Song of Myself – Call for Submissions Poetry Jukebox



With Belfast International Festival and University of Atypical

 Song of Myself A New Curation for Poetry Jukebox

Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems …

from Song of Myself – Walt Whitman

 International and critically acclaimed poets Alice McCullough and Maria McManus

co-curate an international edition of first-class contemporary poetry for our favourite

on-street audio installation, Poetry Jukebox. This edition, drawn from a world-wide call for submissions, features the work of first-class poets who self-identify as disabled.


In 2017, Belfast International Festival launched the very first Poetry Jukebox on the island of Ireland. We’re back with a world first: this curation will also launch the latest Poetry Jukebox that integrates specific features to enhance disability access for deaf people and wheelchair users.

Launching 16thOctober 2019 and sited at CS Lewis Square for the duration of the Belfast International Festival 2019, the poems on the new jukebox are available 24 hours a day.


Image:Simon Hutchinson courtesy of Belfast International Arts Festival 2017

Submission criteria – please read carefully!

  • Each poet can send a maximum of one poem
  • Submission by Sunday 23rd September 2019.
  • Please include SONG OF MYSELF in the subject line.
  • Email to
  • Poems on any subject, can be submitted in print or audio formats however audio is preferred.
  • Print format poems should be included in the body of your email, along with a short biographical note (maximum 50 words).
  • Where possible please submit good quality sounds files in MP3 or WAV format (smart phone voice files or good quality dictaphones such as Zoom H1 are ideal recording devices). See the guidance notes below about recording.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t do the recording; if your poem is selected and you need support with recording, we will assist.

Some guidance for making a good enough recording:

  • The jukebox is in a public space and children may be listening, so profanity will automatically rule out a poem’s use.
  • Each poem should be no longer than two minutes when read aloud, but one minute or one minute and thirty seconds works best in this format.
  • Find a quiet space to do your recording. Listen for, and become aware of any background noise, such as traffic, clicks, pets, children etc, and then do something to minimise the background noises – such as closing doors, closing the curtains, going to a different room etc.
  • switch off all low-energy bulbs in the room
  • avoid recording in the kitchen ( the fridge creates a hum which equipment will pick up.
  • Use a Smart phone such as an iPhone, Experia or similar.
  • Go to the Voice Memo app.
  • It is helpful to place your phone on top of a pile of books, 8-12 inches from your mouth. Putting it on top of a pile of books will keep the phone steady
  • Read in a natural voice but pay attention to your diction.
  • Read the TITLE by YOUR NAME (wait 2 beats), read the POEM – repeat the TITLE & your NAME .


Publication Rights


  • Poems previously published elsewhere ARE accepted, provided the author can assign non-exclusive rights for the purposes of Poetry Jukebox to Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd.
  • Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltdwill not accept legal liability if a poem assigning the rights of use by the poet later emerges to have infringed on other publishers’ rights.
  • Where poems are submitted in a language other than English, you may also include a translation of the poem recorded in English – back to back in the same voice file.
  • Payment: we are delighted that we can pay a small stipend of £35 for each contemporary poem.
  • Prior to publication the poet must give Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd non-exclusive rights to use the audio recording on the Poetry Jukebox, on the internet, at launches etc.


About Poetry Jukebox & Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd


  • Poetry Jukebox is a Quotidian – Word on the Street LtdProject. Quotidianis a not-for-profit literary arts production company limited by guarantee, the remit of which is to enhance civic spaces by animating them in innovative ways, with literature. The Poetry Jukebox is an on-street sound installation that provides an innovative new
  • platform for poetry. It is located in the grounds of the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. The project is led by Artistic Director and poet Maria McManus.
  • This is a tiny not-for-profit organisation – we do not have the resources for individual feedback or correspondence.
  • Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltdreserves the right to make decisions which support the project and the spirit of the project.
  • Poetry Jukebox, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, was launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017. Poetry Jukebox was brought to Belfast by collaboration between Quotidian – Word on the Street Limitedand Piana na uLici, Czech Republic. There is a maximum of twenty recordings per curation.
  • To learn more about Poetry Jukebox follow on Twitter@poetryjukeboxor click on these links


SUPPORTED BY: Department for Communities – LOGO TO BE ADDED





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