On Thursday, September 24, 2015, Silver Birch Press will commemorate F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s 119th birthday by celebrating his masterwork, The Great Gatsby, with found or erasure poems from the novel. That’s where you come in! If you’d like to submit a found poem or erasure poem from The Great Gatsby, we’ll be happy to feature it as part our birthday celebration for F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The following info may come in handy:

  1. Find a definition of erasure poetry here.
  2. Find a definition of found poetry here.
  3. Find the text of The Great Gatsby at gutenberg.net.au.


1. Send ONE MS Word document TITLED WITH YOUR LAST NAME (e.g. Smith.doc or Jones.docx). (If it’s an erasure poem, you may send the image in jpg or pdf format.)

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., Zelda Sayre has been writing since age eight…”).

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

5. Email to SBPSUBMISSIONS@gmail.com — and put FITZ in the subject line.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Thanks! We’re also planning some giveaways, so stay tuned.