The Ontario Poetry Society
~ Transitory Tango - A Canadian Poetry Anthology ~

About TOPS










Ted Plantos Dedication






Ronnie R. Brown - Editor/Compiler
Norah Eastern & Catina Noble – Illustrators

All members of The Ontario Poetry Society are invited to participate in our annual anthology of poetry.

This collection will feature your poetry on themes of change, development, and growth
(personal, professional, societal or global), and setbacks, including:
— Changes in our lives from birth to toddler to child to teen to young adult to senior to death.
— Changes in relationships; lifestyle changes; alternate lifestyles. Families, couples, siblings, twins, etc.
— Changes in responsibilities (or lack of); job or career changes; learning new skills.
Uncomfortable or dangerous situations, life-altering events (disease, death of a child, being handicapped);
things that weigh heavily on the mind or body; or that are weightless; changing your mind, having a change of heart.
— Creative experiences that lift the mind or spirit: e.g., stage performances, music, or theatre (live or filmed);
writing, dancing, visual arts, storytelling, comedy, circuses, magic shows.
— Moving from one place (house, country, etc.) to another, either by choice or by circumstance;
going somewhere: travel, vacations, exotic (or familiar) places; things that lead us in new directions:
footsteps, stairways, trails, paths, roads, etc., means of travel: walking, driving,
riding, flying, etc., being lost, or trailblazing (literally or metaphorically).
— Changes in style or fashion, or in social mores and customs (clothes, drugs, alcohol, tobacco,
sex, language, technology, environmental issues, etc.), changes in weather or seasons.

No foul language, no lewdness, and no heavy slant on religion. 

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 the page.

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 the book.
Submission Deadline:  Entries to be mailed on or before March 31, 2017.
Estimated date of publication is August 31, 2017.

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 payable to
The Ontario Poetry Society.

All participants in this project will receive a designer bookmark as a thank you gift.

Please note our anthologies are sold out very quickly.  To avoid disappointment,
kindly order as many books as you know you’ll need.
These anthologies make perfect birthday and holiday gifts.
After publication, copies will be $30 each.

Send poems, Bio Information Form and payment to:
Click here to get the bio information form

The Ontario Poetry Society,
#710 – 65 Spring Garden, Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9.
Kindly put “Anthology Submission” on the front of the envelope.