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Poem of the Year Contest

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Extended Deadline: February 15, 2015!

$5,000 could be yours!


In Spring 2015, Arc will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize to the Poem of the Year…and we’ll be accepting email submissions!


Dead­line: Feb­ru­ary 1, 2015 Feb­ru­ary 15, 2015

Con­test Guide­lines:

The entry fee is $32 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.

*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 include a cheque in Cana­dian funds, use the online pay­ment option or mail a money order in Cana­dian funds.
  • Entrants may sub­mit up to two unpub­lished poems with each $32 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, but instead on a sep­a­rate sheet that also lists the titles of the poems entered or in the body of the sub­mis­sion email.
  • Judg­ing is blind.
  • No entrants (includ­ing win­ners, hon­ourable men­tions, or authors of Editor’s Choice poems) may sub­sti­tute, before, dur­ing, or after judg­ing, a revi­sion of any poem already sub­mit­ted to the con­test.
  • No poems will be returned.

Dead­line: Entries must be post­marked or emailed no later than 11:59 pm, Feb­ru­ary 1, 2015 Feb­ru­ary 15, 2015.

Short­list: 25 short­listed poems, pend­ing per­mis­sion of their authors, will be eli­gi­ble for the Read­ers’ Choice Award. Visit us in March to read our Read­ers’ Choice selec­tions and cast your vote!

Pub­li­ca­tion: The win­ning poem, hon­ourable men­tions, Read­ers’ Choice win­ner and Editor’s Choice poems will be pub­lished in Arc’s Sum­mer 2015 issue

Pri­vacy Notice: Unless you indi­cate oth­er­wise, Arc may share addresses of entrants to the 2014 Poem of the Year Con­test with sim­i­lar lit­er­ary mag­a­zines or related orga­ni­za­tions for pro­mo­tional pur­poses.

Sub­mit Entries:

Please email entries to

or mail you entry to:

Poem of the Year Con­test
Arc Poetry Mag­a­zine
PO Box 81060
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1P 1B1

Poem of the Year Contest Entry Fees

Each entry of 1–2 poems enti­tles the entrant to a one-year sub­scrip­tion of Arc.

Poem of the Year Entry Fees
1 or 2 poems $32.00 CAD
3 poems $37.00 CAD
4 poems $42.00 CAD
5 poems $47.00 CAD
6 poems $52.00 CAD
7 poems $57.00 CAD
8 poems $62.00 CAD
9 poems $67.00 CAD
10 poems $72.00 CAD 

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