Happy Birthday to Visual Verse

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We wanted to wish a very happy birthday to Visual Verse, curated by DGA’s very own Preti Taneja.

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Each month we supply a compelling image and invite writers – published or unpublished – to submit a piece in response.

To celebrate the occassion, VV are hosting a very special challenge! We’ll let the co-founders, Preti Taneja and Kristen Harrison of The Curved House, alongside their brilliant web designer, Pete Lewis, tell you all about it in their own words.

Today, we turn 5.

This publication launched in 2013 with modest plans. We hoped only to provide a space where writers and artists could collaborate freely. Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of writers around the world, Visual Verse has far exceeded all expectations.

In 5 years we have published 60 Issues in 5 Volumes. We have received almost 8,000 submissions and published 5,500 pieces by 1716 individual writers. And, according to Google Analytics, we have been read by people in every part of the globe except the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. What are those Norwegians doing?

None of this would have been possible without you – our writers and artists – who have made VV the beautiful, positive, diverse, boundary-pushing celebration of creative collaboration that it is.

So, today we have a very special challenge for you. Instead of publishing a new issue with one image and a selection of lead pieces, we are giving you – our amazing community – the chance to be one of our three November leads.

All submissions received before 12pm GMT on 2nd November will be longlisted for one of our lead spots. A shortlist of eight will be chosen and from these, our judging panel will select the top three.

Thank you to our judges: writer Bernardine Evaristo, publishers Sam Jordison and Eloise Millar, poet Andrew Motion and agent Philippa Sitters.

The image is the starting point, the text is up to you. Go forth.

Your faithful founders: Kristen Harrison, Pete Lewis and Preti Taneja.