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

Each month we supply a compelling image and invite writers – published or unpublished – to submit a piece in response.

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.

Submission Guidelines

We release a new image on the 1st of each calendar month and accept submissions up until the 15th of the month. We will publish up to 100 writers over the course of the month.

Anyone, anywhere in the world, is welcome to submit to Visual Verse. To be eligible for publication please ensure your work is:

  • strictly between 50-500 words.
  • new writing and written specifically in response to our image.
  • written within one hour (time yourself, we trust you).
  • Submitted via our website before the 15th of the month.
  • Free from any kind of offensive or defamatory language or sentiment.

We are not looking for polished pieces – the one hour limitation does not allow for this – but we do expect you to edit your pieces and ensure they are the best they can be before they come to us. We are looking for quality writing, new ideas, innovative and challenging approaches and work that makes us excited about reading. We will not publish writing that is offensive or defamatory.

We currently receive around 150 submissions per month so it is not possible to reply directly to all contributors. If your work is published you will see it appear on the site during the month. If it is not published, please make sure it adheres to the rules above and try again next month.

Submit your writing here >

Published by The Curved House

Publisher/Curator: Kristen Harrison
Editor-in-Chief: Preti Taneja
Deputy Editor: Lucie Stevens
Editorial Assistant: Rose Warner Miles
Creative Director/Designer: Mr Pete Lewis

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