Call-out for Instagram poetry

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:45

A whole new generation has taken to Instagram to create and share poetry. Often described as an underground culture, some of the most successful Instagram poets have millions of followers and post over a dozen new poems a day.

That’s why the National Poetry Library is asking poets and Instagrammers alike to share their work on Instagram, by tagging the library @nationalpoetrylibrary and using the hashtag #instapoetrylib. We are also looking for short poetry films which should be submitted using the same hashtag.

The best of these will be displayed in an exhibition at the National Poetry Library. From striking typographic design, to social comments and emotional confessions, this exhibition provides the perfect introduction to this emergent form of poetry.

National Poetry Library on Instagram

How to enter

Participants can start publishing their Instapoems and short films right now, and continue to do so until Wednesday 21 March.

All entries must be posted on Instagram using #instapoetrylib and tagging the library too (@nationalpoetrylibrary). Make sure you do this otherwise we might not see your entry! Only one entry per person.

By submitting your poems you are agreeing for your entry to be shown in the exhibition at the library.

We welcome you to play around with the form using images, illustrations, different typefaces or anything creative you want to explore - there are no limits! We are looking for interesting designs as well as strong poetic content.

There are no restrictions on location - this is a global competition so please share far and wide.

What you get

A selection of the library’s favourite poems will be displayed in an exhibition at the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre. Three of the selected poets will be invited to read at the opening event and will receive a £100 performance fee.

The National Poetry Library is based in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre. It holds the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.

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