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 10/1/2016$ 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  • Each piece must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or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: Submit here ONLY for submissions regarding the Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous poetics theme. Contemporary 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. 


Northern Ontarian innovative and Indigenous poetry is powerful and multifaceted, yet (until now) has never been the focus of sustained attention as a local-global node. From Anishinabe and Cree oral traditions and Métis multilingual poetics—thriving in contemporary Northern Ontario right now (see Lesley Belleau’s work and that of the Sault Indigenous Writers’ Collective, just to begin) to the Franco Ontarian bilingual feminist innovative poetics of Lola Lemire Tostivin, the iridescent brilliance of Margaret Christakos, the surrealist music of Mark Dunn, the mad ecopoetics of a.rwalings, and a whole new generation of fearless innovative and indigenous, queer and two-spirited, diasporic and endlessly-returning, and ex-pat poets including Liz Howard, Sarah Pinder, and Mat Laporte,  as well as stay-in-North poets, the region has produced some of the most exciting workers in poetics on the contemporary scene.

In the spirit of exploring in-depth the work of Northern Ontarian poets among us, as well as pushing onwards with, and vigorously encouraging Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous Poetics, CV2 invites submissions including but not limited to:

  • Innovative and/or Indigenous poetry by emerging and established poets living in Northern Ontario, or poets who sped a considerable amount of time in the region, including undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any of our four universities, and/or poets who were born and/or raised in Northern Ontario. This category includes multilingual poetry, performance poetry, spoken word, and poet’s theatre.
  • Indigenous poetry and poetics (essays or articles) written in English or in any relevant Indigenous language (such as Anishinaabemowin or Michif or Cree). Please note that for poetic work written primarily in an Indigenous  language, the poet may be asked to provide an artist’s statement and/or a glossary.
  • Translations of work from Indigenous Oral Traditions or contemporary poets working in Indigenous languages and traditions by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit translators.
  • Translations of work by Northern Ontario poets writing in any non-official language, including but not limited to: Cantonese, Finnish, German, Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Ukrainian, Yiddish.
  • Innovative essays on any topic by Northern Ontarian poets.
  • Essays and articles by anyone about the work of groups, collectives, or individual Northern Ontarian poets.
  • Multilingual poetry that engages with any of the many language communities that have existed or are present in Northern Ontario, and that thematizes any aspect of Northern Ontario.
  • Poetic deconstructions by anyone of settler literature written in or about Northern Ontario.
  • Translations of Francophone Ontarian poetry or poetics.

Guest editors for this issue are Shannon Maguire and Lesley Belleau.

Poetry: Please send a maximum of six pages.

Essays: 2-4 pages, double-spaced.

Articles: 3-4 Pages, double-spaced.

Interviews: Please enquire first. Contact Clarise Foster, editor.

Submission deadline: Sept 1, 2016.

Full submission guidelines