Contemporary Verse 2 accepts only online submissions. Please submit using the link below. You will be prompted to create an account or log in to your existing account in order to create a submission.

Contemporary Verse 2 accepts submissions from Sept. 1 through May 31.


Contemporary Verse 2 no longer accepts email submissions.

Contemporary Verse 2 no longer accepts mail submissions.


If you have trouble using the new submission process, please contact

Ends in 1 day, 13 hours $ 26.00 - 58.00
$ 26.00 - 58.00
  • Participating writers must be under the age of 35 at the time of the contest deadline. All entrants must be willing to provide proof of age if requested.
  • Open to Canadian and International poets, however the subscription term for international entrants is reduced to 6 months to reflect international shipping costs.
  • Entry fee: $26 (first entry, includes subscription), $16 (subsequent entries)
  • Each poem is not to exceed 48 lines.
  • Deadline for all contest entries: October 1, 2016 at midnight central time.
  • Do not identify yourself on your attachment. Enter your name and address information in the form provided. In the space reserved for a cover letter please enter the title(s) of your piece(s) and line count. On occasion, CV2 magazine makes subscriber names and addresses available to external organizations. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please state this clearly in the space reserved for a cover letter.
  • Your entry must be formatted on 8 1/2″ x 11″ using single spacing and a 12 point font.
  • Entries must be sent in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format using Submittable. If you encounter difficulties with Submittable please email contests [AT] contemporaryverse2 {dot} ca
  • Each piece must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition for which it is also eligible to win a prize.

NOTE: Contemporary Verse 2 accepts submissions from Sept. 1 through May 31. No submissions will be accepted during the summer months of June, July and August. 

Submissions of poetry, reviews and critical writing are accepted.

If you wish to submit for a specific themed issue, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Full submission guidelines