Sheri-D Wilson Student Submission – YYC POP: Portraits of People

YYC POP: Poetic Portraits of Poetry, a Sheri-D Wilson Laureate Project


YYC POP: Portraits of People
Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People
Ordinary Stories of Extraordinary People

Sheri-D Wilson, D. Litt, C.M.
Calgary Poet Laureate Emeritus

What is it?:

This is a call out to all STUDENTS, in the Calgary community and to the world —
from Sheri-D Wilson, Calgary Poet Laureate Emeritus.

I invite you, to write a portrait
in the form of a poem, prose poem, snapshot/ flash fiction —
about someone you know (not about yourself)
who lives and works and makes a difference in Calgary.

This is a great opportunity for you
to have your writing published online
with professional writers,
and for the world to find your amazing talent.

Deadline: August 16, 2020

About your piece:

A city is characterized by its people, and as the world transforms right now,
we ask you to look into who we are as a community today. Your submission will be part
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.

Use this person as an inspiration to investigate your feelings and thoughts about them and express these on the page in your own unique voice. This Call is Open to All students who currently live in Calgary, or the Greater Calgary area. Everyone is invited to participate. If you are an X-Pat of Calgary, you are also welcome.

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  • Must be previously unpublished work—typed, single-spaced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 / applicant
  • Submissions must include:
    writer’s name, phone number, email address and mailing address on each page
  • Writer’s biography (max 3 sentences) & Picture
  • Provide permission for one-time publication

Submissions will be published September 15, 2020.

There will be a city-wide celebration at the end of October... Covid-19 willing.

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