Writes of Spring Call for Submissions – CLOSED

Writes of Spring 


For the 7th year in a row, the Winnipeg Free Press will be publishing poetry by Manitoba writers for National Poetry Month in partnership with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. As always, we’ll be taking a page from the League of Canadian Poets, which means that this year’s theme will be Intimacy.  

However you interpret the theme, editors Ariel Gordon and Duncan Mercredi are looking forward to reading your poems! 

Eligible writers: Manitoba poets, working in English and French. Writes of Spring is committed to a diversity of voices: emerging, PoC, urban, spoken word, Indigenous, established, rural, Black, 2SLGBTQ+, newcomer, and page poets. 


  • Submit a maximum of 5 poems, English or French, on the subject of intimacy. Each poem should be no more than 25 lines. 
  • Submit a short bio (max 30 words). 
  • Questions? Email WritesofSpring@thinairwinnipeg.ca. 
  • Enter your submission materials at THIS LINK.

The DEADLINE for submissions is Monday, March 14, 2022. 

Twelve poems will be selected, and each poet will receive a $75 honorarium as well as publication in the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday, April 23. 

Co-editors Ariel Gordon and Duncan Mercredi are looking forward to reviewing all submissions, and will provide thoughtful editorial engagement with all poets accepted into this year’s group.

Please understand that submissions invariably outnumber potential spaces!


Ariel Gordonis a Winnipeg/Treaty 1-based author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry at the Manitoba Book Awards. Her latest books are Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019) and TreeTalk (At Bay Press, 2020). 

Duncan Mercredi is a Cree/Métis poet, writer and storyteller. A longtime resident of Winnipeg, he was born in Misipawistik (Grand Rapids) and grew up listening to his grandmother’s stories. His writing, including the recent collection mahikan ka onot: The Poetry of Duncan Mercredi, shows his affinity for the wilderness and his sensitivity to the deep cultural prejudices of the broader culture. He is Winnipeg’s Poet Laureate.