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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

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  • Entrants may submit up to two unpublished poems with each $32 fee (extra poems: $5 per poem).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