The Ontario Poetry Society
Scarlet Thistles Poetry Anthology -

About TOPS








Members' Poetry







Scarlet Thistles - A Canadian Poetry Anthology
Fran Figge - Editor/Compiler
Lynn Tait - Illustrator

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

The Ontario Poetry Society is a registered, not-for-profit, grass roots, democratic, poet-friendly organization.
This collection will feature your poetry on themes that affect us globally. Poems about poverty, hunger,
disease, AIDS, discrimination, persecution, racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, child abuse, child labour,
elderly abuse, homophobia, misogyny, LGBT rights, women's rights, aboriginal rights, human rights,
poems about war, anti-war movements, martyrs, soldiers, draft-dodgers, peace keepers and freedom fighters.
Poems on genocide, terrorism, imprisonment, freedom of speech, counter-cultural poems that strive for peace,
building bridges, reaching out and healing. Poems on famous people, including world leaders, tyrants,
dictators, presidents, prime ministers, writers, artists, journalists, heroes, doctors, nurses, teachers,
social workers, protesters, personal service workers, whistle blowers, radical thinkers, missionaries
and activists. Poems about organizations which work for change including The Peace Corps,
Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, UNESCO, PEN, Reporters Without Borders,
UNICEF, The Red Cross and Green Peace. Poems about tree huggers, anti-whaling groups,
guerilla gardeners and poems about refugees and third world countries. Finally, poems wanted
about global warming and on environmental issues.
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. Kindly 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 and a maximum of 10 poems.
Kindly make sure your name is neatly printed on the top left hand corner of your poem.

Each member is guaranteed to have a minimum of 2 short poems or 1 long poem that needs two pages in the book.

Kindly 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 15, 2014. < New date: March 31/14
Estimated date of publication is August 31, 2014.

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.-
$20 Per Copy
(Get 4 copies for $70.00 - $10 discount on the 4th 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. Kindly 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.

Kindly send poems, Bio Information Form and payment to:

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

Bio Information page