Stroll of Poets Anthology 2020

Each year the Stroll publishes an anthology of poems submitted by its members. The Stroll of Poets Anthology is a diverse record of the poets who have supported the Stroll’s throughout its history.


To have a poem published in the Stroll of Poets Anthology 2020 you must be a paid member of the Stroll of Poets Society.

General information, including acknowledgement of submissions

Please read the POETRY GUIDELINES and COVER ART GUIDELINES very carefully and make sure your submission fits the criteria. Poems and/or bios that do not meet the criteria may need to be cut, narrowed, shortened or have lines broken. This may result in amendments to your bio or unintended changes to the meaning of your poem.

POETRY submission guidelines

Every poet who is a paid member of the Stroll of Poets Society is invited to submit one poem for inclusion in the anthology.

  1. Submission deadline EXTENDED to January 22, 2020.
  2. Each poem and bio must fit on one page in the anthology.
  3. Your poem must have a one line title.
  4. Maximum length of poem: 32 lines. This includes:
    • one line for the title
    • one blank line between the title and the first line of the poem
    • a maximum of 30 lines for the poem itself, including any blank lines between stanzas (lines include blank lines between stanzas as well as any additional lines for epigraphs, quotations, etc.)
  5. Please use Times New Roman 12 point font (no variations).
  6. Maximum width of poem: 75 characters. (spaces count as characters).
  7. Include your bio at the end of your poem, on the same page as your poem. Leave one line space between the end of your poem and your bio. Use your name as the “title” of your bio.
  8. Maximum length of bio: 65 words.

Email submissions

  1. The best way to submit your poem is directly to the editor, via email at:
  2. Please submit your poem and bio in only:
    • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format or
    • rich text file (.rtf) format.

Hard copy submissions

  1. Follow the submission guidelines above for length, width, etc.
  2. Type your poem and bio on one 8-1/2” x 11” sheet of paper.
  3. Please use Time New Roman 12 point font (no variations).
  4. On a separate sheet, include your name, address, telephone number and, if available, your email address.
  5. If you are submitting a hand written poem, please be sure it is legible, and that any indents or formatting features are also clearly legible.
  6. Mail your poem, bio and contact information to:
    Stroll of Poets Anthology
    c/o Ellen Kartz, Writers’ Guild of Alberta
    11759 Groat Road
    Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6

COVER ART submission guidelines

Imagine seeing your photograph or artwork featured on the cover of the Stroll of Poets Anthology 2020! This anthology will not only be found in the homes of the 90 plus poets whose work graces its pages, but will also be sold through local bookstores and at regular Stroll poetry readings and functions. Copies of the anthology may also be given as gifts or door prizes.

The Stroll of Poets offers a $100 Honorarium to the successful artist. The anthology cover is selected through a blind judging process.

  1. Submission deadline is January 15, 2020 (no deadline extension).
  2. Artwork must fit the anthology format of 8-1/2” x 9” (21.5 cm x 23.25 cm).
  3. Electronic submissions must have a resolution of no less than 300 ppi.
  4. Artwork may be in the form of photos, drawings or other visual art that can be scanned to conform to the given dimensions.
  5. Images that relate to poetry and/or to Edmonton are generally preferred.
  6. Images may not contain identifiable people.
  7. No more than three pieces will be accepted from any one entrant.
  8. Please submit your artwork without your name on the art. On a separate page, submit a cover letter that includes your name, address, telephone number and, if available, your email address. Also provide a brief description of your submission (including its title, if it has one).
  9. Submit your image:
    • via email to the anthology editor at
    • via postal mail to:
      Stroll of Poets Anthology, Cover Art
      c/o Ellen Kartz, Writers’ Guild of Alberta
      11759 Groat Road
      Edmonton, AB  T5M 3K6

Submission Receipt

The anthology editor will acknowledge receipt of all online and hard copy submissions and of all cover art submissions within two weeks (10 business days) of receipt. If, within that time, you have not received confirmation that your submission has been received, please contact Ellen Kartz at or by phone at 780.422.8216.

Complimentary Copy

All Stroll members in good standing for the 2019-20 season are entitled to receive one complimentary copy of the book, which will be given out at the Stroll of Poets Annual General Meeting and Anthology Launch in March 2020. If eligible poets are unable to attend the AGM, arrangements may be made with Ellen Kartz to pick up the current volume, as well as past issues of the Stroll Of Poets Anthology.

Proofreading Bee

Details for the 2020 Proofing Bee coming soon!


For enquiries, contact Ellen Kartz at or by phone at 780.422.8216.