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Could you be Arc’s next Poet-In-Residence?

Please Note: this project is pending funding and subject to change. Arc reserves the right to cancel or modify this program without further notice.

Call for Proposals

Arc Poetry Magazine’s Poet-in-Residence (PIR) from October 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

The Arc Poetry Society seeks proposals for the position of Poet-in-Residence. The 2018/2019 program year will represent Arc’s eighth virtual residency.



Position Description

The nine-month residency will consist of the following requirements and responsibilities of Arc’s Poet-in-Residence (PIR):

  • The PIR will not be required to relocate; however, up to one week of travel and readings are required to promote the launch of a related issue of Arc Poetry Magazine;
  • Regular access to e-mail and online communication platforms will be essential for the mentorship portion of this virtual residency;
  • The PIR will provide a minimum of ten hours of mentoring per month of the residency, working with a minimum of ten participants per month;
  • Tailored mentoring will include written assessments of approximately 250 words, a tailored recommended reading list, and phone and/or e-mail consultation with participants where necessary;
  • The PIR will undertake to clarify with each participant in the program that the opinions are those of the PIR and not those of the Arc Poetry Society or of Arc Poetry Magazine;
  • In order to prepare a thorough mentoring statement, the PIR may request a larger sampling of a participant’s work where necessary;
  • The PIR will be an “ambassador” for Arc for the term of their residency, and will include their status as such in their bios and profiles;
  • The PIR will create ten to fifteen printed pages of original work for publication in Arc Poetry Magazine; and,
  • The PIR will recommend, based on the PIR’s sole analysis, a selection of a participant’s work for possible publication in Arc Poetry Magazine.



The contract fee for the poet in residence will be $9,000, pending funding. Payment schedule is negotiable. Standard writer’s fee rates will apply for publications in Arc.


PIR Qualifications and Eligibility

Candidates should be Canadian citizens with a strong background in the practice of contemporary poetry. Candidates should also have at least one full-length collection published by an established Canadian publisher. Members of the Arc board of directors or their family members are not eligible to apply.



The application for the residency should include a statement of mentoring philosophy as well as a summary of a proposed writing project that the applicant plans to work on during the residency. Applications should be a combined maximum of 1,000 words. Please supply three references; do not supply reference letters until requested. Reviews of published work are encouraged but not required.



Applications must be received by deadline via email to: