Anthology Call for Submissions

I have been working with Vancouver poet laureate Rachel Rose as one of her poetry ambassadors for the last two years. Her legacy project is an anthology on the theme of food. Would you like to submit? We’d love to read your ideas!

Sustenance: 150 Writers from B.C. and Beyond on the Subject of Food.

Writers are invited to submit short essays or poems on the subject of food. We welcome collaborative pieces. We also welcome individual submissions on subjects as diverse as exile, hunger, food scarcity, bulimia, fat shaming, urban beekeeping, rural hunting, community gardening, foraging, feeding a baby, waitressing, dumpster diving, butchering, eating vegan, or reflections on family feast days.

Forthcoming with Anvil Press in September, 2017, Sustenance will bring to the table some of Canada’s best contemporary writers, celebrating all that is unique about Vancouver’s literary and culinary scene, as well as British Columbia’s food producers. Punctuated by beautiful local food photographs and recipes from some of our top chefs, each of these short pieces will shock, comfort, praise, entice, or invite reconciliation, all while illuminating our living history through the lens of food.

Sustenance is also a community response to the needs of new arrivals or low-income families in our city. Profits from this book will provide both a symbolic and practical welcome to the hundreds of refugees who will be arriving in B.C. over the coming months. As it is a fundraiser, all writers will be donating their honoraria to the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program. Every $15.00 in sales profit will provide a refugee or low-income family with fresh, locally grown produce for a week, and at the same time will support B.C. farmers, fishers, beekeepers and gardeners.

Not only will this anthology celebrate our writers, it will also showcase Vancouver’s local food heritage, while simultaneously affirming our reputation as a city that welcomes new citizens to the table and supports those who are struggling. As a city, as a nation, let us stop to consider who sustains us, where our food comes from, and what the cost of that sustenance actually is.


Deadline: April 15th, 2017

Sustenance will be published by Anvil Press September 1, 2017.

Please submit to

One piece of writing per person.

No multiple submissions.

Your name and contact info must be on each page.

12 point Times New Roman

Prose should be double-spaced.

Handwritten submissions (handwriting must be legible and neat) may be dropped off at Vancouver Public Library’s Carnegie Community Centre Branch at Hastings and Main.

Original work preferred. Previously published work considered, but author must secure permission for republication.

1-2 pages maximum (550 words)

Please include a short bio (no more than 50 words) with submission.

Please Note: Your submission is confirmation that you agree to have your work considered for publication in SustenanceAll works will be read with care and appreciation. However, only those whose work has been selected for publication will be contacted by May 15, 2017.

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