Button Poetry Poem Cover Contest

The first-ever Button Poetry Poem Cover Contest is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted!

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Have more questions? Visit our Poem Cover Contest FAQ.

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Our next Video Contest will open July 19th – August 31st, 2022.

We are thrilled to host our first annual open-submission poem cover contest!

In honor of both National Poetry Month and the 10-Year Anniversary of our first ever poetry video posted on YouTube, we want to invite all of our fans to participate in celebrating some of the poems that we’ve all come to know and love over the last decade.

Unlike the Chapbook, Video, and Short Form contests, this Poem Cover contest is for the fans!

We’d like you to record yourself performing a version of your favorite poem from our channel, and challenge you to put your own spin on the piece.


Submissions open on April 29th, 2022 and closes on May 16th, 2022 at 11:59PM PST (US Time Zone).

The winner’s video along with multiple runners-up will be featured on the Button Poetry YouTube channel. The winner will receive admission to a calendar year of Button Poetry Workshops. Each workshop is $150 (total value of $900). That’s our biggest prize to date!

Entry to this contest is free for the first 800 submitters!
All submitters will receive a 20% OFF coupon code for a discount in the Button shop.

Age: You must be 14 years or older to enter.
Selection: You must perform a cover of a poem that has been featured on Button Poetry’s YouTube channel.
Language: We welcome any poetry performance or poetry short film in any language, as long as non-English videos come with English subtitles.

File Size: File size may not exceed 1GB.

Submission Format: Videos must be submitted using the submission manager on this page. Most common video file-types are accepted.

Rights: Again, you MUST submit a cover of a poem that has been featured on the Button Poetry YouTube channel.

Poem Title Inclusion: When you submit, you MUST include the title of the original poem AND a link to the video.

Collaborative Poems: Collaborative poems are fine! However, we will not accept duet versions that include a split-screen performance of the original video.

Video Quantity: Only one video per submission. Multiple submissions are welcomed. Please note that submissions which do not meet these rules may be disqualified.

Judges: Members of the Button Poetry staff and a carefully selected group of artists and judges will review all submissions to determine the winner(s).
Notices: You will be notified of your submission status as the contest progresses, via email to the address you used to make your submission(s) with. This will be done on a rolling basis as we move through the stages of the contest.

Timeline: We plan on announcing our selections on July 1st 2022, though this date is subject to change based on the number of submissions we receive.

Contact: Due to the high volume of submissions and questions we receive, please refer to our Poem Cover Contest FAQ before reaching out. We cannot guarantee a timely response to all questions. Any questions not covered in the FAQ can be emailed to: contest@buttonpoetry.com

Contact Email: The email address and name you use for your submission are what we will use to contact you. This is how we will let you know the status of your submission as the contest progresses.

Video Quality: While video and audio quality will be one factor in the judging process, the quality of the poem and performance themselves will be weighted much more heavily. That said, if possible, please use high-quality audio and video.

Poem Selection: We recommend you select your favorite poems, though advise against selecting one of our most popular videos. What we mean by that is that we hope we don’t receive countless versions of OCD by Neil Hilborn.

For all questions, please visit the Poem Cover Contest FAQ page or reach out to contest@buttonpoetry.com

If you are having issues submitting, you can contact Submittable’s tech support, support@submittable.com