the way out is the way in: an anthology of disabled poets

The LCP Chapbook Series presents: the way out is the way in: an anthology of disabled poets, edited by Stuart Ian McKay.

This chapbook by disabled poets acknowledges and celebrates the dignity, passion, joy and difficulties poets living with disabilities encounter and overcome every day. It connects them not only to one another, but to a world that too often excludes them. Editor Stuart Ian McKay, himself a poet living with a permanent disability, invites other poets with disabilities, however that is defined, to submit work that celebrates the struggles, the victories, the joys and mysteries of the disabled experience. Tell the truth, delight, rejoice in how poetry sets you free!

The League encourages submissions by equity seeking individuals including LGBTQI2S, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, writers with disabilities, women, and those who face barriers because of mental health challenges and neurodivergence. We are also open to submissions written in dialects not recognized by mainstream publishing, and translations into English. If you are submitting a poem in a language other than English, please provide additional context for our readers in English.

Submissions are now closed. Submissions were open from April 19, 2021 – May 31, 2021.

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Submission guidelines:

  • Submissions are open to Canadian citizens and poets living and/or practicing in Canada.
  • All submissions must be in DOC, DOCX or PDF format.
  • Poetry submissions may consist of one to three previously unpublished (print or online) poems in any style (including prose poems).
  • Length is flexible, though poems longer than 2 pages will be considered only if they are of exceptional quality. Poems longer than 4 pages cannot be considered.
  • Please complete the form in its entirety. If you have trouble with the form, contact
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately.
  • Selected poets will receive a $25 honorarium per selected poem.


Stuart Ian McKay is a Calgary poet. His poetry and nonfiction have been published in many Canadian journals and anthologies. His second book of poetry  a cognate of prayer is a series of four long poems celebrating the lives of persons with disabilities. even the idea of maya is maya, a poetry chapbook, was published by Frog Hollow Press in 2019 as part of its Dis/Ability Series. Stuart serves on the poetry editorial collective of filling station magazine. He is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets.

The LCP Chapbook Series publishes fresh and exceptional Canadian poetry guided by various themes and forms to increase visibility and recognition for the various identities and intersections that contribute to the vibrant Canadian poetry community.

Collections from the LCP Chapbook Series are produced in a limited run and are lovingly hand-sewn by Nic Brewer.