Indie Poetry Please: Submission Guidelines


Poets, like all creatives, have to support each other. I run a small poetry contest each month on my Instagram poetry account, now followed by 25k+ poetry lovers. It's called Indie Poetry Please.

The aim of the Indie Poetry Please poetry contest is to introduce my poetry readers to some inspiring work by other indie poets.

Indie Poetry Please: How to Submit

If you're a poet and on Instagram, you can apply for a repost through open submission. Entry is free and couldn’t be easier (prize details below).

  1. To submit:

    1. Follow @ornaross.poetry

    2. Post your poem in the comments box of the latest contest callout on Instagram. One entry only per person. If you'd like a reminder and link when a new prompt is released, sign-up here

    3. Tag other poets.

    If you need an example poem, scroll to see my own work on the same theme.

Indie Poetry Please: The Selection Process

Various considerations go into the selection process, including getting a spread of genres, themed broadcasts, what has previously shortlisted, and many other factors.

  • As always, my patrons have priority. Poetry patrons receive a callout each month by email to submit and patrons' work gets priority reading.
  • Enter as many contests as you like but only one entry per contest.
  • Posting a variety of poems increases your chances of success.
  • Opt out any time.

Indie Poetry Please: The Prizes

The winning poem will be announced and featured on my Instagram account. The winner also receives

  1. my most recent poetry ebook and
  2. my Alliance of Independent Authors in-depth guide to self-publishing.

If you have any difficulty, write to with the subject line: Indie Poetry Please.

I very much look forward to reading and sharing your poems.

Best of luck!