CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Fall 2020 and Winter 2021

Announcing not one, but *two* submission calls for CV2's upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 issues:

Fall 2020 (Volume 43 Issue 2) – "Hope or do we have one: poetry for uncertain times"
Deadline: May 15, 2020

We are undoubtedly living in strange and tumultuous times, having to confront what seems like a new crisis each day: climate change, rising inequalities, large-scale conflict, political corruption, and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. What role does poetry play in responding to the simultaneously personal and global challenges that we are presented with today? How do our words help us navigate times of uncertainty? CV2 is looking for submissions of poetry, essays (including personal experience essays), and reviews about the contributions that poetry makes in difficult times.

Winter 2021 (Volume 43 Issue 3) – "2S + QTBIPOC Bodies"
Guest Editor: Joshua Whitehead 
Deadline: September 15, 2020

We are seeking poetry and prose for Volume 43.3 of CV2 on 2S + QTBIPOC Bodies. What does your queer body mean to you as a writer? Regarding relationships with queerness and bodies, what is your landscape to yourself and to others? Does non-human kinship relate back to your two-spirit identity/queerness? What does your skin taste like after being queered up? What is the most sensual part of your body: shoulders, calves, sternum, knees and toes? Show me your ankles and I’ll show you mine! 

Poets–including but not exclusive to–Two-Spirit, Black, Trans, Indigenous, People of Colour, and non-binary writers are particularly encouraged to submit.

JOSHUA WHITEHEAD is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation, Treaty 1. He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press), which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award in Fiction, and the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks), which was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Poetry in English and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. Currently, they are working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary's English department, Treaty 7.


Note: If your submission is in a language other than English or French, please include a brief English language preface describing the work in your cover letter.

Contemporary Verse 2 accepts online submissions only. Read our submission guidelines here. Submit your work using the link below:

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