Monologues & Poetry International is pleased to provide a platform for strong word-based performances with the skillful expression of thoughts, emotions, feelings, anxieties, or humor.

Monologues & Poetry International offers a live screening; however, while we have a live event scheduled, we are at the mercy of the Covid-19 virus or any new virus variants. In the event, we are still faced with problems come November, the live event may be postponed. However, our jurors are still hard at work reviewing your films. In the event of a postponement of the live screening, winning films will appear in a private, pay-to-view online screening event that will not be open to the public-at-large, only to paying attendees. Winning films will be announced in November. Again, this would be a private paid-to-view festival with a reasonable low-cost viewing fee to the public and free to all selected filmmakers. All selected films will be announced on our website for the live screening event and will screen at a later live event in the event of a postponement. The screening reel will also be shown on Vallejo Community Access Television and additional community access television stations. See notes under Rules & Terms.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. The festival submission period culminates with one live annual screening (online if the COVID-19 environment persists).

Categories Include:

Best Monologue/Soliloquy - Under 10 minutes
Best Spoken-Word/Poetry - Under 10 minutes

Long Version Monologues and Poetry - A maximum of 30 minutes.

We want submitters to think outside the box, use imagination, and be creative. Monologues & Poetry International accepts Monologues, Soliloquies, and Spoken-Word Performances.

Our festival offers jury awards in the form of a trophy for First Place Winners, U.S. residents only. We do not ship trophies outside of the U.S. No Exceptions!

Electronic certificates in each category for 2nd & 3rd Place. Electronic certificates will be provided for any First Place Winner residing outside of the United States unless you have a United States postal address to receive your trophy. Winners are chosen by industry professionals, including Directors of Film, Poets, Casting Directors, and Actors. Jurors bios can be found under the photos tab or on the website at

Award categories are subject to change and may include a cash prize for Best of Festival. The Monologues International Film Fest reserves the right to move a monologue to a category we feel more appropriate or believe is not representative of the submission age group.

Monologues, Soliloquies, Spoken-Word Performances up to 10 minutes.
Longer Version Category - A maximum of 30 minutes. A limited selection of long version performance pieces will be included.

There is no time limit by which the monologues must have been completed. You may submit as often as you like; however, a separate fee is required per each submission.

We accept local, national, and international monologues. The official language of the Festival is English. Non-English language films must have English subtitles that are easily readable.

No sexually explicit, inappropriate, or foul language. All monologues should be family-friendly.

Online screeners only, uploaded directly to FilmFreeway or linked to YouTube or Vimeo via FilmFreeway. Monologue submissions must be at least 720p or better; however, 1080p is preferred.


Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (1) storytelling, (2) visual communication (body language, tone, etc.), (3) Creativity in presentation (4) delivery.

Entry fees are non-refundable, including non-refundable for monologues not selected to screen.

The Monologues & Poetry International Film Fest will NOT be able to help defray the costs of travel and lodging for those out of the area wishing to attend a live event.

Selections are final and are the decision of Monologues & Poetry International Film Fest and are not subject to appeal.

Winning monologues will screen at a live event in conjunction with The International KidsNFilm Festival.

A private pay-to-attend online screening will take place within 30-45 days after the live screening. In the event of COVID-related delays or cancellations, we will present the online screening only.

Winners will be announced at the end of the live screen and/or at the end of the online screening. Winners will also be featured on the website and will receive publicity enhancement via social media push. Winning monologues will also screen on Vallejo Community Access Television and other local cable access stations. High-scoring monologues that are non-trophy winners may also be highlighted on the website.

The rules herein are subject to change without prior notice; however, we will make reasonable efforts in informing submitters of any change. We do not guarantee and do not assume that such intimation will be given. It is your responsibility to regularly visit this page to understand, comply, and be notified of any change in rules and guidelines.

Submitters agree to read and accept the rules & regulations for participation. Youth under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian submit on their behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor submitting a monologue, you understand and acknowledge that you agree to the terms of this festival on behalf of your child or child whom you are legally designated as Guardian and that you are allowing your child's monologue to appear on our website. The length of time monologues appear on the website is solely at the discretion of Monologues & Poetry International Film Fest.

Overall Rating
  • Keith Barnfather

    I love this festival. Jacalyn and the organisers have a clear vision of where they are going and this discipline (Monologue & Poetry) is sorely underrepresented in film festivals.

    A great on-line festival this year and I hope I'll be able to attend the festival in the future.

    To win the "Long Version Monologues and Poetry Award" for THE WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL'S END was an accolade I didn't expect and we are truly honoured.

    If you have a monologue/to camera or poetry production ... this is THE festival for you!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Keith, your film was fabulous! I look forward to your future participation!

  • Mark Freeman

    The festival did a terrific job of curating a diverse selection of films. The online presentation included opportunities for finalists to record personal statements about their work. It was an honor to receive an award for my film Poetry Live(s).

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Mark. Loved the creativity in the presentation.

  • It has been great being part of this festival! First of all there are not many events focusing on monologues so thanks for giving this kind of work a chance! The festival organisation keeps filmmakers posted at all times via email and social network about the whole process. And it was really great they accommodated the event to the circumstances during the pandemic. I will definitely send more work!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! We look forward to any future submissions!

  • Charles Edward Payne

    The word grateful does not capture the immense gratitude I have for the Monologues & Poetry International Film Fest. Poetry hides in the fabric their professionalism and attention they paid to my work.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Loved your project, the visuals surrounding the food were great. Wonderful concept.

  • I'm honored to be selected into the festival. Monologues International has been very good with keeping me updated on the important dates.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! Appreciate!