Short Form Contest FAQ

What does short form mean?
250 characters or less, counting spaces and punctuation.

Do characters include spaces?
Yes, characters include spaces and punctuation.

Does the title count as characters?
Yes, if you choose to include one.

My submission is under 250 characters including spaces, letters, & punctuation… what can I do?
Try retyping your poem manually, as copy and pasting may be adding extra invisible characters.

How much does it cost to enter?
Nothing, entry is free!

How many poems can we submit?
One entry per contestant. Multiple entries will be disqualified. If you are having problems submitting, you will not be disqualified for submitting the same poem.

I’m having trouble submitting, should I receive a confirmation?
If you are using mobile, try switching to a desktop computer. After submitting you should receive a confirmation window. You will not be disqualified for submitting the same poem more than once.

Can international poets participate?
The contest is open worldwide.

How old do you have to be to enter?
All ages are welcome to participate.

What is the prize?
Multiple selections will get their submitted poem made into a graphic and shared on the @buttonpoetry Instagram page in the summer/fall.

Can the poem be previously published?
Submitted work must be an original poem and not violate copyrights. We are looking for new, unpublished work, but will accept if the work is self-published and/or does not violate any copyrights.

If the poem has been on my Instagram already can I submit it?
Yes, as long as it does not violate any copyrights and Button has permission to post.

Is there a preferred form, topic, or prompt?
Poem topic/genre is completely open and up to the author. Must be 250 characters or less.

Can the poem contain curse words?
Yes, we will not censor any poems.

What language does the entry have to be in?
Primarily in English, but we will accept words and phrases in multiple languages. The judges all read and write English.

When will we find out the results?
Button will only be directly contacting selected poets. Selections will be published to Button Poetry’s Instagram account summer/fall 2020.

Do we lose the rights to our work if submitted?
No! You are only agreeing to grant Button Poetry rights to publish your original work across the internet.