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Operative Words

Behind the campaign curtain

Snuffed Torch

Can the Olympic myth survive?

Lax Americana

What happens if Donald Trump returns to the White House?


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The Literary Review of Canada wants to hear from prospective writers, photographers, and illustrators. Email us with specific review proposals, essay pitches, or general queries.

While we happily consider unsolicited review topics and essay ideas on a rolling basis, we rarely accept already completed work.

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The Literary Review of Canada welcomes unpublished work by emerging and established Canadian poets. Email your work as a .doc/docx file (and paste it into the body of your message). Individual poems should not exceed fifty lines, including title and blank lines, and submissions should include your full contact information.

There will be two distinct reading periods for 2025 issues. Submissions will only be considered during the times below.

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Please send no more than five poems for consideration in the following sets of issues:

  • The January|February to May issues: submit between October 10, 2024, and November 10, 2024
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