The Origami Poems Project has been publishing free microchaps of poetry since 2009.  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.

Free Poetry is our mantra... trying to help the world one microchap at a time.  In April 2017 we published 'The Best of Kindness, II,' a collection of poems submitted during our 2nd Annual Kindness contest. 

We prefer & encourage original work but if previously published, provide details.  Each microchap is printed on an 8.5 x 10" page (PDF) and folded, origami-style, into a palm-sized booklet. Your work should accommodate these settings.  If in doubt, see our website, to download and print one of the many collections.  

There is no fee to submit and are microchaps are free to download and enjoy.

Please wait 6 months between submissions. 

We are closed for submissions in April and July - August.

And, yes, donations are gratefully accepted - no matter how small.  We have a PayPal account for any random acts of inspired generosity - see our Donations page found under 'Who We Are.'

  • Send your work of one (1) to six (6) poems.  We prefer original work but certainly consider previously published poetry.  Be sure to include acknowledgments.  
  • Download a microchap to see how the poems fit on the single-page PDF.  The collections range from Haiku length to multi-line fictional efforts. 

    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.

  • Only original, unpublished poems (as of our publishing) are considered eligible for our Pushcart Prize nominations at the end of the year (closing date for these nominations is December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  • If we do not publish your submission, take heart and submit in 4-6 months time.  Many poets have published many microchaps over the years...  feel welcome.

  • About 3 times a year we send out a newsletter through MailChimp and will let everyone know about the latest microchaps. 
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