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Call for Submissions: Arc’s “Islands of Influence” Issue

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We are pleased to announce that the Fall 2021 issue of Arc Poetry Magazine, “Islands of Influence,” will be guest edited by poet and spoken word artist Brandon Wint.

The issue welcomes poems, essays, interviews, craft essays and visual art that celebrate, explore and elucidate the ways that Caribbean life and Canadian life have intersected to create unique literary and artistic possibilities. Islands of Influence seeks work from self-identifying Caribbean and Caribbean-Canadian writers who are keen to express the ways that Caribbean life, culture, politics, spirituality and artistic tradition augment, enrich and complicate the notion of literary possibility within a Canadian context, and throughout the English-language literary world.



Guest Editor: Brandon Wint

Brandon Wint's head and shoulders, smiling and looking left, in blueBrandon Wint is an Ontario born poet and spoken word artist who uses poetry to attend to the joy and devastation and inequity associated with this era of human and ecological history. Increasingly, his work on the page and in performance casts a tender but robust attention toward the movements and impacts of colonial, capitalist logic, and how they might be undone. In this way, Brandon Wint is devoted to a poetics of world making, world altering and world breaking.

For Brandon, the written and spoken word is a tool for examining and enacting his sense of justice, and imagining less violence futures for himself and the world he has inherited. For more than a decade, Brandon has been a sought-after, touring performer, and has presented his work in the United States, Australia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Jamaica. His poems and essays have been published in national anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House, 2013) and Black Writers Matter (University of Regina Press, 2019). Divine Animal is his debut book of poetry.


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 April 15, 2021.

· 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 (Prose)

For this call, Arc Poetry Magazine is seeking essays and articles on poetry and poetry-related subjects; Arc is also seeking reviews. 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.