Submissions

Contribute to a journal of ideas.

Reviews, Essays, and Illustrations

The Literary Review of Canada wants to hear from prospective writers 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.

Poetry

The Literary Review of Canada publishes unpublished work by emerging and established Canadian poets.

Please 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.

Poetry Deadlines

Reading Period for 2021: From November 15, 2020, to April 15, 2021. Submissions will only be considered during this period.

Indicate in your subject line whether you are submitting for an open issue or themed issue.

Open Issues (any topic, any form)

  • May 2021 – submit by March 15
  • July/August 2021 – submit by April 15
  • October 2021 – submit by April 15
  • November 2021 – submit by April 15

Themed Issues (specify theme in your subject line)

  • January/February 2021 – reflections on the pandemic – submit by November 18, 2020
  • March 2021 – new collections due out spring 2021 – submit by January 15, and include publisher name
  • April 2021 – by invitation only, in celebration of Poetry Month
  • June 2021 – Canadian finalists for the Griffin Poetry Prize
  • September 2021 – new collections due out fall 2021 – submit by April 15, and include publisher name
  • December 2021 – by invitation only