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the Gender Trash Call for Submissions

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Arc 93: Gender Trash is an issue to honour the legacy of Xanthra Phillippa and Mirha-Soleil Ross, two trans women artists and writers. Together, they created Gender Trash from Hell, one of Canada’s first publications focused exclusively on trans feminine experiences, activism, and poetry.

Arc’s Gender Trash issue is seeking submissions from trans women and trans feminine poets in Canada, as well as other “gender outlaws.” Reflecting on Phillippa’s untitled poem that opened the first published issue of Gender Trash from Hell, this issue of Arc Poetry Magazine will be focused on “making a space of our own” and guest edited by Gwen Benaway.


Guest Editor Gwen Benaway

This issue will be guest edited by Gwen Benaway, a trans poet of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published four collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, Passage, Holy Wild, and day/break. She was the editor of a fantasy short story anthology called Maiden Mother and Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes.

Her writing has been critically acclaimed and widely published in Canada. Gwen Benaway was a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ writers from the Writer’s Trust of Canada and her third poetry collection, Holy Wild, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans Poetry, the Trillium Award, the Triangle Publishing Press Trans and Gender Variant Literary Award, was longlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, and was the winner of the 2019 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Her essay, A Body Like A Home, won the Gold Prize from the National Magazine Awards for Personal Journalism.

She is currently editing a book of creative non-fiction, trans girl in love, forthcoming from Strange Light in 2020. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and is a Ph.D student in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.



For this issue, Arc will be accepting unso­licited sub­mis­sions on any sub­ject and in any form, of pre­vi­ously unpub­lished poetry in English or translations of poetry into English. Submissions will be open for the month of June (June 1st to June 30th).

· Submissions must not exceed 3 poems or 360 lines. On Submittable, each poem must be in a sep­a­rate submission, along with the poet’s biog­ra­phy.
· Submissions must be typed and sin­gle spaced (dou­ble spaces will be inter­preted as intentionally blank lines).
· Submissions of visual poetry or concrete poetry should be in PDF format.
· Submissions must include the poet’s biog­ra­phy. Biographies should be two to three sentences or approximately 50 words.
· Submissions must include the poet’s name (as it would appear in the publication if accepted), email address, and mailing address on each page.
· Poets may submit poems that are simultaneously submitted elsewhere. However, poems that have been accepted by another publication should be withdrawn from Arc immediately, using Submittable.


Arc‘s rate for poetry of $50 per page. Payment is issued upon pub­li­ca­tion along with one free copy of the issue in which the work appears. With acceptance, Arc secures First Cana­dian Serial Rights, meaning the poems should not appear in any print or digital publication before the release of the issue in which the work appears. All rights will revert to the author upon publication.

Arc cannot promise to respond to inquiries regard­ing the sta­tus of sub­mis­sions before the com­ple­tion of a reading period.


Beyond Poetry

For this call, Arc Poetry Magazine is seeking essays and articles on poetry and poetry-related subjects; Arc is also seeking reviews, and will be prioritizing reviews from trans poets on collections of poetry by trans poets. Please note that Arc only publishes prose content by Canadian writers or prose on topics related to Canadian poetry.

All pitches should be sent to


For essays and articles, submit a pitch of 250 words with an estimate of anticipated length. Tell us a bit about yourself and your writing experience in your email, including any relevant links to samples of your previous work.

For review pitches, please send the title and publisher of the collection you would like to review. Tell us a bit about yourself or include your biog­ra­phy in your email. Include any relevant links to samples of your previous work.