2020: Call for small 2020: Call for small poems

AngelHousePress invites submissions for 2020, ode to the small. To celebrate Nelson Ball, a great Canadian poet, minimalist, editor, publisher and bookseller, who died in 2019, I invite you to submit small poems, including free verse, homolinguistic translations, irreverent haiku and other form poems, even odes! visual poems, asemic writing, asemic comics, alt books, collage, erasure, hybrids and any other style you can think of. Be creative. Remember that the goal of is to transcend boundaries and borders. You can interpret small in any imaginative way you choose. There is no limit to the small.



DEADLINE:                                      February 29, 2020

FORMAT:                                          visual poems and any poem with challenging spacing:  jpg or png (1200 pixels on the longest

side); poems:  .doc, docx, .dot, rtf

# OF POEMS TO SUBMIT:             as many as you like

PUBLICATION STATUS:              new or previously published

BIOGRAPHY:                                   1ST or 3rd person

CONTRIBUTOR PHOTO:              optional

WHO CAN SUBMIT:                      Earthlings everywhere




The work will be published online at in April 2020 with links shared daily to our FB page and to my personal Twitter page: @KikiFolle. The entire month will feature small poems. The work will be online until February 28, 2021.


Visit to see site’s parameters and aesthetic considerations. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me. I will send acknowledgements to everyone who submits shortly after I receive the work and will send out acceptances and rejections in March.


AngelHousePress published one of Nelson Ball’s poems “I Employ ‘Whatever’ in A Poem” as part of 2016. If you’d like to read Nelson Ball’s poetry, I highly recommend Certain Details: The Poetry of Nelson Ball, his second selected collection, published by WLU Press in 2017 and edited by Stuart Ross. There’s also a Nelson Ball Fan Club on FB:, and there is now a Nelson Ball Prize:


AngelHousePress began in 2009 as an alternative to institutionalized celebrations of poetry with the goal of expanding preconceived notions of what poetry is or means. My favourite response to the poetry on is "this isn't poetry!"


We publish one work each day in April for a total of 30 poems/pieces. I use the opportunity to discover potential contributors to and to our essay series.


We will give preference to submissions by D/deaf and disabled writers, 2SLGBTQ+, women and BIPOC writers. You are welcome to include this information in your biography, if you care to.


AngelHousePress, established in 2007, is a feminist press. We publish and promote raw talent, ragged edges and rebels through, an annual celebration of poetry in April,, an annual online PDF magazine that comes out in the autumn, an online essay series and a podcast, the Small Machine Talks. Please visit for more information, and to sign up to our mailing list to stay informed about calls for submission and activities.


From 2007 to 2019, we published limited edition chapbooks, some of which are still available on (poetry and hybrids); and (prose and hybrids.)


In “A Letter to Amanda Bernstein and A Checklist of Weed / Flower Press” (Apt. 9 Press, 2019), Ball writes about his reasons for starting Weed/Flower, “I avoided mainstream poetry that struck me as too well-written, too flawless, too polished. I now recognize that I felt that some of this poetry had had the heart removed from it by its poetic-ness and artiface.” I agree with this and it is at the heart of my own motivation for starting AngelHousePress.


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Happy New Year and thank you to all who contributed and submitted work, purchased and reviewed chapbooks, and shared our shenanigans in 2019.


yr fallen angel,

Amanda Earl


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