Contribute to the Literary Review of Canada

Review, Essay, and Illustration Pitches

The LRC wants to hear from prospective writers and illustrators from across the country. Email us with specific ideas or general queries. And while we happily consider unsolicited pitches, we rarely consider already completed reviews and essays.


  • The LRC publishes poetry by emerging and established Canadian writers.
  • The LRC only considers previously unpublished poems for its issues.
  • Our reading period is December 1, 2018 to April 15, 2019.
  • Please send three to five poems attached as a .doc/docx document (and pasted in email).
  • Indicate in the subject line of the email whether you are submitting for an OPEN ISSUE or THEMED ISSUE (please specify which theme).
  • Individual poems should not exceed fifty lines (including title and blank lines).
  • Send poems to Include your full contact information, including your postal address.
  • Only one submission in a twelve-month period will be considered.
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
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