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.


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Ends on November 1, 2017$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. 
  • Entry fee: $26 (first entry, includes 1-year subscription), $16 (subsequent entries)
  • Due to high international shipping costs, the subscription term for contest entrants residing in the US is 9 months (3 issues). For international residents the subscription term is 3 months (1 issue). 
  • Your entry may consist of 1-3 poems, and is not to exceed 80 lines.
  • Deadline for all contest entries: November 1, 2017 at midnight central time.  
  • Early Bird Deadline: Enter before October 1st and submit an extra poem at no charge! The length of the extra poem must not exceed 80 lines.
  • Do not identify yourself on your attachment. Enter your name and address information in the form provided in Submittable. 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. 
  • Winners of the 2017 Young Buck Poetry Prize will be notified by email (or telephone) and results will be available on the CV2 website in early January 2018.
  • Each piece must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or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.
  • Winning pieces will be published in CV2 magazine, with authors paid for publication.

NOTE: Submit here ONLY for submissions regarding ndncountry, a special joint issue of Prairie Fire and CV2Contemporary Verse 2 accepts general submissions from Sept. 1 through May 31. No general submissions will be accepted during the summer months of June, July and August. 


Full submission call:

Canadian Indigenous Writers:

Submit your work to ndncountry, a special joint issue of Prairie Fire and CV2

 Tawnshi. Boozhoo. Yowtz. ?E’dlanet’é. She:kon. Kwe. Minatakushini.  Hey friends and relatives from all across the Turtle’s back, this is Katherena Vermette and Warren Cariou here. We are two Métis writers from Winnipeg, and we’ve been asked to be a part of something special that is happening in the coming months. We hope you’ll want to be a part of it too.  

Our Indigenous peoples have been telling stories forever on this land, and today we continue to assert our place here in new and powerful ways. In celebration of those stories, Prairie Fire and CV2 magazines have joined up with the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival to create a joint, double issue in 2018 showcasing new work by Indigenous writers in Canada. They have asked us to edit this special issue and we are honored to accept the task. We believe in these three organizations and we want to help them gather Indigenous stories together in a good way.  Our working title for this special issue is ndncountry, in honour of the land that inspires and nourishes so many of our stories.

But for all of this to succeed we need your help, and the help of many more First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers. We ask you to send us your stories, your poems, your memoirs, your literary experiments, and any other writing that fits the parameters listed below.  We want to represent Indigenous voices from across the country, including from the far north, from our francophone regions, from the rez and from the city.  We also want to show the diversity of our communities, and we seek writers of different ages, genders, abilities and orientations. Writing that is connected to oral traditions is welcome, and non-standard formats are fine.  The use of Indigenous language(s) in your work and translations are also welcome.

Deadline for submission is December 15, 2017, and chosen work will be published in the ndncountry special issue in Fall 2018 and paid for upon publication. 

With your submission, please include a brief statement of your Indigenous heritage.  A requirement of our funders is that writers should be residents of the territory claimed by Canada.

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