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The Polymorphous per Verse Call for Submissions

Arc 94 is an issue dedicated to writing by trans, Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people.


Disarticulating per from verse, how do you:
make poetry by way of shape shifting and multiplicities of embodiment
take your shapes by the book, or a letter, or this song, your dance
write to make a change in one’s kind, to be more than kind
form, edit, devise an itinerary of transition, a register of stations and distances
disclose world and word otherwise



Guest Editors Trish Salah and Ali Blythe

Trish Salah




Born in Halifax, Trish Salah is the author of the Lambda award winning poetry collection, Wanting in Arabic, and of Lyric Sexology Vol. 1. She was shortlisted for the Dayne Ogilvie prize for LGBTQ writers in 2018. She is currently an associate professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, and editor at the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry. (photo credit: Kaspar Saxena)






Ali Blythe



Ali Blythe is the author of two critically acclaimed books exploring trans-poetics: the debut collection, Twoism, and the follow-up, Hymnswitch, which was named a Walrus top ten book of the year in 2019. His poems are published in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, England, Germany and Slovenia. He lives in Victoria, BC.






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 accepted until October 15th, 2020.

· 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 However, poems that have been accepted by another publication should be withdrawn from Arc immediately, using Submittable.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.