During July, many countries — including the U.S., Canada, and France — celebrate national holidays. At Silver Birch Press, we are initiating our own annual holiday — July 2nd, Half New Year’s Day.

According to wikipedia.org, July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year. This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon on July 2nd. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m.; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. In a leap year in those countries, the midpoint occurs at 1:00 a.m. In common years, July 2nd falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: To celebrate Half New Year — and the 182 remaining days in the year — Silver Birch Press is issuing a call for submissions. We are looking for original poetry based on the theme that Half New Year evokes (half, middle, and/or new) or erasure poems based on page 72 (for July 2nd, 7/2) of a book of your choice. The erasure poem should reflect the theme (half, middle, and/or new) in some way. We will feature the poems on the Silver Birch Press blog from July 2-31, 2014.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please send entries as MSWord attachments to silver@silverbirchpress.com along with your name, mailing address, email address, one-paragraph bio, and any notes about your creative process (send all of this in one MSWord document). For erasure poems, send typed version of poem and a jpg scan of the original erasure.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2014