Calling All Writers, Poets, and Artists

Hill Spirits Anthology #1

Anthology 2022

Title: Hill Spirits V

Submission Guidelines


In support of the Northumberland Festival of the Arts, which will take place across Northumberland County from September 16 – October 2, 2022, the inspiring theme for our fifth anthology is “Celebrating Resilience”.

Consider the way a tree bends and flexes during a violent storm or a flower pushes through the pavement of a parking lot. And in the words of this Japanese proverb: “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Synonyms for resilience include: flexibility, durability, toughness and strength.

If you are reading these words, you have overcome adversity, loss, disappointment, misfortune, heartache and much more. And if you’re a writer, the beginnings of an inspirational story or poem has already begun to tease your grey cells and fire up your neurons.

Who May Submit

Residents of the following eastern Ontario counties: Northumberland, Durham, Peterborough, Hastings and Prince Edward.

When to Submit

Submit between now and March 31, 2022

What to Submit

Send prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Rather than memoir, please use personal narrative. (A personal narrative focuses on an event while a memoir focuses on the author.)

We are also accepting cover art (see below).

Material should be original, in English and preferably unpublished. Previously published is only an option if you own the copyright. No excerpts from longer pieces. Although submissions will be edited, please self-edit your submissions.

Writers may submit a maximum of two pieces; and those submissions may be a mix of prose and poetry.

• Fiction is limited to a maximum of 3000 words per story.

• Non-fiction – a maximum of 2500 words.

• Poetry up to 50 lines including stanza breaks

Preparing Your Submission

Be sure to edit your submission – aim for publication ready.


• typed and double-spaced (EXCEPT POETRY)

• 12 point font Times New Roman

• minimum 1” margins on all sides

• insert header with name/one word from title/page number

Sending Your Submission

All work should be submitted as attachments by email to with the subject heading on the email: Anthology 2022 (Your Name)

In the body of the email, include: your full name (or pseudonym if applicable), the title(s) of the pieces  and a press-ready bio [max 50 words]. Do not attach this information in a separate file.

Attach submission pieces as separate documents to a single email in MSWord (PC or Apple platform) saved as .RTF or .DOC or DOCX .

Submitting Cover Art

We are accepting submissions for cover art. Images (photographs, paintings, drawings, etc.) must be at least 300dpi, apply to both front and back covers and relate to the theme – Celebrating Resilience. Email Anthology 2022 cover art to

Copyright remains with the author.

Each contributor may buy copies of the anthology at a discounted author rate.

A launch event will be held as part of the Northumberland Festival of the Arts (NFOTA) on September 24, 2022.

Simultaneous Submissions

Are accepted, provided that you identify them as such and agree to notify us immediately if a piece has been accepted elsewhere.


If your work is accepted, we will contact you by April 30, 2022 at the email address you provide.

Any Questions?

Email and put QUERY ANTHOLOGY 22 in the subject line.

Hill Spirits IV

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