General Submissions Are Open
The Origami Poems Project has been publishing microchaps of poetry since 2009. This is our 113h year providing free poetry! We're a Domestic Non-Profit Corporation registered in the State of Rhode Island with our 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Federal designation as of 2013.
Read the poetry on the Home page to get a feel for what publish. We encourage readers to be somewhat uplifted - not buried in darkness.
We prefer original work but if previously published, provide details. Each microchap is printed on a (US) standard 8.5 x 11" page (as a PDF) and folded, origami-style, into a palm-sized booklet. Your work should accommodate these settings. If in doubt, see our website, www.origamipoems.com to view or download/print a microchap.
Once folded, there are 6 'pages' in the microchap. Each page allows 47 characters per line including spaces using 9-10 font sizes. Each page will hold 25-27 lines.
For longer-lined pieces, three (3) reading pages are available with 107 characters per line. The longer poem is shown across 2 pages (with a fold in the center of the poem's text).
Please submit the poems in a Word document. There is no submission fee and the microchaps are free to download. Folding instructions are here (found on the website under Who We Are).
Please wait 2-3 months between submissions (closed July - August.)
Donations are gratefully accepted. See our Donations page or follow this Link.
Submit work of one (1) to six (6) poems. Yes, we prefer original work but will consider a few previously published poems in the mix. Be sure to include acknowledgments. Please submit multiple poems in one submission. We'll sort them out.
Download a microchap from our Home page (https://www.origamipoems.com) by clicking on the title of the microchap and see how the poems fit on the single-page PDF. Collections range from Haiku length to multi-line fictional efforts.
Each microchap "page" has 47 characters per line, including spaces, with room for 25-27 lines.
(For long-lined pieces, three (3) reading pages are available with 107 characters per line)
Please make sure your submission adheres to these space constraints.
We prefer work that is not exceedingly dark, depressive, or relentlessly violent and/or abusive. In other words, open the window and give us some air and light by the time we've completed our journey. Provide Light.
- Only original, unpublished poems (as of our publishing) are considered eligible for our Pushcart Prize nominations at the end of the year (closing date for these nominations is December 1st so keep this in mind).
- If we do not publish your submission, take heart and submit in 2-3 months time. Many poets have published many microchaps over the years... feel welcome.
About 4 times a year we send out a newsletter through MailChimp and will let everyone know about the latest microchaps.