POEMS, REVIEWS, ESSAYS:

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 essays, 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. 

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.

Join us as we celebrate Arc Poetry Magazine’s 100th issue!

We’re interested in moving forward while glancing back. In this special call, we’re looking for poems that respond to work published in previous issues of Arc.

Some examples of responses include (but are not limited to): “after” poems, glosas, centos, golden shovels, and ekphrasis of visual art featured in Arc.

In your submission, please mention how your poem responds to work previously published in Arc, including the name, poet, and issue number of the piece.

Submit your poems by November 25th to be considered for Arc's 100th issue. These response poems will be one part of our celebration of 100 issues of Arc!

General submission guidelines include the following:

  • Submissions must not exceed three poems.
  • Only three poems per poet will be accepted during each calendar year.
  • 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 if you are submitting work related to this specific theme. Poems that do not respond to this theme can be submitted to our regular submission calls, found on our website. 
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• Arc accepts unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished poems, on any subject, in any form. Submissions received before December 31, will be considered for the Summer 2023 issue.

• Submissions must not exceed three poems.  

• Only three poems per poet will be accepted during each calendar year.

• 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.

• As a Canadian literary magazine, and due to the increasing number of submissions from US-based poets, we are requesting that US submitters pay a $2 entry fee per poem.

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