How do I submit my entry?

Go to the 'Submit your poem for 2024' section and fill out the submission form. On the final page of the submission form upload the file of your video entry and you're done!

How do I know my entry has been received?

When filling out the submission form, you will be asked for details about yourself, then about your poem and the final page will allow you to upload a file.

If you do not hear from us you have not been selected for the final twenty in this year's competition.

When your entry has been completed, you should receive an auto-generated acknowledgement.  Please check your junk and spam folders for acknowledgements if they do not arrive in your inbox.

If you do not receive an auto generated acknowledgement, please send an email to and we can check if there has been a problem. We a small team and our working days are usually Tuesday to Thursday so it may take us a little while to get back to you.

How will I know if my entry is one of the winning twenty poems?

We will email you to congratulate you.  We will ask you to submit an invoice for permission to host your entry on our website, You Tube Channel, and promote your entry in our newsletters, online collections, and other official Poetry Archive social media channels. We will ask you to include your name, address and payment details on the invoice. This will enable you to receive the £100.00 royalty fee.

We will let you know when the winners’ collection each year is published on the Poetry Archive website.

If you do not hear from us you have not been selected for the final twenty in this year's competition.

Why don’t you pay a royalty fee for all submissions?

Each poet chosen to go into the winners’ collection on the Poetry Archive will be offered £100.00 for the use of their poem.  As a charity, the Poetry Archive is unable to pay a royalty for every submission we receive.  For every poem published to our You Tube channel, our staff team will work to bring new audiences to your work through our marketing, newsletters and social media activity and we will promote the initiative far and wide.  We will welcome your poem into the Poetry Archive family by using our archiving experience and expertise to ensure your poem is stored carefully, included in our master catalogue and maintained for future generations to find and enjoy.

I don’t see my entry on the YouTube channel, what should I do?

It takes us a little while to process applications as they come in and transfer them to YouTube. We aim to upload videos within 14 days of receipt.

How should I make my film? / What do you want my submission to look and sound like?

We think home-made videos via phones, or via your PC, Mac or laptop are fantastic. Last year we loved those little windows into the places you come from, whether they were indoors or outside. If you can’t gain help from someone else you can select your ‘stage’ and sit with your hand held device / laptop in front of you and record your whole poem in one take. So long as we can hear you clearly and see your face – we will be happy and so will our visitors who come to listen to your poems. YouTube has some great advice on how to make a great home-made video. Try this video to get started (after reading their privacy notice). You can read or recite your poem from a book or piece of paper, you can be seated, standing, in a full shot or just a head-and-shoulders. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and speak clearly so we can fully enjoy your poem.

I'd rather not be on camera / Can I send a voice only poem?
The Poetry Archive Now competition is for video poems only, but we don't want to exclude anyone who faces special circumstances which might mean they are unable to make a video.

You can submit a video that has you reading but does not feature you on camera, simply use a static image to accompany the audio, or get creative and think of other ways.

There may be some exceptional situations where we will be able to help you enter a voice only poem if you don't know how to make it a video - please send us an email if you want to find out more.

I submitted my poem but I haven’t heard back from you yet.
We are a small team and it is most likely we have had multiple entries and are working our way through them. If you haven’t heard from us after 2 weeks of your entry please send an email to and we can check if there has been a problem. Many thanks for your patience and understanding.