Line Break Query Guidelines

Line Break is currently closed to queries from poets interested in participating in the show.

Episodes will air on WBCQ Shortwave’s Radio Angela lineup, either after a music program or A Way with Words. I’ll also post each episode to our podcast after the program has aired.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Three and a half to four minutes of recorded poetry per poet. I’ll feature one poet per episode. (You can introduce your poems if you’d like or just read poems. The time is yours. Just keep in mind that this is FCC territory, so keep it clean, and since this is for general audiences, no objectionable material.)
  • Literary poetry, speculative poetry, science poetry, and any combination of those genres are welcome.
  • Since I can’t pay, I’m more than happy to reuse audio you recorded for other purposes, as long as a.) you have the rebroadcast rights and b.) the audio quality is good. (In other words, please don’t send me a phone recording from the back of a busy coffee house….)
  • Non-exclusive broadcast rights for radio and the podcast.

If you’d like to participate, please listen to these recent episodes as posted on the Episodes section of this site.  After listening, send me an email with the subject “Line Break Query” and including the following:

  • A bio, including recent books/publications/awards, etc.
  • Sample poems (we can change these later if the recorded time falls too far outside the 3 1/2 – 4 minute time frame) in the body of an email. Published poems preferred.
  • A quick intro note including where you saw this posting and your recording experience.

Please do not do any of the following, or I will delete your email unread:

  • Send any attachments.
  • Send me anything that would be on the standard “don’t send us this” submissions requirements. Think PG with regard to language and content.
  • Send anything that isn’t poetry. (Prose poems are fine.)

I’ll try to get back to everyone as soon as I can, but this is a one-person operation, so please be patient. If I’ve turned down your submission, please wait six months before querying again. Thank you.