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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.


The Literary Review of Canada publishes unpublished work by emerging and established Canadian poets.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

Reading Period for 2020 Issues: From November 15, 2019, to April 15, 2020. 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)

Jan-Feb 2020 – submit by November 20
May 2020 – submit by March 15
July-August 2020 – submit by April 15
October 2020 – submit by April 15
November 2020 – submit by April 15

Themed Issues (specify theme in your subject line)

March 2020 – new collections due out Spring 2020 (submit by January 15, and include publisher name)
April 2020 – by invitation only, in celebration of Poetry Month
June 2020 – Canadian finalists for the Griffin Poetry Prize
September 2020 – new collections due out Fall 2020 (submit by April 15, and include publisher name)
December 2020 – by invitation only