Visual Verse is a collaboration. An anthology of art, poetry, short fiction and non-fiction.

We supply a compelling image and invite writers – published or unpublished – to submit a piece in response. There is a catch: you must write it within one hour and it must be between 50 and 500 words.

Visual Verse is a celebration. Of the drama of seeing and the desire to express it. Of the things that inspire us, move us, and that we find hardest to articulate.

Visual Verse is a challenge. We offer you the chance to experience the rush of writing without overthinking. Sometimes strange, sometimes beautiful, let the picture be the start of something you can’t predict: your own response.

Submit your writing here >

Published by The Curved House

Editor: Preti Taneja
Creative Director/Designer: Mr Pete Lewis
Publisher/Curator: Kristen Harrison

Copyright to the works published on this website are held by the respective authors and artists. No part of this website may be reproduced, stored in a retrievable system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the authors and artists. Please contact individuals for permission.

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We would like to thank our patrons for supporting Visual Verse and for their creative and artistic input in the development of this project.

Bernadine Evaristo
Cathy Galvin
Mark Garry
Andrew Motion
Marc Schlossman
Ali Smith