I can’t believe I’m just now hearing about this amazing project! “The mission of the Origami Poems Project™ is the encouragement of literature & the arts by bringing Free Poetry to everyone through the printing and distribution (world-wide) of free Origami micro-chapbooks as well as through poetry events, both of which engender increasing awareness of and appreciation for the art of poetry… and for the poet in all of us.”
They are currently open for submissions for their FREE contest with the theme “Kindness” which was inspired by this quote:
“My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Llama
For more info Origami Poems and their non-profit status, check out their Who We Are page and don’t forget to take a moment to support them with a donation of any size. They are completely funded by donations. And with a tagline like “Helping the world, one free micro-chapbook at a time” how can you resist!
They have lots of other information on their page as well, including:
- FREE poetry! Every title can be downloaded as a PDF. You’ll find lots of familiar names here, Martin Willitts, Jr., A.J. Huffman, Kim Peter Kovac, Ariana D. Den Bleyker, Howie Good, Robert Okaji, Laurie Kolp, Winston Plowes . . . the list goes on and on!
- Tips on folding micro-chapbooks
- Stories about Random Act of Poetry
- Sign up for their quarterly email newsletter
- Submission guidelines to contribute your own micro-chapbook
For more info on how to submit to literary magazine and journals, read my Submission Tips here.
DEADLINE: March 1, 2016
ENTRY FEE: None
PRIZE: Winners presented with Special Origami Micro-chapbook
FORMS: Poem may be any length but no longer than 50 lines.
NOTES: Submit up to two poems. Finalist Judge is CA poet/artist Peg Quinn.
DEADLINE: Open for submissions all months, EXCEPT April and August
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: Specific format, read guidelines carefully and download their examples
PAYMENT: “Upon acceptance we’ll post your book under your own Bio page. You’ll receive a packet of your Origami micro-chapbooks to read, share, or display on the tiniest of bookshelves.” Plus, the warm fuzzy feeling of sharing your poems!