Poetry Pause

Poetry Pause is the League’s daily poetry dispatch program, inspired by the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day, the original daily digital poetry series. The Poetry Pause project is intended to augment the presence of Canadian poetry and to provide an opportunity to Canadian poets – seasoned and emerging alike – to have their poetry read by many. Poetry Pause delivers more than a poem; it delivers the chance for folks to pause for poetry – to spare a few minutes each day for words that heal, inspire, and sustain.

We are happy to launch in 2021 Spoken Word Saturdays, where Poetry Pause will showcase works of spoken word poetry.

Every Sunday Poetry Pause sends a round-up of the week’s poetry.

Want to receive a poem a day from the League?

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Check out the Poetry Pause archive here.

Your poetry could be featured in Poetry Pause; we are always accepting submissions! Please read the guidelines below then complete the form (click here) or below


Poetry Pause: Spoken Word Saturdays

Spoken Word Poetry Guidelines

  • Submit up to 3 spoken word poems as audio files, video files or website links. Individual poems should not exceed 15 minutes in length.
  • There is no cost to submit spoken word poems.
  • Unpublished and previously published poems are accepted. Please include copyright details for appropriate credit where applicable.
  • Submissions are accepted on an on-going basis; there is no deadline. 

Please note: Spoken Word Poem eligibility is at the discretion of LCP and the Poetry Pause reviewers. If selected, you will be contacted to confirm your details and date of appearance in Poetry Pause. For any questions or comments as we launch this expansion of Poetry Pause, contact info@poets.ca

If you encounter any issues, have questions, or find that the form does not work for you, please email info@poets.ca including all of the information/items below.

Print Poetry Guidelines

  • Members of the League may submit up to the maximum of five (5) poems at no cost.
  • Non-members of the League may submit two poems at no cost.
  • Each poem must be no longer than 100 lines in length.
  • Please attach each poem to the form as an individual file with the file name format LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_POEMTITLE
  • Except for the file title, please do not include any identifying information (name, email, address) in your poem document.
  • Poems may be previously published (only when copyright belongs to the author, or if the author has obtained conditional permission from the publisher)
  • Submissions are open only to poets residing in Canada.
  • Submissions are accepted on an on-going basis; there is no deadline.
  • Blind submissions will be periodically sent to our Selection Committee, comprised of professional Canadian poets.
  • If selected, you will be contacted to supply your biography and previous publication credits, if applicable.