The word “self-portrait” usually calls to mind a painting by a famous artist such as Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, or Pablo Picasso. With the advent of smart phones, the word “selfie” has entered the lexicon, and anyone and everyone can create their own portraits — and Instagram allows them to turn the images into works of art.  A less known or practiced art is the poetic self-portrait, where the writer creates a study in words of himself or herself. I think the idea of self-portrait poetry is fascinating and fun — yet a bit frightening. Sounds like something to explore — ergo this call for submissions.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: To explore the concept of “selfie” from a poetic perspective, Silver Birch Press is issuing a call for submissions. We are looking for original, found, or erasure poems that provide a self-portrait of the author — and will feature the poems on the Silver Birch Press blog from August 1-31, 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: July 31, 2014