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?

Subscribe to Poetry Pause! 

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

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.

Poetry Pause Eligibility and Submission Guidelines

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 refrain from including any identifying information (name, email, address) in your poem document, as submissions are reviewed anonymously.
  • 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.

Spoken Word Poetry Guidelines (Spoken Word Saturday) 

  • 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.
  • Unpublished and previously published poems are accepted.
  • 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


All month long in April, Poetry Pause will be showcasing poetry about JOY!

Call for Submissions now open!

Poetry Pause would like your JOY poems!

  • This special themed call for submissions is open only to LCP Members (at any membership tier).
  • Print or spoken word poems
  • Deadline: submissions call is open until February 28, 2022
  • Previously published poems are accepted.
  • Complete the submission form
  • Submitting to the Poetry Pause special call does not count towards annual submission caps for general Poetry Pause submissions. 

See your poetry distributed to over 2,000 Poetry Pause email subscribers this National Poetry Month!

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