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AN anthology for dementia caregivers

Submissions are now closed.  Thank you to all who participated by sending us your work. We will be getting back to you within October 2020 with our final decisions. 

The Chrysalis Project seeks poems for an anthology about caregiving for any form of dementia.  Caregiving can be paid or unpaid, full time or part time, hands-on or long distance, physical or emotional support. As the population continues to age, more and more of us will find ourselves caregiving or receiving care. Tell the world, what they don’t know--yet.  Caregiving is a transformative experience and we look for work that reflects the full range, whether loving, trying-to-be-loving-but-not-succeeding, joyful, grief-stricken, guilt-ridden, expert, incompetent, tragic, comic, exhausting, irritating, frustrating, enlightening, depleting, elevating, rewarding. As this anthology is about caregiving, it should be present in the poem, either explicitly or implicitly. Please review the following guidelines and information completely before submitting:


  • Submit up to three poems/no more than 5 pages, typewritten in 12 point, easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman or Courier.  Please include your name, address, email, and phone number on the top of each page. 

  • Simultaneous submission accepted as long as you inform us if they are accepted     elsewhere.  

  • Previously published poems welcome, but author must hold rights and/or be responsible for reprint permissions and/or fees. A citation to the original publication must be provided.

  • All styles of poetry considered—feel free to be unconventional or invent something new. You may include a bio with your submission, but the anthology will only include a statement on the creation of your poem (which we will ask you to provide upon acceptance of your work).

  • All poets published in the anthology will receive one free copy of the anthology. 

  • Please send poems in attachments of .doc or docx. 

  • Submissions and questions should be sent to chrysalispoem@gmail.com

  •  New Deadline to submit is September 30, 2020 (formerly July 30, 2020).

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