Submission Guidelines

Contemporary Verse 2 accepts only online submissions for consideration.

We no longer accept mail or email submissions. Please use the link at the bottom of this page to submit.

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Note that CV2's reading period runs from Sept 1 through May 31. CV2 does not accept submissions from June 1 through August 31.

Submission Guidelines

Any submissions that do not follow correct guidelines or do not include full contact information will not be considered for publication and will not receive a reply. Please read the submission guidelines before sending us your work. Submit your work using the link below.

Editorial Aim and Policy

Contemporary Verse 2 is a quarterly literary journal that publishes poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews. It is our policy to publish new writing by both emerging and established poets. The writing we encourage reflects a diversity representing a range of social and cultural experience along with literary excellence.

Simultaneous Submissions

We do not consider simultaneous submissions. We understand the desire to simultaneously submit; waiting for several months to hear back about your submission can be very frustrating. And while we make every effort to consider the submissions that we receive in a timely manner, sometimes because of circumstance beyond our control the consideration process takes longer that we would like. But the problem for us, is that even if you are diligent about informing us that your work has been accepted elsewhere, there is a good chance that our poetry editors have already spent considerable time and effort reviewing your writing for possible publication only to have it then withdrawn.

Suitability for Publication

CV2 purchases first North American serial print rights and limited, non-exclusive digital rights only. Authors retain full copyright for works published in CV2.

We suggest that writers research literary journals carefully before submitting their work to determine that the journal’s aesthetics match that of their writing. Because of the number of submissions we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback to everyone who requests it. If you are a new writer, we recommend seeking consultation from an experienced writer. For manuscript consultation services and programs, contact your local or provincial writing organization for assistance.

A sample of CV2 content is published on our website. In addition, back issues of CV2 are available for $5 (+$2 shipping) in our store. Or, check the list of where to buy CV2.

French language submissions

CV2 welcomes poetry submissions in French, as well as translation projects, including both French to English and English to French.

Length of Submissions

Note: For submissions of critical writing, including articles, essays, interviews, and reviews, please include a word count in your cover letter. Authors of critical writing should be prepared for editorial suggestions regarding length, tone, and format.

Submission Requirements

Please upload your submission as a single attachment of a Microsoft Word, TXT or RTF (rich text format) document.

Each submission should include:

Review Time

Our review time is between 2 to 6 months. We ask that you please be patient with our editorial process, which is designed to ensure that all submissions are considered with the same care.

Because of publication deadlines, our questions concerning editing often require a quick turnaround, meaning publication of your work could be jeopardized or delayed if you do not provide accurate contact information.

Reading period

Contemporary Verse 2 accepts submissions from Sept. 1 through May 31. 


Writers whose work is selected for publication receive 2 complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears. This is in addition to payment.

Note for international writers

Unsolicited overseas contributors (from outside of Canada and the USA) whose fee is $40.00 or less (one poem or review) will receive only their two contributor copies as payment. We are no longer able to offer a fee to these writers because the cost of postage to mail two copies of the journal is higher than the amount that the contributor would receive in payment for a single poem or review. There can also be difficulties in the exchange of smaller amounts of Canadian Funds abroad. The only exceptions to this new policy are Canadians living abroad who give a Canadian address for mailings. These contributors will be compensated according to guidelines for regular Canadian contributors, receiving payment and two contributor copies.

Upcoming themed issues

If you wish to submit for a specific themed issue, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Summer 2017

In an inclusive, rather than exclusive, celebration of the unique cultural bridge between Manitoba and Iceland, CV2 is currently inviting submissions of poetry, essays, interviews, translations, reviews and art for our Summer 2017 issue—Volume 40 Issue 1 “Convergence.” A joint project with the núna (now) Iceland Canada Art Convergence, this issue will feature work on survival.

We are looking for writing about survival as a starting point for a conversation that considers possibilities of survival, of cross-cultural exchange, and legacy—work that depicts personal and collective survival; alludes to hybridity and transformation; carries with it the physical markers of distress as part of their conceptual make-up; and challenges preconceived notions of what it is to endure from both a historical and a contemporary point of view. How did those before us persevere and how does it impact us now? What are the challenges to survival we face today and how do/can we overcome them, especially those deeply rooted in transgressions of the past? Given what seems like endless turmoil churning around us today, what will it take to survive into the future?

Deadline for Submissions extended to: March 31, 2017

We look forward to hearing from you!

Note that CV2's reading period runs from Sept 1 through May 31. CV2 does not accept submissions from June 1 through August 31. Note that during the summer of 2016, ONLY submissions for the Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous Poetics issue are accepted.




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