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It seems that everywhere you go — from the supermarket to the airport — music plays over the sound systems. Sometimes these songs are emotional triggers, casting you back to the time and place where the music and the memory converged. We want to hear about your song-related memories in a poem, prose poem, or flash fiction. Nothing generic — that is, we’re NOT looking for work about music in general or lots of songs, and we are NOT looking for homages to singers or musicians, or poems that are riffs on songs, or poem/stories that include an abundance of lyrics from the original source  — we’re looking for work about how a specific song sparks particular personal memories. To be even clearer: We are looking for how one specific song takes you back to a specific moment when you formed an emotional connection with the song. In short, we are looking for poems and stories about a past event/day/moment (not an impressionistic amalgam of moments) — the poem or story is the narrative of that event/day/moment. Please send a photo of yourself at any age to accompany the writing.

PROMPT: Tell us your song-related recollections in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose poem/flash fiction piece (200 words or less). The poem or story should be about a particular song (one song) that sparks particular memories. For the series, you can also submit found or erasure poems based on song lyrics (cite your source — title of song and composer).

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or flash fiction. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish on social media and in a potential print edition.

WHEN: We’ll feature the poems/flash fiction during the Silver Birch Press WHEN I HEAR THAT SONG Poetry/Flash Fiction Series starting in October (actual date to be determined, based on number of submissions).

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email one poem or prose poem/flash fiction to as an MSWord attachment — and in the same file include your name, contact info (including email address), one-paragraph author’s bio (written in third person), and any notes about your creative process or thoughts about your piece. Please put all this information in one MSWord document and title the file with your last name (and only your last name). Write”Song” in subject line of email. Please send a photo of yourself — at any age — in a separate jpg file to accompany the poem, and provide a caption for the photo (when, where).


To help everyone understand our submission requirements, we’ve prepared the following checklist.

1. Send ONE MS Word document TITLED WITH YOUR LAST NAME (e.g. Smith.doc or Jones.docx).

2. In the same MS Word document, include your contact information (name, mailing address, email address).

3. In the same MS Word document, include an author’s bio, written in the third person (e.g., Mary Anderson has been writing since age eight…”).

4. In the same MS Word document, include a note about your poem/flash fiction or creative process (this is optional).

5. In the same MS Word document, include a caption for your photo (including where, when and/or date taken).

6. Send a photo of yourself at any age as a SEPARATE jpg attachment (not in the MS Word document). Title the photo with your last name (e.g., Jones.jpg).

7. Email to — and put SONG in the subject line.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday, October 31, 2015