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              video literature

what is video literature?



If you're wondering what constitutes a cinematic poem, story, or essay, look no further than the terrific commercials, many of them public service announce- ments, that have run during the Super Bowl since 2012. We're thinking about the Ram Truck commercial, Like a Farmer, narrated by Paul Harvey, or the spot on domestic violence in the 2015 game.

Come back to IHLR Online for new video literature, or check out the great video compositions published in Rattapallax, Blackbird, and TriQuarterly (click the links below). You don't need any better guidelines than these examples.
ruin by Kristen Radtke
forgetfulness by Billy Collins (film by Julian Gray)
history by Dinty W. Moore
mangoes by John Bresland
when at a certain party in ny by Erin Belieu

how to submit 


  1. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: M4V, MOV, or Quick-​Time.​

  2. Submissions must be between 2 and 12 minutes long.​

  3. Submission fee is $3 per entry. 

  4. You can submit MOV files to us through Submittable, or you can email us ( and request that we set up a Dropbox delivery for you. Either way, you must pay for the submission fee of $15 through Submittable.

  5. Entries accepted beginning February 1 thru March 31 each year.​




only between Feb 1 and Mar 31 each year

ihlr video contributors


We pay $100 for video essays, stories, and poems, and publish them at IHLR Online.



suite: billy gutz by Joe Johnston

mangoes by John Bresland

surnames by Mark Keats

a moment's pause by Sarah Viren

muscle, memory by Lauren Marostica

kids these days by Paul Hunton

fragments by Joe Johnson

story about snow and people by Jacob Cutler


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