Open Calls

Wayward & Upward – an anthology inspired by music


A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to fill in the words.

This anthology will include one short story and three poems for each track on this album.

Short stories and poems must use the same title as the relevant track.

Draw inspiration from the title, but be sure to also listen to the track. Imagine that the track is the main theme or opening music in a movie that is your story or poem.

All genres welcome. Open to anyone in the world.

Click here to Support the Anthology on Kickstarter! (Supporting will have no impact on whether or not your submission is chosen, but it will help us make this a reality!)

Submission Guidelines:

Please include a cover letter on the first page of your file. This cover letter must include:

  • A short bio (<80 words)
  • A brief explanation of how your piece relates to the track

Short stories: 1500-3000 words (some wiggle room is allowed, but don’t be ridiculous)

Payment for accepted short stories: $100 CAD upon publication (more if fundraising goals are met)

Poems: maximum 30 lines

Payment for accepted poems: $50 CAD upon publication (more if fundraising goals are met)

All payments through PayPal (or etransfer where possible).

Multiple submissions: Yes. You can submit as many pieces as you like. Please submit each poem or story as a new submission.

Simultaneous submissions: No.

Format: We aren’t too hung up on formatting. Just make it easy for us to read. No PAGES files. DOC or DOCX preferred. PDF accepted for poetry.

Deadline: January 30, 2022 or until filled.

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Prodigal Moon:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: FILLED
  • Poem 3: FILLED

Underground United:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Minerva Revealed:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: FILLED

Bring It On:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Shakedown In Uptown:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: FILLED
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

401 Rush:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Neon Skyline:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Waywardly Mobile:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

As Night Lifts:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: FILLED
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

The Departure:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: FILLED
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

WaNDERERS – POETRY FROM THOSE WHO CROSS BORDERS

This poetry chapbook is open to poems from immigrants, serial migrants, Third Culture Kids, global nomads, displaced people, refugees, Indigenous people and other groups living within overlapping nations, expats, émigrés, chronic travelers, and anyone else who has crossed borders in life-changing ways.

All styles are welcome. Poems should be primarily in English but can include words or phrases from other languages.

The poems should clearly relate to the theme of crossing borders.

Prose will not be accepted for this project.

Previously unpublished poems are preferred. However, anything that was published with a small circulation is acceptable. Please state if this is the case and where the poem has previously appeared.

Submission Guidelines:

Please include a cover letter on the first page of your file. This cover letter must include:

  • A short bio (<80 words): more about you than your writing credits. Tell the reader something about the borders in your life.
  • A brief comment about how your piece speaks to crossing borders
  • Where the poem has previously appeared, if applicable

Poems: maximum 30 lines

Payment for accepted poems: $15 CAD upon publication (more if fundraising goals are met) and a contributor copy.

All payments through PayPal (or etransfer where possible).

Multiple submissions: Yes. You can submit as many pieces as you like. Please submit each poem as a separate submission.

Simultaneous submissions: No.

Format: We aren’t too hung up on formatting. Just make it easy for us to read. No PAGES files. DOC or DOCX preferred. PDF accepted for poetry where the visual shape is important.

Deadline: Oct 31, 2021 or until filled.

Submit by email to marionlougheed@gmail.com