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COVID-19 Response

Mar 31, 2020

To help public health efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, CV2 staff members are currently working remotely from our homes, but remain available for any questions or queries you might have about submissions, subscriptions, or registration for our 2-Day Poem Contest. Because of our current setup, there might be a slight delay in responding, but we are running as close to normal as possible in these circumstances, and will get back to you as soon as we can.

We know these are difficult, uncertain times, and one way we can contribute is to let you know that we are doing our best to keep our programming on track.

Fortunately, our 2-Day Poem Contest — Canada’s most popular, completely online poetry contest — is organized in a way that enables it to continue as planned, taking place this year over the weekend of April 24-26. If you are looking for something fun and poetic, social and distant, join other poets from across the globe in taking us up on our challenge of writing the best poem you can in 48 hours, using within that poem the 10 words we provide. With two entry options, this contest is both affordable and a good way to stretch a body’s poetic chops. For more information, check out our contest page here.

The submissions portal on our website remains open, and submissions are being reviewed. We are also currently running two submissions calls: the first for our Fall 2020 issue (Vol.43.2) — “Hope or Do We Have One: Poetry for Uncertain Times” with a deadline for submissions of May 15, 2020; and the second for our Winter 2021 issue (Vol.43.3) — “2S + QTBIPOC Bodies” with Guest Editor Joshua Whitehead and a deadline for submissions of September 15, 2020. Visit this link to read the full details for these submission calls, and to submit.

We’d like to let subscribers and contributors alike know that our Spring 2020 issue, Vol.42.4, featuring new work from poets including Leslie Joy Ahenda, Jaeyun Yoo, Marc Perez, Jennifer Zilm, Christine Wu, Isabel Yang, Catriona Wright, Yelibert Cruz Roo, Manahil Bandukwala, Meredith Quartermain, and others, is on its way back from the printer and will arrive in your mailboxes very soon.

Finally, like so many others, all of us at CV2 would like to sing the praises of all those working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic — every doctor, nurse, medical staff worker, cleaning staff member, grocery store and food supply worker, and so many others working to keep us all safe and healthy in the face of this unprecedented threat. To all of you, a very big and grateful thank you.

We hope you’re all taking care — maybe even writing a poem or two — and staying safe.