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Submission Call: Poems Inspired by Films

By Tightrope Books | December 11th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Film Reel

Tightrope Books is delighted to announce I Found It at the Movies. This forthcoming anthology seeks new and previously published poems inspired by cinema. All styles and approaches welcome. We’re looking for poems that reference specific films or actors, genres of film, the act of movie-going or video-watching, or the intersections of movies and life.

Editors are Ruth Roach Pierson and Sue MacLeod, and the publication date is spring 2013. Please submit from one to five poems (1 to 5), as attachments, to filmpoems@gmail.com, along with a brief  biography. We will send an acknowledgment upon receipt, and hope to complete our selection process by October 2012. Please include full publication details for any poems which have appeared or been accepted elsewhere. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent Canadian resident. Submission deadline: March 31, 2012.



Submission Call: Poets’ Love Letters

By Tightrope Books | December 10th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Heart in Envelope

Attention Poets! Tightrope Books is delighted to announce  an new exciting anthology to be edited by Jeanette Lynes and David Eso. The book’s working title is Love Letters: from the Lives of Canadian Poets.

The editors are assembling the first anthology of love letters by Canadian poets, known and unknown. The editors are seeking communiqués by poets regarding relationships of romantic love.  From courtship to heartache, from telegrams to emails, this collection will run the gamut.

HOW TO SUBMIT: (You must be a poet and a Canadian citizen or permanent Canadian resident)

Create a cover page for the editors with the following:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Birth date AND the Date of composition of the letter.
  • A brief bio (not exceeding 200 words).

Transcribe/transpose your  letter(s) into an electronic document format (preferably Word) or scan the original letter and create a pdf.  Remember, passionate emails are considered letters for our purposes! We will consider publishing your submission anonymously, if requested in the cover letter. The name of the recipient may also remain anonymous.  In some cases, we will consider including replies, addressed to the poet.

Send submissions electronically, by March 15th 2012, to: poetsloveletters@tightropebooks.com

Or by snail mail to: Love Letters c/o Tightrope Books, 17 Greyton Cres., Toronto ON M6E 2G1


The Toronto Quarterly open for submissions!

By Tightrope Books | May 3rd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Toronto Quarterly is officially opening submissions once again for the next issue (TTQ6)! If you would like your work to appear in the Summer Issue, the final deadline for submissions will be August 1, 2010.

Send your BEST poetry (4-6 poems), short stories (1-2 stories max, 500-3000 words), artwork, and photographs. Please copy and paste your poetry into the body of your email or send as one attachment in word.doc format. Send all short story submissions as a word doc. attachment. Any poetry or short story submissions sent as multiple attachments or not in word.doc will not be read.

If you have a novel/poetry book, a poetry/music cd or dvd that you’re interested in having the Quarterly review, please email your query to thetorontoquarterly@hotmail.com with REVIEW REQUEST typed into the subject box.

All submissions should contain a short biography (5-6 lines max) stating town/city you reside in, previous publishing accomplishments, educational background if so desired. Please don’t send a novel about yourself. Make it interesting and promote your books and/or webpages if desired.

One submission per issue. Multiple submissions won’t be read. Be sure to send us your best work the first time or wait until the following issue to submit again.

The Toronto Quarterly does not publish previously published works.

All right and copyright upon publication with TTQ remains with the author.

PAYMENT: Each contributor to TTQ6 will receive a free e-book of TTQ6 as payment. It will be emailed to the contributor as a pdf file.

E-mail all submissions to: thetorontoquarterly@hotmail.com

Good luck and have fun!

Submit to Best Canadian Speculative Fiction 2011

By Tightrope Books | March 24th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Publishers are invited to submit their anthologies or short story collections to editors Halli Villegas and Sandra Kasturi in hard copy or by PDF. If the work is from a collection or anthology, it must have appeared there for the first time. Reprints published within the last year are not eligible. Individual authors, if they wish, are also invited to submit work that may have appeared in a low print run or other obscure place if it was published in the preceding year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) and compensation was received for it. We will also accept submissions from Canadian authors writing in another language, but they must have a publishable English translation along with the original.

The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2011.

Hard copies can can be mailed to:

Sandra Kasturi and Halli Villegas, Editors
The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction
67 Alameda Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario, M6C 3W4

PDFs can can be e-mailed here.

Call for Submissions!

By Tightrope Books | February 24th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Latinas/os PRESENTES: Voice, Culture and Creativity in Nuestra (Our?) Canada.



We are seeking submissions for an edited collection of Latina/o Canadian cultural work to be published in fall 2010 by Tightrope Books under our new Zurita imprint and edited by Lorena M. Gajardo, a Latina and scholar of Latino/a identity in Canada.

This curated collection will present experiences and reflections of Latina/o lives and identity in Canada from the perspective of 2nd and 1.5 generation Latina/o young adults. We are looking for original and previously unpublished works in a variety of genres—poetry, prose, short stories, spoken word, monologues, biographical essays, black-and-white illustrative work—that address the question of what it means to grow up and be a young Latina/o in Canada.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

Being Latina/o in Canada
Border crossings (all kinds)
Identity struggles
Latina/o artistic production in Canada
Love (including interracial or intercultural relationships)
Activism and Latinidad
Gender and Latinidad
Belonging (or not belonging)
Access or lack of it
Latina/o music in Canada
Self-esteem and being Latina/o
Queer Latinidad
Latinas/os and the media (mainstream, alternative, online)

Submission Guidelines:
Contributions must be submitted electronically by MAY 7, 2010.
All contributions must be a maximum of 1,500 words.
Email your contribution to Lorena Gajardo at gajardolorena2@gmail.com

We look forward to receiving your work.