Arc Poetry Magazine’s Spoken Word Issue

Arc’s new special issue features work from spoken word artists and critical essays on the craft of spoken word.
Curated by Tanya Evanson—Montreal-based poet, performer, and director of the Spoken Word program at The…

Arc 77 – Canada’s Simple Alternatives Poetry Magazine

 Kevin Shaw’s “Turing’s Time Machine” takes 1st prize in the Poem Of The Year contest.
Amber Homeniuk earned the Readers’ Choice with her poem “by the time he hit the floor,” and Sneha Madhavan-Reese’s…

Arc 76: Canada’s Squirming Creature Poetry Magazine

In this issue of Arc Poetry Magazine, a year of Sylvia Legris’ mentorships as Arc’s Poet-In-Residence comes to an end.

With new work from Legris and four exceptional poets fostered by Legris’ mentorship, the Po…

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

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 [...]

Arc’s Lampman and Brebner Evening

Our event: Arc Poetry Magazine presents our Lampman and Brebner Evening, featuring readings by the finalists for this year’s Archibald Lampman Award and the winner of the 2015 Diana Brebner Prize. The event will be held on Monday, September 21 at Black Squirrel Books & Tea in Old Ottawa South (1073 Bank Street). Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:30. This is a free reading, though donations are always welcome.   Our readers: Archibald Lampman Award Finalists: Steven Artelle for Metropantheon (Signature Editions, 2014) Shane Book for Congotronic (House of Anansi Press, 2014) Deanna Young for House Dreams [...]

Arc Poetry Magazine announces Lampman Award finalists

  Archibald Lampman   Each year, Arc Poetry Magazine honours Ottawa poets. Arc is proud to present the three finalists for the $1500 2014 Archibald Lampman Award for an outstanding book of poetry by a National Capital author.   The award is named in honour of Archibald Lampman (1861 – 1899), one of Canada’s finest nineteenth-century poets. Lampman moved to Ottawa in 1882, and much of his mature poetry was inspired by the National Capital region.
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2015 Diana Brebner Prize: winner and runner-up announced

2015 Diana Brebner Prize Winner: Sneha Madhavan-Reese Congratulations to this year’s winner and runner-up! Sneha Madhavan-Reese The Diana Brebner Prize honours an emerging poet from the Ottawa region who has not yet been published in book form. This year’s winner of the $500 prize is Sneha Madhavan-Reese for “Rosa Parks” and the runner-up is Ken Victor for “The Celiac Reflects”. Congratulations on great poetry! Diana Brebner Prize Celebrates Emerging Poets The Diana Brebner Prize is awarded yearly for the best poem written by a National Capital Region poet, who has not yet been published in book [...]

Read the Poem of the Year in Arc 77!

Arc Poetry Magazine’s summer issue, 77, is out this week. Inside the covers you’ll find Kevin Shaw’s winning poem — the amazing “Turing’s Time Machine — along with your Readers’ Choice winner Amber Homeniuk’s “by the time he hit the floor”. Look for it coming to a mailbox near you!    
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Readers’ Choice 2015 VOTE CLOSED

We’d like to thank everyone who voted — and look for the winner in the next issue of Arc!     Here they are — the 24 poems that made our editors’ short list for 2015 Poem of The Year.   From this shortlist, we are asking you, the readers, to pick your favourite and vote on a poem to receive the Readers’ Choice Award. The poem with the most votes will appear in Arc Poetry Magazine alongside the $5000 grand prize winner of Arc’s Poem Of The Year contest. After you’ve read the short list, be sure [...]
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Diana Brebner Prize

Diana Brebner Prize Celebrates Emerging Poets The Diana Brebner Prize is awarded yearly for the best poem written by a National Capital Region poet, who has not yet been published in book form. The $500 prize honours the late Diana Brebner, an award-winning Ottawa-based poet who was devoted to fostering literary talent among new, local writers. 2015 Diana Brebner Prize Guidelines: Entry fee is $23.00 for up to two poems, and includes a one-year subscription to Arc, beginning with the Summer issue; Payments can be made through PayPal, or by cheque or money order made [...]
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Arc’s Poem-of-the-Year contest is now closed

Thank you to everyone for making it a record-breaking year. Watch for the short list soon.        
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Poem of the Year Contest

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

Ottawa Book Awards 2015 — Note to Authors

This just in from the City of Ottawa:    The City of Ottawa is now accepting submissions to the 2015 Ottawa Book Awards competition.  The deadline for submission is January 5, 2015 (for books published by Ottawa authors in 2014)  The 2015 Ottawa Book Awards Program Guidelines and Submission Form are available at: . We ask that you review the guidelines to ensure that your book is eligible for this year’s award.  Please note that all authors are required to submit a signed Submission Form to the Cultural Funding office. If your books are to [...]
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