Taproot V Seeks Writers, Poets, Visual Artists, Photographers, and Patrons

Taproot V Seeks Writers, Poets, Visual Artists, Photographers, and Patrons


Townshippers’ Association’s head office has received many calls during the past few years from writers and artists, wondering when a call for submissions would go out for the next edition of Taproot: Poetry, Prose and Images from the Eastern Townships. Wonder no more for the time is now!

The original Taproot was published in 1999 to mark the occasion of TA’s 20th anniversary. Since that time three editions have been published, and all have received terrific reviews and enjoyed brisk sales. Our last anthology, Taproot IV, was launched during TA’s 30th anniversary year, and now we are putting out the call for new work to be considered for a fifth volume that will be launched as part of TA’s 35th anniversary celebrations in 2014.

An objective of the Association is to support and showcase this community and its heritage and culture. In this context, Taproot V is an important initiative of TA’s Community & Culture Committee. These anthologies provide exposure for our creative workers, as well as a current book credit. An acceptance letter can also offer validation and give emerging writers and artists the confidence to send their work out into the greater world. Several people, whose early work has appeared in Taproot, have since had their work published in national and international magazines/journals/zines. Some have acquired book deals and garnered awards. Most recently, Ann Scowcroft’s collection of poetry, The Truth of Houses published by Brick Books, won a 2011 QWF Literary Award. This year, Michelle Barker launched her young adult novel The Beggar King, which was published by Thistledown Press.


Submission Guidelines:

Taproot offers an excellent publishing opportunity for writers, poets, photographers, and visual artists who live (full or part-time) in the Eastern Townships. The submission deadline is January 31, 2014, and we hope to hear from both established and emerging talents.

You may submit original, unpublished material any time within the submission period. We are looking for: fast fiction, anecdotes, monologues (500 words or less); creative non-fiction (2500 words or less); short stories (5000 words or less); poetry (maximum 3 poems, totalling 150 lines or less); photographs, drawings, paintings, caricatures, or cartoons.

It important to note that your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or artwork. Please enclose a separate cover sheet with your name, address, telephone number, and title(s) of your piece(s). This assures that the panel of three judges can review the submissions and select work for publication according to merit, without any prejudice due to preconceived notions about an author/artist.

Photographs and art works selected to appear in the book will be printed in black and white. If originals are in colour, please consider contrast and suitability before submitting work for consideration. One work will be selected to appear on a 4-colour cover.

It is important to consult submission guidelines (or download the PDF) in their entirety before submitting material for consideration.



Seeking Patrons of the Arts

The Arts enrich our community, but securing funding for arts-based projects is never easy. Taproot V is currently seeking patrons, who would be willing to make a financial contribution towards this worthy initiative. Can you help us provide a forum for local stories, a showcase for deserving local talent? Individuals, organizations, or businesses that contribute financially to this project will be invited to the launch and receive credit both in the book and the launch program. Companies and organizations that partner in this initiative through a sizeable donation can also receive public recognition through having their name/logo appear on posters, on a display board at the book’s launch, in publicity, and on the Association’s website. Plus, the Taproot initiative has a partnership agreement with Townshippers’ Research & Cultural Foundation, so contributions can also be acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes.


Taproot V submission guidelines can be found online at www.townshippers.qc.ca. For further information about submission guidelines or to request a Patron’s Form and Background Information Sheet, please contact Cathy Turner, Townshippers’ Association, 819-566-5717 (1-866-566-5717) or [email protected].