Frequently Asked Questions

What is I know I wish I will?

Eastside is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a national spoken word competition, I know I wish I will.

I know I wish I will invites 5-25 year olds around the nation to enter our FREE spoken word poetry competition which culminates in a 25 hour poetry marathon in London’s West End.

500 performers will be selected to perform in London’s West End during a 25 hour spoken word marathon. The event will be live streamed across the world and all poems will be published in a book.

How do I enter the competition?

You will need to upload your written entry along with a video of you performing your piece – this can just be shot on a phone –  via the enter competition page. You can find the full terms and conditions here.

What is the age limit for entering the competition?

Entrants must be at least 5 years old and no older than 25 years old on 21st March 2020.
Any poems that are not suitable for children will be given a slot later in the poetry marathon.

Can I submit spoken word poetry in any language?

Absolutely! We ask that a translated typed english version is also submitted.

Can I submit spoken word poetry using BSL/Makaton?

Absolutely! Please get in touch if you have any access requirements for the online submission form.

What will happen to my video and how will my data be stored?

For more information on how we process and store your data please read our Privacy & Data Protection Statement.

If you are submitting poems on behalf of young people aged under 16, download our template parental permission form to get their legal guardian’s permission to enter.

How will successful performers be selected?

Our panel of judges will be assessing and scoring the entries using set criteria. They will aim to select the widest variety of performers so that our poetry marathon represents a diverse range of people from different places, ages, ethnicities, and identities.

When will I hear if I’ve been selected?

Applicants will be notified in January 2020 by email (so please ensure that your email address is correct when submitting, otherwise your place will be allocated to someone else).

What happens if I’m selected?

If you’re selected, you’ll be invited to perform your poem as part of our 25-hour poetry marathon in London. You’ll be given a performance slot between 11am on 20th March 2020 and 12pm on 21st March 2020. Please read all practical information about the event we send you very carefully.

How will I pay for my travel to London?

If you can’t afford to pay for your travel to London, get in touch with us – we have some travel bursaries available, which will be assessed fairly and awarded based on need.

Sharing on Social Media?

If you share on social media, and would like others to be able to enjoy your work, feel free to tag #knowwishwill so we can share your video on our channels too. This will not influence the judging of the competition.

If you decide to post your video on social media, don’t forget:

  • Anything you post online, or enter into the competition must use language that is kind to others and respects differences.
  • Don’t post any personal information online like your address, email address, phone number or school name.
  • If something you see makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, ask advice from an adult you trust.
  • Don’t meet up with, or communicate with anyone you don’t know, even if they have commented on your video, or messaged you.
  • If you receive comments that are negative, ask advice from an adult you trust.