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. July 2 is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon on July 2nd.

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 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