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

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

  • Participating poets can be any age, but must not have published a full-length book of poetry. All entrants must be willing to provide proof of their publication history 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). 
  • *EXTENDED* Early Bird Deadline: Enter by October 22nd and submit an extra poem at no additional charge!
  • Deadline for all contest entries: November 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm central time.  
  • Your submission may consist of 1-3 poems and is not to exceed 80 lines total. If you are submitting within the Early Bird Deadline and will be including a 4th poem, that poem can put you over the 80-line limit. However, the extra poem must not be longer than 28 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 2021 Foster Poetry Prize will be notified by email (or telephone) and results will be available on the CV2 website in early January 2022.
  • 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.