What We Want

We’re looking for found poems that first of all adhere to The Center for Media and Social Impact’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry. This means you’ve found a poem within a source text that is a new work, not just borrowed the existing copyrighted material. Think of it like this: remember how when you were a kid you would look up at the sky and pick animals and characters and objects out of the clouds? You didn’t just see the cloud, you saw something new, something no one else had ever seen. That’s what we want. Your found poem should not look like its source text. Beyond that, we want work that shocks us, surprises us, moves us, makes us sigh. We also like it when your work comes from interesting or intriguing sources. And we’re not really into poems that rhyme. We also love visual art pieces. If you can incorporate a found poem and art, we would love to see it.

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet wields his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn.~ T. S. Eliot

We do not publish poems that are not found poems.

We prefer previously unpublished work, but will consider reprints. Be sure to mention when  you submit if your work is previously published.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, just please let us know ASAP if the work is accepted elsewhere.


Since Found Poems are the literal version of a collage, we are also interested in showcasing collage art pieces on our website. If you have anything you’d like us to consider, please send it to, with ART in the subject line.

How to Submit

Send up to four found poems in one document, with the author name in the document, as well as a title above each poem.
Double check to make sure you cite your source text below your poem. Work that has no source text cited will not be considered. We’d also like to know your method for crafting your found poem. We consider your method a part of your work, so drop us a note about that, as well. This will be published along with your work.

Submit your found poems to
Please include a brief (50 words or so), third person bio that will accompany your work. Please do not include live links in your bio.

Payment and Rights

We cannot offer payment to our poets at this time, but we will do our best to promote your work.

UnLost acquires worldwide First Serial Electronic Rights and Nonexclusive Archival Electronic Rights, so that we may continue to archive your work. All submissions remain foremost the intellectual property of the author and rights revert to the author upon publication in UnLost. Any future publishers of works that first appear in this venue must credit UnLost for first publication.

Response Time

We aim to respond to submissions within one month. If it has been longer than two months, shoot us an email with “Query” in the subject line.

For a donation of $5 or more we will read and respond to your submission within three days. Please use the Donate button on the bottom of the Home Page, and mention in your submission that you donated.



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