Arc accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of pre­vi­ously unpub­lished poetry in English, or translations of poetry into English, on any sub­ject and in any form. For spoken word pieces, poetry uploaded to a submitter's personal channel is eligible for submission. 

Submissions received from September 1st 2022 to December 31st 2022 will be read for the Summer 2023 issue. 

Please note: This submission platform does not accept poems in batches. Each poem must be submitted separately with the poet's biography. Please DO NOT submit several poems grouped in a single document. To save retyping the same bio and cover notes for each poem, we recommend you create them in an offline text document, and paste them in when called for by the uploader. Your individually submitted poems will be treated as a grouped manuscript once they have been submitted.  

Submissions must not exceed 3 poems, and will be accepted only once per poet per calendar year. Poetry must be typed and single spaced (double spaces will be interpreted as blank lines). Include your name and address on each page of your submission.

Arc publishes reviews, interviews, and articles on poetry and poetry-related subjects. Please query first as Arc seldom considers unsolicited prose manuscripts; submit pitches or ideas, including a brief description and an estimate of anticipated length, along with samples of previously published work.  

Arc does not publish fiction or drama. 

Arc publishes a limited amount of artwork in black and white and in colour by a single artist or photographer in each issue, including on the front and back covers, and on up to eight inside pages. Please see www.arcpoetry.ca for artwork submission guidelines. 

Arc tries respond to unsolicited submissions of poetry, artwork, and article queries within four to six months. Arc can’t promise to respond to inquiries regarding the status of submissions before the completion of this editorial cycle. 

Arc’s Writers’ Fees are as follows: 

$50 per page for poetry or prose published in the magazine. 

$50 per webpage for online reprints on the website. 

$50 per column for How Poems Work (see guidelines for How Poems Work). 

Arc Poetry Magazine invites artists who live with disability/chronic illness/mental illness and other forms of existence that are impacted by ableism to send us poems, prose, essays, and reviews exploring what it means to be in the world, or your topic of choice. We hope that your art challenges the able-bodied gaze and doctrine by changing the narrative of the dominant body and extending the meaning of wholeness.

These poems will be part of Arc's Fall 2023, guest-edited by Therese Estacion. 

Submission Guidelines

Submit your poems by May 15, 2023, to be considered for "Crip Lives: Restoring Subjectivity." 

General submission guidelines include the following:

  • Submissions must not exceed three poems.
  • If you have submitted to Arc's general call for submissions, you may still submit work for this issue. Submitting poems for this issue does not count towards the three poems per calendar year limit.
  • Our submission manager only accepts one file at a time. In order to submit the files separately you must go through the submission process for each piece you wish to submit. This allows you to provide each submission with the title of your poem and it allows us to group the submissions more easily and update the submitter about the status of each individual poem.
  • Please only use this form to submit poems. For How Poems Work articles, interviews, or book reviews, please email Manahil Bandukwala at coordinatingeditor@arcpoetry.ca with a 100-200 word pitch and a brief note about your writing history. We have reached our capacity for essays and are no longer accepting pitches at this time.

For this issue, we are only interested in poems by artists who live with disability/chronic illness/mental illness. Poets who do not meet this criteria can submit to our regular call for submissions, found on our website. 

About our Guest Editor:

Therese Estacion is part of the Visayan diaspora community. She is an elementary school teacher and is currently studying to be a psychotherapist. Therese is also a bilateral below knee and partial hands amputee. Her poems have been published in CV2 and PANK Magazine. Her first book, Phantompains, was published by Book*Hug, and is a finalist for the CLMP Firecracker Awards. She lives in Toronto/Tkaronto.

In 2023, Arc will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize to the Poem of the Year and a $500 prize for an Honourable Mention. 

Shortlist: A shortlist of 10 to 12 poems, selected by Arc’s editorial board, will be eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award. The winner receives $250. Visit us in April to read our shortlist selections and cast your vote! Shortlisted poets will be contacted prior to the shortlist going live.

Publication: Shortlisted entries for the Poem of the Year will be published online and in a print issue of Arc, and will receive page-rate payment for online and print publication. Arc secures First Canadian Serial Rights, meaning the poems should not appear in any print or digital publication before the release of the issue in which the work appears. All rights will revert to the author upon publication.

Contest Guidelines:

The entry fee is $35 CDN, and includes a one-year Canadian subscription of Arc*.

Contest entry fees may be paid online or by cheque or money order mailed with your hard copy contest submissions.

If the submission fee is prohibitive to your entry in this contest, we are offering a select number of free entries. These free entries are meant to open the contest up to those who need financial assistance, but we will not be giving free entries a one-year subscription to the magazine. For more information please send queries to poty@arcpoetry.ca.

*or two issues to US entrants, or one issue to overseas entrants. Entrants who are currently subscribers may pass along their contest subscription or complimentary issues to a friend. Please include the name and address to which the contest subscription is destined.


  • Arc welcomes Poem of the Year entries from Canada, the United States, and around the world. Entrants outside Canada must submit entry fees in Canadian funds. Please use the online payment option or mail a cheque or money order in Canadian funds.
  • Entrants may submit up to two unpublished poems with each $35 fee (extra poems: $5 per poem).
  • The length of each poem must not exceed 100 lines.
  • Entrant’s name, address, e-mail and phone number must not appear on the poems.
  • Entrants’ information is concealed during deliberations.
  • No entrants (including winners, honourable mentions, or authors of shortlisted poems) may substitute, before, during, or after judging, a revision of any poem already submitted to the contest.
  • No poems will be returned.

Shortlist: A shortlist of 10 to 12 poems, selected by Arc’s editorial board, will be eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award. Visit us in April to read our shortlist selections and cast your vote!

Publication: All shortlisted poems will receive paid publication in an upcoming issue of Arc and on the Arc website.

Eligibility: Poems published elsewhere (including excerpts and revised versions) are not eligible for consideration. Should the Arc editorial board discover grounds for disqualification at any point during the judging process (including shortlisting and final judging), the poem will immediately be considered ineligible for the contest. The entry fee will not be refunded, and the poet will receive the subscription to Arc.

Privacy Notice: Unless you indicate otherwise, Arc may share addresses of entrants to the 2023 Poem of the Year Contest with similar literary magazines or related organizations for promotional purposes.

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