Contribute to the Literary Review of Canada

Reviews, Essays, and Illustrations

The LRC is a journal of ideas and wants to hear from prospective writers and illustrators. Email us with specific pitches or general queries.

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


The LRC publishes unpublished work by emerging and established Canadian poets.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.

Note: As of May 1, 2019, our reading period for poetry is over. Reading will re-open on December 1, 2019.

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

Open Issues (any topic, any form)

Jan-Feb 2019 – submit by December 15, 2018
May 2019 – submit by April 1, 2019
July-August 2019 – submit by April 15, 2019
October 2019 – submit by April 15, 2019
November 2019 – submit by April 15, 2019

Themed Issues (specify theme in your subject line)

March 2019 – New collections due out Spring 2019 (submit by January 15, include name of publisher)
April 2019 – by invitation only, in celebration of Poetry Month
June 2019 – Canadian finalists for the Griffin Poetry Prize
September 2019 – New collections due out Fall 2019 (submit by May 1)
December 2019 – by invitation only