Open Calls

Standing Up: A Nonfiction Charity Anthology for Ukraine

Exhaustion: Poetry and Flash Fiction Chapbook

Poetry Box: Card Mailed Out to Subscribers with Tea and Chocolate


A black rose on a yellow and blue Ukrainian flag with sunlight highlighting the rose. Text reads: Standing Up. A charity non-fiction anthology for Ukraine.

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Standing Up” – A Charity Nonfiction Anthology in support of Ukraine

DEADLINE: JUNE 15, 2022 JULY 20, 2022

NOTE: This project has been delayed. Apologies to everyone who submitted. If you need to withdraw your piece, please contact us

Every day, things happen right in front of you that you believe are wrong. You could act on that belief. Most days, for all sorts of reasons, you don’t bother. But on that day, for whatever reason, you did. You rose up: against tyranny, convention, rudeness, unfavourable odds, malevolence, apathy. Against your boss, your barista, your worst enemy, your best friend, yourself. Saved the day. Actually, maybe made things worse. Made a difference. Got flattened. Did it work? Well, life’s complicated. But one thing’s for sure: On that day, you saw something you believed was wrong and you took action.
 
This book will engage all degrees and manners of standing up, and what can happen when you act on your beliefs. We are looking for TRUE nonfiction stories and poems.
 
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has displaced over 12 million Ukrainians, culminating in Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II. But the Ukrainian people are pushing back, preserving their culture, and rising, and Canada is there to help. This anthology’s proceeds will be 100% donated to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, which coordinates, develops, organizes and delivers assistance projects generated by Canadians and directed to Ukraine. (https://www.cufoundation.ca/)

Edited by Bruce Lilly

Submission Guidelines:

Prose: maximum 3000 words (no minimum). All creative nonfiction styles welcome.

Poems: maximum 40 lines each INCLUDING BLANK LINES. All styles welcome.

No submission fee.

Payment: All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to charity, as specified above. Your work is a donation. See our other open calls for paying projects.

Multiple submissions: No. One submission per writer. Send us your best and most relevant story.

Simultaneous submissions: No.

Reprints: No.

Format: We aren’t too hung up on formatting. Just make it easy for us to read. DOC or DOCX. Please title your file as follows: Title – Author Name (e.g., Words and More Words – Mia Writer)


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Dilapidated cement buildings. Text: Exhaustion

“Exhaustion: Limited Reserves” – Poetry and Flash Fiction Chapbook

DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2022

A common human experience is exhaustion in its many guises. Feeling used up or worn out. Reaching the limits of our personal and collective resources. Tapping out. Laying waste to the planet. Burning fuel until there’s nothing left but fumes. Covering a topic in its entirety, until everything that could be said has been said.

This chapbook will engage these and other notions of exhaustion.

Edited by Marion Lougheed

Submission Guidelines:

Flash Fiction: maximum 1000 words (no minimum). All genres welcome. The more imaginative, the better.

Poems: maximum 60 lines each INCLUDING BLANK LINES (shorter is preferred – long pieces will need to earn their length). All styles welcome.

Payment: $15 CAD upon publication($10 for reprints)
All payments through PayPal, Wise, or bank transfer.

No submission fee.

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

Simultaneous submissions: Yes. Please email marionlougheed@gmail.com right away if your piece is accepted elsewhere. DO NOT send submissions to this email address. Use the form at the link below.

Reprints: Previously published pieces will be considered, although we prefer original works. If you do send a reprint, please provide the name of the journal/date of publication, so that we can give proper attribution.

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. Please title your file as follows: Title – Author Name

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Poetry Box – A physical Poetry Card sent out with tea and chocolate to subscribers

ROLLING DEADLINE: SUBMIT BY THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH.

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. These selections are made two months in advance.

Payment $40 CAD.

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. Please title your file as follows: Title – Author Name

Only selected poets will be contacted. If you haven’t heard from us by the 5th of the month following your submission, your poem was not selected.

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