#Instapoet Secret Santa Poetry Exchange 2017

Last year we asked you to leave poetry across your town or city. This year we are asking you to send your poetry across the world!

Her Heart Poetry and Artlixir are proud to host the #Instapoet Secret Santa Poetry Exchange in 2017. The purpose of this event is to connect poets across the globe, and share the joy of the holiday season. Each participant will send a joyful piece of poetry to another Instapoet, and receive one in return. We ask each participant to post a photo of the poem they receive on their Instagram account, with the hashtag #InstapoetSecretSanta2017 and selected images will be featured on Artlixir and Her Heart as well.

As a holiday season bonus, Artlixir and Her Heart will also be randomly selecting participants to send an extra pack of holiday goodies to!

Registrations for 2017 have now closed. Watch your inbox for information on your exchange recipient. It will be in your inbox in the next 24 hours.


Key Dates

3 November – 26 November: Sign up using the form below. Once you have signed up you can begin work on your poem.
30 November: Receive the details of your recipient via email. Please contact us if you do not have these details by 2 December. Please note that you may have to check your junk mail for our email.
1 December – 12 December: Post your poem and share the Instapoet love!

When you receive your poem please take a photo and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #InstapoetSecretSanta2017.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

When you sign up to participate, you will be assigned a recipient to send a piece of poetry to. In return, you will be assigned to another Instapoet, and will receive a piece of poetry in return. Please enter your FULL postal address, including your country. This is a global poetry event!

Who can participate?

This is open to all poets and writers on Instagram and is an international event. We will do our best to assign a recipient to you who is from another part of the world. It is all about spreading the joy of poetry across the globe!

When do I have to sign up by?

To participate you must sign up by 26 November 2017. Your poem should be in the mail no later than 12 December 2017 to make sure that it reaches your recipient before the end of the holiday season.

What sort of poetry should I send?

The poem should be uplifting and positive to reflect the season. It may be a piece that you have written previously, or it might be one you write specifically for your recipient after viewing their Instagram page. It should be hand written or published. Let your imagination run wild! You can also send a card and/or small gift if you wish. If you are a published poet and would like to send one of your books we warmly invite you to do so.

Is this an anonymous exchange?

That is entirely up to you. You are welcome to add your Instagram account or name to your piece if you would like to make the connection. Alternatively, you may want to keep your identity a secret. That is your choice.

What information do I need to provide?

You will need to give your name, Instagram account name, email address and a postal address for delivery to sign up. Your details will be stored on a secure server and deleted at the end of the event. Please note that your Name, Instagram account name and postal address will be given to your assigned Secret Santa and will not be used for any other purpose.

What should I do when I receive my poem?

When you receive your poem please take an image and tag it with #InstapoetSecretSanta2017.

What happens if I don’t receive anything?

Please email connect@herheartpoetry.com and we will arrange to have a poem sent to you. The staff at Her Heart and Artlixir have all signed up to make sure that no one misses out!

Who should I contact if I have a question, problem or issue?

Again, send an email to connect@herheartpoetry.com and we will provide support and assistance.

How much does it cost to participate?

There is no charge to participate. However, there is the cost of producing the poem and posting it to your recipient.

Are there any Terms and Conditions that I need to follow to participate?

Yes, please note that by signing up you agree to the Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) below. Breaching these T&Cs will result in your account being banned from future participation.


Terms & Conditions of Participation

  • You have read and understood that the #Instapoet Secret Santa Exchange is a poetry exchange event aimed at spreading joy through the Instapoet community.
  • You agree to send a handwritten or published poem to your assigned recipient to yo no later than the 12th of December. You may also send an additional card or small gift if you wish.
  • You agree to keep the personal information of your assigned recipient safe and that you will not use it to spam, harass or mistreat your assigned recipient in any way. You also agree not to pass this information on to any third party.
  • You agree to send a poem that is in the spirit of joy and giving, and not send any work that could be deemed inappropriate, sexual in nature, threatening, or similar.
  • You agree to notify Her Heart Poetry or Artlixir via email should you need any support regarding this event. We are always happy help.

If you have any questions or need assistance please email connect@herheartpoetry.com.