In an interview Elizabeth Bishop was asked: What one quality should every poem have?
Her answer: Surprise. The subject and the language which conveys it should surprise you. You should be surprised at seeing something new and strangely alive.

Surprise us!

Please read these guidelines before submitting.

We welcome submissions of poetry film and recorded readings (either a video or a sound recording).

  • If submitting a poetry film:
    Poetry films should be no longer than 6 minutes.
    We are looking for poetry films that are primarily the work of the poet – or that has been made in close collaboration with the poet.
    Poetry films should be in English, or have English subtitles.
  • For submissions of poetry readings:
    Poetry recordings must be of one poem only, and must be your own poem.
    The recordings should be good quality recordings of video or sound.
    Sound recordings must be submitted on an MP3 file.
  • For all:
    Only one poetry film, video or voice recording can be submitted at a time.
    Poetry films and video readings need to have a link to YouTube or Vimeo. Please include a password if applicable.
    Previously screened, shown and published work is great, but please send us your best work.
    Poetry Film Live is unable to pay contributors.
  • By submitting to, and having work published by Poetry Film Live, you understand and agree to the following:
    All rights remain the property of the author.
    The author asserts, under his/her/their own liability, the complete right of use on used materials (images, words, sounds, music) that compose the artwork; the author undertakes complete liability for any breach of copyright laws.
    Work published will be archived on the site;

Thank you for sending us your work, We aim to get back to you within 2 weeks.


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  • If more than one other person is involved, please include details in the Credits section below.
  • Drop files here or