dialog that might be considered objectionable to parents of children will be edited from our performance piece.