The Ontario Poetry Society Presents
By the Wishing Tree - A Canadian Poetry
Becky Alexander, Editor/Compiler & Eva Kolacz, Illustrator
All members of The Ontario Poetry Society are invited to participate in our annual anthology of poetry.
This collection will feature your best poems on trees, roots, and everything linked to trees.
Trees - Your favourite kind of tree, whether hemlock, palm, maple, oak, birch, pine, bonsai,
evergreen, etc, Arboreal forests, rainforests, tropical forests,Tree seasons (budding
and shedding deciduous trees and enduring conifers).Planting, tree hugging, favorite tree
to sit under, trees as shelter, shade, wind blocks, soil anchors, deforestation, monoculture,
city trees, tree diseases and pests, Tree houses, tree climbing, and childhood tree memories.
Roots- Finding your roots, establishing your roots, things that anchor you,
Vegetation that grows around trees including grass and weeds, mushrooms and toadstools, fungi,
both poisonous and non-poisonous and hallucinogenic 'shrooms, the Trillium
Leaves and Fruit - How leaves breathe, regenerate oxygen, clean and filter air,
Tree fruit and medicine, how trees sustain us
Going Out on a Limb - Branching out, trying something new,
Taking a risk ie. coming to the rescue of an animal or a person, white water rafting
Animals - Animals that rely on trees for food or shelter, ie:. squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, birds, sloths, snakes and monkeys
Fantasy & Magic - Leprechauns, Fairies. Gnomes, Dryads, making wishes and
dreams-come-true, Paradise, Eden, Shangri-La, Trees as entities, the Tree of Life,
Celtic tree symbolism
Love - heartfelt love, whether for a person, a pet or a thing like a brand new shiny car.
Poems may be in rhyme and/or in free verse. Poems may be previously published, as long as the author (you) hold the copyright.
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. Poems to be single spaced.
Only one poem per page #12 Times New Roman or Arial font.
Each member must submit a minimum of 5 poems up to a maximum of 10 poems. This way the editor/compiler
has enough choices from your submission to make the best selection for the book.
Kindly make sure your name is neatly printed on the top left hand corner of your poem
and the theme of each poem is typed on the upper right hand corner of the page.
Each member is guaranteed to have a minimum of 2 short poems or 1 long poem that needs two pages in the book.
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 31, 2021
Estimated date of publication is August 31, 2021.
The Ontario Poetry Society is a registered, not-for-profit, grass roots, democratic, poet-friendly organization.
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. Pre-publication Offer - $25 per 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. Make your cheque or money order payable to
The Ontario Poetry Society. All participants in this project will receive a designer bookmark as a thank you gift.
Our anthologies are sold out very quickly. To avoid disappointment, kindly order as many books you know you'll need.
These anthologies make perfect birthday and holiday gifts. After publication, copies will be $30 each.
Send poems, Bio Information Form and payment to:
The Ontario Poetry Society, #710 - 65 Spring Garden, Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9.
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