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YYC POP: Portraits of People

Calgary Poet Laureate Legacy Project

The application deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Updated Submission Deadline: November 30, 2019

YYC POP: Portraits of People is an open call out to the community, the entire city and the world, from Sheri-D Wilson, Calgary’s Poet Laureate.

We invite you to write a portrait—in the form of a poem, prose poem, or snapshot/flash fiction—about someone you know who lives and works in Calgary or a historical figure whose contribution or story remains relevant today.

This legacy project explores: Who are we? What is our identity as a city? Who are the people that live here? And what are their stories?

YYC POP will be curated by a jury of professional writers, and selected portraits will be included in a hard copy anthology being published by Frontenac House next year.

You don’t have to be a writer to submit, and YYC POP is open to everyone living in Calgary, the greater Calgary area, and ex-pats!

For full details and to submit your portrait, please visit

Award-winning Calgary publisher, Frontenac House will publish as an anthology of the successful juried works. Any writing not chosen for the hard-copy anthology will be published online. If your poem is selected to be part of YYC POP: Portraits of People, you may be invited to read your work at one of many book launches/galas in April 2020.

About your Piece

A city is characterized by its people, and as Calgary transforms, we ask you to look, as a community at what our identity is today. So, your submission will be a piece of the larger puzzle which represents the new Calgary—your portrait may be about a person you know, or you may choose to write about a historical figure whose contribution or story, remains relevant to this day.

The person you choose to write about should keenly represent the spirit and identity of Calgary now, as the city changes and grows. The person you write about cannot be named (named proper) in your work.

Learn about the city by the poetic portraits of the people!

Submission Guidelines:

  • Poetry/prose poem/snapshot/flash fiction.
  • Must be previously unpublished work—typed, single-spaced.
  • Not more than 50 lines/poem.
  • Must be submitted in DOC and PDF.
  • One submission per applicant.

Submissions Must Include:

  • Writer’s name, phone number, email address and mailing address on each page.
  • The writer’s biography (max three sentences, or approx. 50 words).

If your submission is successful, you will be expected to:

  • Provide permission for one-time publication.
  • Submit a short bio (max three sentences) and picture, on deadline.
  • Meet all deadlines for the delivery of materials needed for publication including the confirmation of all line editing changes.

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