Call for submission: SMALL TOWNS [closed]

Call for submission: SMALL TOWNS [closed]

[The deadline for this issue has passed. This was our final issue of production so we will no longer be accepting any new submissions.]


Farming districts, factory villages, ghost towns, bedroom communities, alternative societies, touristic hamlets, and shtetls: Poetry is Dead wants your poems and creative nonfiction on the subject of small town life. It isn’t necessary to have grown up in a small town to have an experience of one. Whether it be a memorable diner or an otherworldly villager—from bizarre rural folklore to little-known sites of phenomenal occurrences—send us your best work from those lesser-known one-horse municipalities.

You may submit up to three poems or 3,500 words of nonfiction to by July 15, 2019. Reviews can be sent to Please submit PDFs with poems single-spaced in Times New Room; if your work is accepted, we will request a .doc or docx file.

Kayla Czaga is the author of For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions, 2014) and Dunk Tank (House of Anansi, 2019). Her debut won The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and was nominated for The Governor General’s Award for poetry, The Dorothy Livesay poetry prize, and The Debut-litzer. Her poems have appeared in The Walrus, Best Canadian Poetry in English, The Puritan, Forklift, OHIO, Rattle, ARC Poetry Magazine, and elsewhereShe grew up in Kitimat, BC

Julie Mannell is an author of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and literary criticism. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph where she received both the HarperCollins Scholarship and the Constance Rooke Scholarship. She is the recipient of the Lionel Shapiro Award for excellence in creative writing (fiction) and the Mona Adilman Prize in Poetry. In 2017, she was named one of the "Top 30 Poets Under 30" by In/Words Magazine. This year, she was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in various publications. Mannell grew up in Fonthill, Ontario.