Echoing the Call For Submissions and a Book Spine Poem

Happy National Poetry Month! For this Poetry Friday I have two items to share.


It isn’t often that I hear about a call for submissions specific to children’s poets, so today I’d like to share information about a children’s poetry anthology that is being promoted by Carol-Ann Hoyte. Maybe some poets have already seen this, but I wanted to post it here just in case anyone missed it. Details are listed below via Carol-Ann herself, with permission. Good luck, children’s poets!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Children's Poetry Anthology on Food and Agriculture

Submission Deadline: June 14th, 2014

An independently published anthology of children’s poetry dedicated to the theme of food and agriculture is in the works. Adults who write children’s poetry, including those who are emerging poets, are invited to submit their work. I am looking for original, unpublished poems, written in English, aimed at 8- to 12-year-olds that deal with various aspects of food andagriculture such as (but not limited to):

*food deserts
*edible landscapes
*food banks
*vertical gardens (also known as living walls, biowalls, ecowalls, green walls)
*children's food assistance programs
*gardening (ie. family gardening, school gardens, rooftop gardens, community gardens, balcony/container gardening, window boxes)
*types of farming (ie. rural, urban, organic, sustainable)
*farmer's markets / public markets
*fair trade food
*100-mile diet
*vegetarianism/ veganism

and any other sub-topics you can think of!

I am interested in receiving poems written in a variety of forms including but not limited to the following forms: couplet, triplet, limerick, haiku, tanka, cinquain, diamante, mask poem, apostrophe poem, list poem, etheree, palindrome, etc.

Poets whose work is selected for the collection will be contacted shortly after the deadline. They will also receive a small one-time honorarium.

Please email poems to Carol-Ann Hoyte at


On April 1, Travis Jonker posted a gallery of book spine poems from "students, teachers, librarians, publishers and authors" at 100 Scope Notes.

I’m proud that my poem was among them, and I wanted to share it here today.


It looks as though Travis is still taking submissions and adding to the gallery, so if you're feeling inspired, start pulling books from the shelves and give it a try! It's fun, and more challenging than it looks.


Today Poetry Friday is being hosted by Michelle Barnes at Today's Little Ditty where she is also celebrating her blog's first birthday. Congratulations, Michelle! Link to Today's Little Ditty!


Thanks for stopping by!



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Reader Comments (2)

Great spine poem, Tamera! It would be fun to have a spine poem party at a library, wouldn't it? Not so fun reshelving afterwards though, I imagine. Thanks also for the reminder about the submission opportunity. I had forgotten about that one.

Reply: Thanks, Michelle! Yes, a spine poem party at a library would be a lot of fun.

Thanks for the heads up about the poetry submission opportunity!

Love the last line of your poem! :-)

Reply: My pleasure, Mary Lee. Glad you enjoyed my spine poem.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lee Hahn

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