Disability Desirability

Deadline: May 15, 2023

We invite artists who live with disability/chronic illness/mental illness and other forms of existence that are impacted by ableism to send us poems, prose, essays, and reviews exploring what it means to be in the world, or your topic of choice. We hope that your art challenges the able-bodied gaze and doctrine by changing the narrative of the dominant body and extending the meaning of wholeness. These poems will be part of ARC’s Fall 2023 issue.

Guest Editor

Therese Estacion is part of the Visayan diaspora community. She is an elementary school teacher and is currently studying to be a psychotherapist. Therese is also a bilateral below knee and partial hands amputee. Her poems have been published in CV2 and PANK Magazine. Her first book, Phantompains, was published by Book*Hug, and is a finalist for the CLMP Firecracker Awards. She lives in Toronto/Tkaronto.


Submit your poems by May 15, 2023 to be considered.

  • Submissions must not exceed 3 poems.
  • If you have submitted to ARC’s general call for submission, you may still submit work this issue. Submitting poems for this issue does not count towards the three poems per calendar year limit.
  • If you are submitting 2 or 3 poems, you must submit these as separate files. All poems must be sent as individual submissions.

Please email pitches for essays, How Poems Work articles, interviews, or book reviews related to this themed issue. If you have an inquiry about this issue, please contact Coordinating Editor Manahil Bandukwala at coordinatingeditor@arcpoetry.ca. ARC cannot promise to respond to all inquiries regarding the status of submitted poems before the completion of our reading period.

Payment & Publication

Arc‘s rate for poetry is $50 per print 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.

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