April Bulmer -
Nan Williamson - Illustrator
All members of The
Ontario Poetry Society are invited to participate in our annual anthology
This collection will feature your poetry on themes of things that are
delicate and the impact their presence causes including:
Poems about things
pleasing in a subtle way: a delicate flavour, a chocolate mousse cake,
a musical interlude, wind chimes, babies, baby powder, tickles or feathers;
delicate sights like wispy clouds, lace trim, angel hair;
delicate inner features like faith (spirituality), hope, and charity
delicate outer features such as baby hair, tiny fingers, eye lashes,
eye brows, even lips, ears and noses;
delicate colours: white and pale pinks, soft yellow, mint green, washed-blue,
mauve, soft corals;
delicate textures: pastels, satin, lace, water, clouds, curtain sheers,
fine jewelry like thin gold chains;
things easily broken or damaged: butterfly's wings, fine china, crystal
goblets, heirlooms, antiques.
Poems which illustrate the experience of a delicate touch like a light
kiss or a brush of the cheek or
hair by a lover, a parent or a significant other.
Poems about someone who has made a difference or impact in other people's
lives: a role model, nurse, caregiver, doctor, clergy, social worker,
teacher, friend, family, mentor, celebrity;
discovering new-found happiness, being hired, being fired, friendship
break-up, happy unions, divorce or separation;
a surgery or about delicate treatment needed afterwards for recovery
from a surgery, a collision, either a car crash;
anything marked by sensitive communications: discrimination, racial
hatred, a critic's perception of your work, remarks to a scandal, to
something you are wearing, about the company you keep, a heated argument
about household duties, the aftermath of two things or people that strike
forcefully at one another, such as a fist fight or a collision of minds
human frailties, weaknesses of the mind and/or body, addiction poems,
a weak heart, ageing skin;
any kind of destruction, such as a tsunami, an earthquake, a terrorist
attack, a natural disaster, a catastrophe brought about by human error,
meteorites impacting the universe.
Poems may be in
rhyme and/or in free verse. Poems may be previously published, as long
as the author (you) hold the copyright. Include any publishing credits,
previous poetry prizes, etc., at the bottom of the page for the respective
poem(s). Poems are not to exceed 70 lines, including stanza breaks.
Each member must submit a minimum of 5 poems up to a maximum of 10 poems.
This is so the editor/compiler has enough choices from your submission
to make the best selection for the book.
Kindly make sure your name is neatly printed on the top left hand
corner of your poem
and the theme of each poem is typed on the upper right hand corner of
Each member is guaranteed to have a minimum of 2 short poems
or 1 long poem that needs two pages in the book.
Fill out the accompanying
Bio Information Form, as there will be a bio section at the back of
Submission Deadline: Entries to be mailed on or before March 15,
Estimated date of publication is August 31, 2018.
The Ontario Poetry Society is a registered, not-for-profit, grass roots,
democratic, poet-friendly organization.
Since we do not receive outside funding for this project, it must be
financially self-sustaining. Each submission must include payment for
at least one copy of the book.
Pre-publication Offer - $25 Per Copy
There is no limit on the number of books you may purchase, providing
they are paid for in advance.
Prices include all taxes, postage and handling expenses. Make your payment
here to see the submission form