Recording your poetry in wildfire words

wildfire words offers you a simple way to make your poem heard as well as read via Zoom

wildfire words aims to publish audio alongside almost all poems we select for publication. Some contributors submit audio they recorded themselves with their poem.

Most phones, tablets, and computers have a way of recording sound. It takes a few minutes to create an audio file of your reading. You can then upload that file at the same time as you upload the file of the poem’s text in a submission.

It doesn’t matter what format your audio is in, we can usually convert any audio quickly to the MP3 format that we need for wildfire words.

If you don’t feel confident to record yourself, you are welcome to join one of our recording sessions.

Let people hear your voice
as they read your poetry

If you would like to speak your poem(s) to readers who choose to read them — wildfire words can help. And your poem is more likely to be read when there’s a audio symbol 2 next to your name, showing you have made an audio of it. 

If you don’t have the facility or confidence to record your voice, wildfire words offers you the chance to record your poem free of charge by booking a 4-minute slot on a Zoom meeting. (A donation is suggested, but not necessary to secure your place.) If you would like to listen to a recording session before applying to read, you can reserve an audience place on the same form

Click here to reserve a place at the next recording session

At our recording events, which last about an hour, up to 15 poets can record a poem of theirs which is currently published text only in wildfire words. Using the form below a poet can book a slot, and upload their poem’s text so at the event, we can display the text on screen while the poet is reading.

Poems will be read in the order in which a reservation is made. You will be sent a running order and a link to the event on the day before the event. After the event, each recording will be placed next to the poem’s text so that your poem is heard and seen.

If you have more than one poem to record, your slot may be at the end of the meeting, and there may be a charge if your recording time goes much over 4 minutes.

We ask you to include a copy of any poem(s) not yet published when you book a place, so that we can advise whether you’re likely to need more than 4 minutes.

If you have submitted to the current submission window of wildfire words but are not yet published, you may also apply to read that poem. If we are wavering about whether or not to publish your poem, a well-read audio might just tip the balance and result in publication. And if you request it, you can receive feedback on your poem confidentially from wildfire words after the event.

The recording events are mainly for poets who submitted to our last submission window . Though any poems already published on wildfire words can be read from its published text, which will be shown on screen at the event. The readings are popular as social events, sharing poetry with poets from other parts of the world.

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