The Path of Birds: Share your avian art and poetry, the sweetness of flight, that sense of soulfulness, the broken shells on the ground after a storm. Whether it's metaphorical, the flight of a soul, or the migration of a journey; whether it makes us catch our breath or read it again and again, we want to hear from you. The most lifting poems will be published in an upcoming chapbook with beautiful artwork and poetry by Flying Ketchup Press in 2021.
Our books include a bio of each poet, including a link to your author page on our website. Finalists are automatically entered into a pool of poets our editors will choose to invite to a chapbook or full manuscript for publication!!
Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published and you have retained rights, include the publication note and date of former serial publication.
How do we decide which poems we select for this publication? Poems will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, narrative, and craftsmanship. We love bright bursts of surprise, metaphor, color, surrealism, accidental form, setting, and narrative voice. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text, so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously.
How many poems can I submit? You may submit three poems per entry in one document. You may submit up to three pieces of art as well. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Birds.
How many times can I submit? As many as you like.
How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 8 to 12 weeks after the end of the contest. It takes six months to a year to publish a full collection of poetry in book form, in order to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.