LCP Chapbook Series: SAWCI Edition

The LCP Chapbook Series is now accepting submissions for a chapbook that will spotlight the work of poets across Canada. The League has partnered with the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc. (SAWCI) to showcase the voices, community, and incredible poetic writing of Indigenous Writers in Saskatchewan, and of poets across Canada. Rita Bouvier (who is a member of the Advisory Circle for SAWCI and acts as the League’s Saskatchewan Representative) will be the editor for this chapbook.

The publication of this chapbook has been generously supported by the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health.

Publication in this chapbook is open to members of the League of Canadian Poets and SAWCI. Poets may submit 1-3 poems for consideration. Guest editor Rita Bouvier will select 1-2 poems by 10-25 poets.

The chapbook will be designed and hand-sewn by Nicole Brewer, the League’s Administrative Director and one half of the words(on)pages team. Contributors will receive payment of $25 per published poem plus 3 copies of the chapbook. There is no submission fee.

The submission deadline is January 15, 2019. The chapbook will be published during National Poetry Month (April 2020) in a limited-edition run.

Submission guidelines:

  • Poetry submissions may consist of one to three previously unpublished (print or online) poems in any style (including prose poems).
  • Length is flexible, though poems longer than 2 pages will be considered only if they are of exceptional quality and no longer than 4 pages.
  • Include a cover letter with your name, email address, and a short (100 words or under) bio.
  • All submissions should be in doc, docx, or PDF format. Please remove any identifying information from the pages with your submitted poetry to allow a blind-reading by our editor.
  • All submissions must be sent to info@poets.ca.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately.

Joining SAWCI and the League: Submissions are open to members of the League of Canadian Poets and of SAWCI. But, we are open to hearing from you if you are not yet a member of either organization. If you are a non-member who would like to be included in this project, please send an email to info@poets.ca for more information on how we can support your membership in the League of Canadian Poets or SAWCI.

About the Editor

Bouvier is an educator and a writer. Rita is the author of three collections of poetry. nakomowin’sa for the seasons (Thistledown Press, 2015) was the 2016 Sask Book Awards winner of the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award. Rita’s poetry has appeared as a children’s book, in literary anthologies, musical and television productions, and has been translated into Spanish, German and Cree-Michif of her home community. Home is sakitawak—Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, situated on the historic trading and meeting grounds of the Cree and Dene people living in the region.

Bouvier lives in Saskatoon and currently acts as the Saskatchewan Representative for the League of Canadian Poets and is a member of the Advisory Circle for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc. (SAWCI).