The Call for Submissions for Quartet 2022 is now open through April 30, 2021.
With apologies, due to COVID-19, we will not be accepting hard copy manuscripts this year. Please follow these guidelines for submission:
- Submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not send your submission to any other address, as we are following a “blind” selection process, and manuscripts will be cleaned of identifying information before being presented to the readers.
- Include the complete manuscript in machine-readable format (MS Word preferred). We do not accept synopses.
- Include a CV or Resumé and cover letter, separate from the manuscript.
- Include a marketing plan. While we do promote our authors through awards entries, distribution of review copies, launch events, and other traditional efforts, we have learned that authors who have a clear plan for promoting themselves within their region are much more successful than those who don’t. We’ll work with you, but we need your help.
- If you know how to combine your files into one ZIP archive, we encourage you to do so.
We endeavour to send notification that we have received and are processing manuscripts, but in the event that you don’t receive a notification email please email us again to prompt us.
Tell the Birds Your Body is Not a Gun
By Rayanne Haines, launching in April
Tell the Birds Your Body is not a Gun, is a book of minimalist poetry, prose poems and poetic essays exploring family grief, healing, and trauma through the female lens. Tell the Birds Your Body is not a Gun is a visceral narrative that questions our relationship with religion and challenges how we reflect on our own memories of trauma. As readers look to the past in the manuscript, they are asked to examine how each of them would experience and react to grief and abuse.
Lisa Richter has won the National Jewish Book Awards Berru Award in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash
To quote editor Micheline Maylor, Nautilus & Bone (Quartet 2020), “… is an outstanding book, the writing is stunning and a true poets’ book for its ability in both form and narrative, and that is, although admittedly biased, absolutely accurate.”
Visit the link below for more information on this prestigious and most deserved award.
Launching in the Fall
A Selected History of Soul Speak, by Andrea Thompson
In this sonically satisfying collection of poems, Andrea Thompson investigates the intersection of page and stage, and the evolution of Spoken Word as a hybrid form of oratory literature. Part text-book, part journal – this collection blurs the space between public and private, while excavating the influence of Black North American art, music and culture on contemporary spoken word. It’s a collection that asks: Why write? Why speak? And then takes us on a journey spanning decades, generations and cultures in the exploration of possible answers.
Bearmen Descend Upon Gimli, by Daniel Lockhart
Bearmen Descend on Gimli is a collection of poems that act together as a narrative of a mythic curling bonspiel set in contemporary Gimli, Manitoba. The collection utilizes the narrative point of view of Raymond Northwind, a past-middle aged man of Ojibwe descent, who is the primary icemaker and custodian for the Gimli Curling Club. Through the use of scenic “glimmer” poems and dream poems, the collection follows the story of Northwind as he brings forth a semi-supernatural curling team of Indigenous “bearmen” to face off against other teams from across Canada for a large and prestigious prize.
Thee Golden Age of the Internet, by Tyler Engstrom
Thee Golden Age of the Internet contains poems, none of which are about the internet. They are about eating oysters, eating the rich, Ferrari jackets in deadbeat bars, many crying men, bagged milk, and poison generations. These poems are a reflection of our culture and what it means to be a real human person, focused only on the things that you didn’t even look twice at when you passed them by even though they stared at you the entire time. These poems are also about none of these things.
Our Bodies' Unanswered Questions, by Wendy Donowa
Donawa’s adult Caribbean life, followed by her re-settlement on her childhood’s salty BC coast, invites poems peopled with casualties of colonizing desires: historical, mythical, personal. Penelope regrets her career choice; news of Martin Luther King’s murder stuns Barbadians; Benedictine monks chant an ars poetica; the provenance of cathedral bells and shopping carts unpacks darker societal realities: “The air fills with atoms of the dear dead”.
Many years ago the natural flow of goods and ideas on the northern Great Plains was oriented north and south. With the creation of the 49th parallel, the international boundary effectively cut off this natural flow. Borderlands Project explores the historical ramifications of the border and more generally, the concept of borders from an artist’s point of view. As an immigrant, I understand liminal states, of being not one nor the other until conscious choices are made.
A Brush With Depth: The Art of Rick Sealock
If a city is characterized by the people who live there, as Calgary transforms, it is important to acknowledge who we are as we grow and change. With this idea in mind, we asked the community to write about someone who represents or captures the essence of Calgary as we are today.
Learn about the city by the poetic portraits of the people!
Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People
Ordinary Stories of Extraordinary People
Who are we? What is our identity? Who are we as a city? Who are the people that live here? What are their stories? How will we build a new future together?
The response we received was awe-inspiring, which meant we divided the submissions in half. Half are published in this book – the other half appear in the On-Line Exhibit – www.sheridwilson.com
Very Bright, Almost Pretty
Very Bright, Almost Pretty explores the largely under-represented impact of Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening disease affecting over four thousand Canadians, and their families. The poems wander through hopelessness, the fight for health, quiet moments of gratitude in the face of mortality, and dark, urgent prayers, joys, and ideals. At once visceral and contemplative, these poems ask what it takes to live a doomed life, and what it takes to reconcile with death.
Plausible Wrong Answers
Anyone who has been through school in the past half-century has experienced poetry in the form of the multiple-choice reading comprehension test. Tyler Perry’s latest collection engages in dialogic, deconstructive play with this familiar format, using his own invented form to explore themes of fear, family, poetry analysis, and the educational experience. These poems involve us in playful readings of text that bring the cult of assessment and reductive poetry analysis into question while deepening our engagement with language, imagery, meaning, and form.
Nautilus and Bone
Nautilus and Bone chronicles the life and work of the radical, passionate Russian-Jewish American poet Anna Margolin on her path toward self-determination. Blending myth, surrealism, historical fact and fiction, this collection of persona poems brings to life one of the most celebrated Yiddish poets of her generation.
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry.
Let This Lake Remember
Joan Shillington’s third poetry collection, Let This Lake Remember … explores the loss of childhood innocence and fragility of life. From glorious moments to a tragic accident these poems reveal, through landscape influences, how memory is everywhere and cannot be forgotten no matter the distance, mentally or physically.
Very Bright, Almost Pretty$19.95 CAD
Let This Lake Remember$19.95 CAD
Nautilus and Bone$19.95 CAD
Plausible Wrong Answers$19.95 CAD
A Brush With Depth: The Art of Rick Sealock$35.00 CAD
YYC POP – Poetic Portraits of People$19.95 CAD
Impact Statement$19.95 CAD
Against Forgetting$19.95 CAD
Baddie One Shoe$19.95 CAD
Waterline Immersion$19.95 CAD
Common Brown House Moths$19.95 CAD