Call for Submissions: Writes of Spring

For the past four years, the Winnipeg Free Press has hosted a National Poetry Month project edited by Ariel GordonNow for the fifth anniversary of the project, we are delighted to be teaming up with Ariel, and to celebrate, we’ve come up with a new name: welcome to Writes of Spring!
Taking a page from the League of Canadian Poets, this year’s theme will be “The World of Poetry”. Have you written poems about your experience living in, or traveling to, other parts of the world? Have you ever tried your hand at some of the world’s poetic forms, like ghazals or tanka or sijo?
However you interpret the theme, editors Ariel Gordon and Kerry Ryan are looking forward to reading your poems!

Eligible writers: Manitoba writers. Writes of Spring is committed to a diversity of voices: emerging, PoC, spoken word, Indigenous, established, LGBTQ+, newcomer, and page poets.


  • Email previously unpublished poems in English on the theme of “The World of Poetry” to
  • The DEADLINE for submissions is March 15, 2020.
  • Submit a maximum of 5 poems. Each poem should be no more than 25 lines.
  • Please submit your poems in one Word document (PDF or RTF also acceptable).
  • Send a short bio (max 40 words), both in the body of the email AND in your submission.

Writes of Spring will be published in a two-page spread in the Winnipeg Free Press’s 49.8 section in the month of April. A launch at McNally Robinson will follow on the same day, featuring readings by the selected poets.

Ariel Gordon is the author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her latest books are Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019) and TreeTalk: Winnipeg (At Bay Press, 2020).

Kerry Ryan has published two books of poetry, The Sleeping Life (The Muses’ Company) and Vs. (Anvil), a finalist for the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada.