One of the most widely read literary magazines in the country, Arc has a following composed of writers, poetry aficionados, academics and a general cultural readership. 

Arc Poetry Magazine is published three times a year in a sophisticated, perfect-bound 8-in. x 7-in. format. Issues range from 140 to 160 pages and are printed on glossy, recycled paper, with four-colour front and back covers, a full-colour inside visual-art portfolio and the capability for reproduction of full-colour advertising.

Arc is distributed across Canada, with a strong presence in Chapters, a selection of university bookshops, and successful bookstores and magazine stands such as Book City in Toronto, Mags & Fags and Britton’s in Ottawa, McNally Robinson in Calgary and Winnipeg, The Daily Grind Newsstand in Halifax, Munro’s in Victoria and Drawn & Quarterly and Argo’s in Montreal. Libraries form 10% of the subscription base, with libraries from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Arc continues to honour excellence in poetry and criticism through its sponsorship of the annual Archibald Lampman Award for the best book of poetry by an Ottawa writer, the Diana Brebner Prize for emerging writer and the Poem of the Year Contest, as well as through the Confederation Poets Prize and the Critic’s Desk Award.

Invoicing will occur when the ad is posted (for web ads) or following the issue’s publication (for print ads).

Ad Exchanges

Arc welcomes offers to exchange ad space with other literary magazines. Send requests via email.

Print + Web Promotion

When print and web ad are confirmed together, double the time offered for the same price: for example, receive 6 months of web advertising for the price of 3 months.


Print Advertising

Black & WhiteFull ColourDimensions
Full page (no bleed)$250*n/a4.85” x 6.24”
Half page horizontal$150*n/a4.85” x 3”
Half page vertical$150*n/a2.3” x 6.24”
Inside back cover (no bleed)$300*$4004.85” x 6.24”
*10% discount available when placing ads in multiple issues

Online Advertising

Per MonthDimensions
Online banner$50500 x 500 pixels
Newsletter ad$40275 x 275 pixels


Spring*November 15December 1
Fall*August 15September 1
Summer*April 15May 1
*Summer issue is printed around July. Fall issue is printed around October. Spring issue is printed around April.

Preferred Formats

Press-quality PDF
Grayscale or CMYK


Advertisers assume full responsibility for all advertising content and any claim made against the publisher due to that content.

Right of Refusal

Arc Poetry Magazine reserves the right to reject any advertising.

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