- Arc has two reading periods:
- submissions received from April 1 to July 31 will be read for the Winter issue
- submissions received from September 1 to December 31 will be read for the Summer issue
- Arc does not accept general submissions from January 1 to March 31 and from August 1 to August 31.
- Arc does not accept paper submissions. Submissions received by mail will not be read and will not receive a response.
- Arc only accepts submissions using the online submission manager as seen below.
Arc accepts unsolicited submissions of previously
unpublished poetry in English, or translations of poetry into English,
on any subject and in any form.
- Submissions must not exceed 3 poems or 360 lines.
- Submissions must be typed and single spaced (double spaces will be interpreted as blank lines).
- Submissions of visual poetry or concrete poetry should be submitted in PDF format.
- Submissions must include the poet’s name, email address, and mailing address on each page.
- Submissions must include the poet’s biography. Biographical statements should be two to three sentences or approximately 50 words.
- Multiple submissions must be submitted separately. On Submittable, each poem must be in a separate submission along with the poet’s biography. Submissions will be grouped together by submitter.
- Poets may only submit once each calendar year.
- Poets may submit poems that are simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Poems that have been accepted by another publication should be withdrawn from Arc immediately.
Arc pays for poetry at the rate of $50 per page. Payment is issued upon publication along with one free copy of the issue in which the work appears. With acceptance, 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.
Prose SubmissionsArc publishes essays, interviews, and articles on poetry and poetry-related subjects. Submit a pitch of 250 words, with an estimate of anticipated length to email@example.com. Tell us a bit about yourself and your writing experience in your email, including any relevant links to samples of your previous work. For further details on what to include in your pitch, read below.
Poetry and review queries submitted to the prose submission email will not be read. For review queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that Arc only publishes prose content by Canadian writers or prose on topics related to Canadian poetry.
Arc publishes essays of about 1500-2000 words. In your pitch, please include a 250-500 word description of the direction you envision for your essay. If you have already written your essay, please attach a 1-2 page sample in your email. Payment is $50 per printed page in Arc.
Arc is interested in publishing in-depth interviews with poets, around 1500-2000 words in length. In your pitch, please mention who you are interested in interviewing and the topics or themes you want to discuss. If you have already conducted the interview, please include a 1-2 page sample in your email. Payment is $50 per printed page in Arc, split between the interviewer and interviewee.
How Poems Work:
The “How Poems Work” feature is a 500-word column that is a “case-study” appreciation of a single poem by a Canadian poet, addressing such concerns as style, subject matter, influences, context, and the use of such elements as form, language, rhythm, and diction. The text of the poem under discussion will also be reprinted in each column.
Contributors are invited to pitch Arc with proposals of around 250 words for a “How Poems Work” feature columns. Contributors can pitch up to three different poems for consideration. Arc is responsible for securing permission to reprint accepted poems. Payment is $50 per column.
Arc does not publish fiction or drama.
Payment is issued upon publication along with one free copy of the issue in which the work appears. With acceptance, Arc secures First Canadian Serial Rights, meaning the work 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.