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.

When the file has been added and your upload shows as complete, we receive your full entry notification on our end. Your page won't be redirected and you won't receive a confirmation email, but as long as the page says your video has been uploaded, this means we have received your entry.

After this we will be reviewing and transferring entries over into our YouTube channel 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 would be fantastic. If you can’t gain help from someone else you can select your ‘stage’ and sit 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 Digital Culture Network’s tips found here to get started:

We don’t want special effects or costly production – we want your poem, you and your voice to shine through. 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. We aim to begin publishing to our YouTube channel after April 20th 2020 and then on a rolling 14 day basis until entries close in September.

You won't be notified when your poem gets transferred to our YouTube channel, but you can check to see it it has been added by visiting the WordView 2020 playlist. Please allow 14 days after your entry.

If you don't see your poem on our YouTube channel after two weeks, please feel free to reach out to us via our website contact form and we can check if there has been a problem, it may take us a little time to come back to you on specific entries, but we appreciate your patience and understanding.

How will you let me know my submission has been posted to YouTube?

You won't be notified when your poem gets transferred to our YouTube channel, but you can check to see it it has been added by visiting the WordView 2020 playlist. Please allow 14 days after your entry.

How will I know if my poem is included in the Poetry Archive Annual Collection on your website?

We will email you to congratulate you and ask for your payment details so we can arrange to pay a royalty fee of £100. We will then work with you as we launch this new collection to the world.

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

Each poet chosen for a special collection on our Archive will be offered £100 royalty fee for the use of their poem. As a charity the Poetry Archive is sadly unable to pay a royalty for every submission we receive as we truly hope that many hundreds of poets will have work they want the Archive to keep. For every poem published to our YouTube channel we promise our staff team will work to bring new audiences to your work though our marketing, newsletters and social media activity – and we will promote this initiative far and wide. We will welcome you into the Poetry Archive family by committing our archiving resources and expertise to ensure your poem is stored carefully, included in our master catalogue and maintained in our Archive securely for future generations to find and enjoy. You will always know the Poetry Archive keeps your poem safe!