Call for Cover Art: OPEN!

We are now accepting submissions for cover art for emerge 17.

This year we are particularly interested in images that convey an unfolding.

Big and small “unfoldings” occur all around us in many ways: rapid and raw; subtle—movements that slip by unnoticed; alone, or in community.

See the Call for Cover Art page for full submission details including submission method, digital requirements, etc.

Submission deadline: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ noon (PST)

We look forward to reviewing your images!


Individual Google Doc Links

You will each have received an individual link to your own Google doc, sent by Janet, our Managing Editor, on June 1st. The email provides a review of how to place your piece in the document (and how to format it), as well as instructions for submitting your author bio.

Important dates

  • June 14th, noon: First drafts and author bios due
  • June 26th: Feedback due from section editors

Notes for Poets

Using Styles for Poetry in the Template

Each production season, poets have questions about formatting their poems in the template. Most want clear guidelines about how to apply the paragraph styles – as shown here – to various elements of their individual poems.

Here are the applicable styles for poetry in the template:

  • Author name (appears only on the first of your five allotted pages): Heading 1 
  • Title of poem: Heading 2
  • Subtitle, quote, or attribution (if this applies to your poems): Heading 3
  • Body of poem: Heading 4, left-justified; See further details on justification in the notes below.
  • Unlike writers who are submitting prose, the poets generally have no need for the Heading 5 style.

Other Formatting Notes for Poetry

  • Font: The default font for the template is Times New Roman, 12 point
  • Line spacing / Line count: The default is single-spaced, but how many lines you choose to place between the stanzas or individual lines is up to you.
    • Remember to include lines between stanzas when counting your line allotment per page (20-25).
    • It’s a good idea to leave a little intentional breathing room at the bottom of the page. A poem that’s closer to 20 lines will be less likely to spill over two pages in the final printed product. Also, bear this in mind when you’re choosing where a page break will fall in a longer poem.
  • Justification: As noted above, applying Heading 4 to the body of your poem will left-justify the text. You may, however, want your poem to appear differently on the page. You may centre-justify a poem or begin a poem left-justified and then play with indents for lines that follow.

Latitude and Limits

There is a fair degree of latitude regarding everything that happens below the title of your poem. Our print designer does his best to accommodate most requests within the constraints of the final printed page.

Longer lines may wrap down to a second line because of the space constraints of page width. This is an unfortunate reality of page size in the final printed publication. However, you can experiment with where you want to break the line and how many spaces you choose to put between lines to fine-tune the poem’s appearance on the page.

Here to Help

I hope these few pointers help when you transfer your poems to the template. On June 1st, you received an email from me (Janet Fretter, Managing Editor) with a link to your individual Google document template. Feel free to respond to that email with questions for clarification.
I look forward to reading your work!

Welcome to emerge 17

These are the production pages for emerge 17. This is where you will find all the information about creating emerge: The Writer’s Studio Anthology.

Important Dates:

Important Links

Wondering What to submit to emerge?

Visit the Submission Guidelines page. It contains useful information, like: