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2015’s Poem of the Year Contest is Full of Surprises!


Extended Deadline: February 14th, 2016!

What’s New with the Poem of the Year Contest?

One Early Bird spe­cial: enter before Jan­u­ary 1st and sub­mit 3 poems for the price of 2!
One new prize: $500 for the Hon­ourable Men­tion!

Ten great chances for fame and glory: all short­listed poems will be pub­lished online and in Arc!



In Spring 2016, Arc will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize to the Poem of the Year…and we’ll be accepting both email and hard copy submissions!


Dead­line: Feb­ru­ary 1, 2016.  Early Bird Dead­line: Decem­ber 31st, 2015.


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.

*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).  Enter before Jan­u­ary 1st and sub­mit an extra poem at no charge: Early Bird entries may include up to 3 unpub­lished poems for the price of 2!
  • 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 short­listed 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, 2016.
Early Bird Dead­line:
Entries emailed or post­marked no later than 11:59 pm, Decem­ber 31, 2015 may con­sist of 3 poems for a sin­gle entry fee. For entries emailed or post­marked after this date, only the first two poems will be con­sid­ered.

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 March 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.

Pri­vacy Notice: Unless you indi­cate oth­er­wise, Arc may share addresses of entrants to the 2016 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 $35.00 CAD
3 poems $40.00 CAD
4 poems $45.00 CAD
5 poems $50.00 CAD
6 poems $55.00 CAD
7 poems $60.00 CAD
8 poems $65.00 CAD
9 poems $70.00 CAD
10 poems $75.00 CAD 

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