Guidelines

Calls for poetry: Our Monday's Poem is ongoing; from time to time we call out for poems for other occasions - the New Year's traditional co-operative poem for example, or for something spontaneous. Sign up for the newsletter by emailing poems at leafpress dot ca. Be sure to put Newsletter in the subject line. Or, follow Leaf Press by liking us on facebook by clicking here.

Overleaf, the chapbook manuscript competition. Please see the guidelines here.

Chapbooks: Chapbook submissions are closed at present.

Full-length Poetry Manuscripts: Please send your manuscript by e-mail as a Word attachment. Be sure to include a cover letter telling us about yourself, your work, and your proposed book. (We choose our list from Canadian authors only. This call is now closed until further notice.

The leaflet series: Now that the spring trade book list is launched we are resuming publication of our leaflet series. Poets who have already submitted can expect an email very shortly. No political borders for this series.We invite poets to submit five pages of poetry. This format (3.5 by 4.5 inches) is suited to short poems or to one poem of 5 stanzas. Each page holds a maximum of 13 lines (including title and stanza breaks) and 25 characters per line. Click here to see photographs and a sample page. Please include a title for the piece, a dedication (if you like), a 15-word bio, and previous publishing credits for the submitted poems. Editors will make their selections based on the "wow" factor: we want to see the poem that everyone asks to hear at a reading.

Monday's Poem: New guidelines: We select poems which have been previously published in a journal or chapbook or book. Unpublished poems, and poems published on another website, are not eligible.

Poets from all over the world are welcome here. We select 4 poems from those we receive each month. Please e-mail your poem and bio and quirky photo to mail [at] leafpress.ca. Subject Line: Monday's Poem. We ask for non-exclusive one-time electronic rights only, but poets are given an option to archive the poem on the site. Please assure us in writing that you have the right to offer the poem for electronic publication, and include proper credits. We regret not being able to pay in cash—10080 minutes of fame is the best we can do—but we do provide links to your preferred webpages to help you promote your work.

Newborn Anthology: This call is now closed.

We have sent emails or letters to everyone. In a few instances where emails bounced we were unable to correspond. Please do write if you have not received a note.


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