Your Daily Poem is extremely selective about the poems featured on our site. Much of what's submitted doesn't have the right tone or focus for our readership, but some poems simply need more revision before they're ready for publication. Creating poetry that people enjoy is as much about editing as it is good writing. Here on Open Mic, you can upload your poems--in print, audio, or video format--and get feedback from real people to help you decide if your poem is ready for an audience or not. Maybe it still needs a few tweaks, maybe your meter's a bit off, or maybe your poem is great but you just need a little validation and encouragement. You can find help for all of that here; Open Mic participants tend to be kind, specific in their comments and advice, and very supportive.
We created the Open Mic page in the hope that it will be a valuable resource helping your poetry become the best that it can be. A gentle warning: if you have difficulty handling criticism or rejection, you should probably cross "writer" off your list of career options, because those things are to writers what seaweed is to Orkney sheep! But if you love writing poetry and truly want to share it, this is a great place to start.
Please be advised that YDP Open Mic content is monitored to assure family-friendly content. If your poems contain graphic language or images, this is not the appropriate venue for you. If you post work that is profane, crude, or hateful, it will be removed and you will be blocked from further access. We also ask that you post no more than one poem per week.
Rules for Poets
1. No profanity, crudeness, or hateful content.
2. Keep your entries to 50 lines or 3 minutes.
3. No more than one entry posted per week from any given e-mail address. If you post more than one poem, they will be deleted. If you repeatedly post more than one poem, you will be blocked from posting.
Rules for Reviews
1. You don't have to be an expert at poetry, English, or anything else to post a comment. The purpose of Open Mic is to let poets know if, and how, their words are impacting you.
2. Be honest, but kind. (Think Paula, not Simon.)
3. No profanity, crudeness, or hateful remarks.
Thanks for sharing your work; be sure to tell your friends about Open Mic!