Submission Guidelines considers previously unpublished poetry in English from emerging and established poets. Note that you always own copyright to your poems. We do not consider translations unless the author's  or the author's estate's permission is provided. Please note that we count poems published in print and online, whether published by others or self-published to be previously published and therefore cannot consider such poems for

Poets must be current or former Ottawa residents, students and workers. 

The deadline for submission is the 15th of each month for consideration for the subsequent issue. Poems longer than 250 words and 45 lines will be rejected.

Please submit a maximum of 5 poems per month in ONE (1) file. If you submit more than 5, we will consider the first 5 for the upcoming issue, and the additional poems for subsequent issues of Please inform us if you decide to publish any of the poems elsewhere.

We accept poetry via e-mail in Word, RTF or HTML format. We do not offer editing suggestions or any feedback on submissions.

We do not consider visual poems or visual elements such as photographs or illustrations in poems.

Please name the file with your first and last name [FIRST_LAST.doc] & put the word "SUBMISSION" in the subject line of the e-mail.

Please e-mail

Please include your name, telephone number, e-mail, home address and a brief biography in the third person with your submission. 

Please identify yourself as a current or former Ottawa resident, student or worker.

You may include a link to your website in your biography. We reserve the right to edit your biography.

E-mail submissions will receive acknowledgements of receipt.

Depending on the volume of poetry received, our goal is to inform you of our decision to include your poetry within 90 days of receipt of your poems. If you do not hear from us, please feel free to send an e-mail.

Poems published on Bywords receive a nominal payment.

// wants your Canadian poetry reviews.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of

Info for Event Organizers's calendar of literary events is for readings, book signings and launches, festivals, writers' circles, storytelling, spoken word showcases and slams and other activities relating to the written or spoken word that take place in the National Capital Region. In order for a literary event to be considered for the calendar it must have some kind of association with a book or chapbook. Workshops and conferences will not be posted on the calendar but in the news.