You are a Flower Growing off the Side of a Cliff: a chapbook about mental health and resiliency

Now available in two volumes! The LCP Chapbook Series presents: You are a Flower Growing off the Side of a Cliff: poems about mental health and resiliency.

from editor Rayanne Haines:

The poems in this collection weave and jolt through the human condition. They are raw and determined. They are haunting, and in some cases, haunted. They are intentional. They interrogate. They remember. They clap back. In this collection, resilience resonates as both boulder or a tulip. 

Volume one: Jessica Coles, Lorne Daniel, griffin epstein, Clara A. B. Joseph, Dan MacIsaac, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Antigone Oreopoulos, Julia Sorensen, Andrea Thompson and Erin Wilson.

Volume two: Moni Brar, Franco Cortese, Catherine Grahame, Samantha Jones, Karen Klassen, Kelly B. Madden, Kim Mannix, Anna Quon, Greg Santos, Lauren Seal, Catherine St. Denis, Amy Willans, and Anna Yin.


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In this edition, the LCP Chapbook Series and editor Rayanne Haines is looking for well-crafted, unpublished poems reflecting resistance and resilience, witness and vision. We welcome work that stares hard at racism, sexism, environmental chaos, trauma and the invisibilization of mental health challenges. The word resilience honours the stamina, imagination, and ingenuity required to provoke radical change through language. Send us your poems about wild resiliency and unchained resistance.

The League encourages submissions by equity seeking individuals including LGBTQI2S, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, writers with disabilities, women, and those who face barriers because of mental health challenges and neurodivergence. We are also open to submissions written in dialects not recognized by mainstream publishing, and translations into English. If you are submitting a poem in a language other than English, please provide additional context for our readers in English.

Submissions are closed. The deadline to submit was March 8, 2021.

Submission guidelines:

  • Submissions are open to Canadian citizens and poets living and/or practicing in Canada.
  • All submissions must be in DOC, DOCX or PDF format.
  • Poetry submissions may consist of one to three previously unpublished (print or online) poems in any style (including prose poems).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. Poems longer than 4 pages cannot be considered.
  • Please complete the form in its entirety. If you have trouble with the form, contact
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately.
  • Selected poets will receive a $25 honorarium per selected poem.


We encourage writers to seek out self care, connect with community, and access treatment from mental health professionals. You may find benefit from the resource list: Mental wellness resources for Canadian writers and their families from The Writers’ Trust. This list is tailored to Canadian writers, to help you and your family get through these challenging times.

The LCP Chapbook Series publishes fresh and exceptional Canadian poetry guided by various themes and forms to increase visibility and recognition for the various identities and intersections that contribute to the vibrant Canadian poetry community.

Collections from the LCP Chapbook Series are produced in a limited run and are lovingly hand-sewn by Nic Brewer.