Submissions Are Now Open For The Animal Issue!

“But my courage is roaring like the sound of the sun

‘Cause it’s vain about its mane and will reveal

I’m an animal, you’re an animal too.”  Neko Case, “I‘m an Animal”

“Beat drums! Beat drums!” Animal, from The Muppet Show


Roar, peep, hiss! This is a call for submissions for the Animal Issue! Send your poems that go wild! Or domesticated. Eulogize beloved pets or go on about how you wanna be someone’s dog. Submit poems about animal instincts and animal desires. Anthropomorphize until your heart’s content. I bet you have feelings about famous animals and I want poetry about Benji, or King Kong or animated chipmunks. I want your animal energies and animalistic tendencies and to know what the soft animal of your body is really up to. I want to see all the poems about peoples’ favourite fauna, from land, air or sea! Be funny, be fun, be sad, be sentimental. This issue is about the animals of the world and the animal in us all.



Dina Del Bucchia is an otter and dress enthusiast and the author of four collections of poetry, Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks, 2013), Blind Items (Insomniac Press, 2014), Rom Com (Talonbooks, 2015), written with Daniel Zomparelli and It’s a Big Deal! (Talonbooks 2019). She also hosts Can’t Lit, a podcast on Canadian literature and culture, with Jen Sookfong Lee. Her short story, “Under the ‘I’,” was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award in 2012 and her first collection of short stories, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, was published in fall 2017 with Arsenal Pulp Press. She was a senior editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine and is the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series and on the editorial board of fine. press. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she currently is an instructor. Her most recent work is the digital chapbook Douche Process (Model Press, 2021). You can, sort of, find out more about her at


Click here to submit your work!

Youth Poetry and Art Workshop

Announcing CV2’s first zine-making workshop! Open to youth ages 16 to 18, the free and in-person workshop will be facilitated by Evan J. and Hanna Reimer and cover themes of belonging. Participants will not only discuss contemporary Canadian poetry, but they will have a chance to produce a zine inspired by its content. According to participants’ comfort levels and current health guidelines, the zine will be presented in a small launch.

Due to limited space, we’ll be accepting applications from interested participants. Click here for more information and to check out the application!

Please note: all participants must be fully vaccinated, boosted, and must wear a mask for the duration of the workshop.

Farewell Summer Fling Fundraiser

Join us on Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at the Beer Can for the CV2 “Farewell Summer Fling” Fundraiser. The event will feature readings from CV2 poets, a poetry slam, and the musical stylings of the Lytics and Mama Cutsworth!

Click here to see our event page  – buy your tickets now if you’re excited for poetry, music, food, and community!

People’s Choice — 2022 2-Day Poem Contest

Before we can announce the winners of this year’s 2-Day Poem Contest, we need your help determining who will win People’s Choice! Here you can read all five poems that are finalists for the award. Simply click on the links to open the poems in PDF format, and vote for your favourite! Voting will remain open until 11:59pm CT on Tuesday, June 21st and all winners will be announced on Friday June 24th.

Poetry In Motion Fundraiser

We’re excited to announce our Poetry in Motion Fundraiser!
This event will be held virtually from June 6-12. Join us by walking, running, rolling, or strolling outside or in the comfort of your own home. Since this is a virtual event you can join in from anywhere in the world, and reach your goal in your own time and at your own pace! Split our 5 km option into smaller chunks, or run a marathon in one day, the choice is yours!
For some extra spice, keep an eye out for three poetry prompts in your email inbox throughout the week and register to receive a medal for completing any of the challenges!
You can tag us at @cv2magazine with the hashtag #PoetryInMotion to share your poems, views, progress, and more!

If you have any questions, you can reach out to:

Register for the event here!

BIPOC Writers Intensive

Announcing CV2’s first BIPOC Writers Intensive of 2022!

This free workshop will be held in Winnipeg May 14-15. Open to emerging BIPOC writers, the workshop will be led by the wonderful Sally Ito.

Workshop Description: “Poetry is made up of three things – you, the world, and language.  In this workshop, you will write about yourself — Who are you in words? — and about the world — What is out there for me to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell?  We will focus in particular on short verse forms like the haiku, tanka, and cinquain.” 

Due to limited space (10 participants max), we’ll be accepting applications from those interested in participating. Applications are due by May 6, and successful applicants will be notified by May 9. You can register for the event here!

Sick Poetics Issue Launch

Save the date! We’ll be launching Sick Poetics on Thursday, May 5th, at 7pm CT over Zoom✨

Register now at the link below, and stay tuned for the exciting list of readers, coming soon!

ID: Text graphic with a geometric print of ombre pink circles and half-circles, and the following text in a simple green font. Text: Save the date. 05.05.22. Zoom (pre-registration required) Free & open to all!

2021 Foster Poetry Prize Winner

We’re thrilled to announce the winner and honourable mentions for the 2021 Foster Poetry Prize, as selected by Jónína Kirton!

“Moving, Again” by Yilin Wang

Honourable Mentions
“Brighton Beach” by Rebecca Faulkner
“WITNESS” by Sneha Subramanian Kanta
“Spilled Water” by Lucy Yang

We were also incredibly moved to learn that winner Yilin Wang has decided to donate her $1000 in prize money to Unist’ot’en Camp. Read on for a word from our judge and to learn more about Yilin’s generous decision. Please join us in congratulating her, Rebecca, Sneha, and Lucy on their wins!

A word from our judge, Jónína Kirton:
“As a poet I like to dig deeply into words, feel their impact, their history and all that they leave in their wake. Being a ‘judge’ in a poetry contest is a mixed blessing. The word judge evokes strong feelings in me. It has a long association with courts of law, the place that colonizers still use to ensure that their rights are enforced. At the same time, I also know that being selected or nominated in poetry contests can bring attention to a poet and their work and that this attention has far reaching effects. It is for this reason that I accepted this role, and I am so glad that I did. Every poem was compelling. I had to read them all over and over. Some poems take time to reveal the layers within them and I wanted to give each poem the attention it deserved. I kept returning to “Moving, Again” as a top contender. I was drawn to the formatting, the way it took space on the page while speaking to displacement, something that far too many of us have experienced. In very few words this poet covered a lot of territory, the shared history of the Chinese and Indigenous, the connection to family and friends via gifts that travel with us from home to home and the precariousness that exists for so many of us around home. As a landless Métis who has been a renter for most of my life I connected to this poem on many levels. I particularly enjoyed the subversive feel that taking so much space on the page brought combined with the way that the linkage to the past spoke to connections to place, to these Lands that cannot be undone. The fact that it did this while at the same time acknowledging all the stolen lands was brilliant.”

From contest winner Yilin Wang:
“I am so honoured that Jónína Kirton has chosen my poem “Moving, Again” as the winner of the Foster Poetry Prize and want to express my deepest gratitude towards her as well as to the whole team at CV2. This poem is a very personal piece that explores my experience moving during the pandemic, my understanding of home, and my relationship with and responsibilities to the land that I am on. Since the poem touches on the history of solidarity between Chinese Canadian and Indigenous communities, I will be donating the prize money that I receive to the Unist’ot’en camp in support of Indigenous land defenders who are defending their lands against the Coastal GasLink pipeline. I’d like to encourage all my fellow settlers to donate to the Unist’ot’en as well and to take actions to support them. Please check out this site for more details: Thank you!”

Inspired by Yilin’s solidarity and thoughtfulness, the CV2 staff have decided to make our own donations to Unist’ot’en Camp along with hers. We’d like to thank Yilin for her generosity, and to congratulate her, Rebecca, Sneha, and Lucy on their wins once again!

2021 Foster Poetry Prize Shortlist

We’re thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Foster Poetry Prize, as selected by our wonderful judge, Jónína Kirton!

2021 Foster Poetry Prize Shortlist
“A Great-Grandchild to Hold” by Manahil Bandukwala
“(in)side(out)” by Moni Brar
“Brighton Beach” by Rebecca Faulkner
“Giving Thanks in American” by britt mcgillivray
“matching red flower barbie sundress, a parting gift” by Kimberley Orton
“WITNESS” by Sneha Subramanian Kanta
“ACCEPT:ROUTINE” by Justin Timbol
“Moving, Again” by Yilin Wang
“Lament” by Emily Wood
“Spilled Water” by Lucy Yang

Stayed tuned for an announcement of the winner and honourable mentions.

Congratulations to the shortlisters, and thank you to everyone who submitted!