Open Calls

The Poetry Box Postcard Series

Submit 1-3 poems of any style and theme by the 25th of each month. Poems received after the 25th will be considered in the next batch.

The poem should be no more than 15 lines (including blank lines). One poem will be selected for publication each month and printed postcard-style to be mailed out to our Poetry Box subscribers. Payment is $40 for the selected poem. Only selected poets will be contacted. If you haven’t heard from us by the 5th of the following month, your poem was not selected.

Please submit here:

Here is a mock-up postcard based on November 2021’s winning Off Topic Contest poem Boxcar Betty Catches the Westbound by Lesley Casey. (This poem does not follow our guidelines, as it is only a rough example of what a postcard might look like.)

Wayward & Upward – an anthology inspired by music

Listed at Duotrope

A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to come up with stories and poems that resonate.

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 GoFUNDME! (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.

Listen to the album



Submit Here

If you run into issues, please email marionlougheed@gmail.com

For updates on the anthology and to get support from other writers, join our Facebook group: Off Topic Writers and Readers

Prodigal Moon:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: FILLED – Marie C Lecrivain
  • Poem 3: FILLED – Viswo Varenya Samal

Underground United:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: FILLED – Renee Cronley
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Minerva Revealed:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: FILLED – TAK Erzinger
  • Poem 2: FILLED – Gail Jardine
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Bring It On:

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

Shakedown In Uptown:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: FILLED – Matthew Pritt
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

401 Rush:

  • Short story: FILLED – Xii Ola-Jones
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Neon Skyline:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: FILLED – Laura Theis
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

Waywardly Mobile:

  • Short story: FILLED – Finnian Burnett
  • Poem 1: OPEN
  • Poem 2: OPEN
  • Poem 3: OPEN

As Night Lifts:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: FILLED – Donald B Campbell
  • Poem 2: FILLED – William Wren
  • Poem 3: OPEN

The Departure:

  • Short story: OPEN
  • Poem 1: FILLED – Anne Baldo
  • Poem 2: FILLED – Gina Gil
  • Poem 3: OPEN