It’s summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), a time when people love to hit the road and experience new places. But with current travel restrictions, most of us will have to be content with remembrances of travels past. Let’s share our prior adventures in the LANDMARKS Poetry and Prose Series.

PROMPT: Tell us about a landmark you’ve visited — a well-known landmark or a local site of interest — in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer — this word limit also applies to prose poems).  Did the physical landmark in some way represent a landmark in your life?

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or prose. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish the piece on social media. We are a nonprofit blog and offer no monetary compensation to contributors — the main benefit to you is that we will publicize your work to our 10,000+ followers. If your piece was previously published, please tell us where/when so we can credit the original publisher.

WHEN: We’ll feature the poems and prose in the Silver Birch Press LANDMARKS Poetry and Prose Series on our blog starting in July 2020. We’ll also feature the work on Twitter and Facebook.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email one poem or prose piece to as an MSWord attachment — and in the same file include your name, 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. Write “LANDMARKS” in the subject line of the email. Please send a photo of yourself at the landmark you’re writing about — or a photo of yourself in a travel setting. Send the photos as separate jpg attachments.


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, email address). Also list your home state or country. 

3. In the same MS Word document, include a one-paragraph author’s bio, written in the third person. You are encouraged to include links to your books, websites, and social media accounts — we want to help promote you!

4. In the same MS Word document, include a note about your poem/prose or creative process written in the first person (this is optional — but encouraged).

5. If available, send a photo of yourself at the landmark you’re writing about, or a photo of yourself in a travel setting, as a SEPARATE jpg attachment (not in the MS Word document). If possible, also send an additional author’s photo for your bio. Title the photos with your last name (e.g., Jones1.jpg, Jones2.jpg).

7. Email to — and put  “LANDMARKS” in the subject line.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, July 31, 2020

Illustration by Katsiaryna Pleshakova, used by permission.