Vallum is interested in original and previously unpublished work. Ideal submissions are well-crafted, fresh and edgy. We are committed to enriching and continuing the tradition of poetry in the present day. We welcome submissions that deepen our understanding of what poetry is and can be. We are open to most styles, whether experimental or traditional – though issues are usually put together with an underlying theme in mind, so not all poetry can be accepted, even if it is genius! 

The winner of the Vallum Chapbook Award receives publication of their chapbook as a part of the Vallum Chapbook Series as well as $300. Selections from the chapbook will also appear in the print and digital magazine!

Vallum's Chapbook Series has published work from Bhanu Kapil, Sina Queyras, Nicole Brossard, George Elliott Clarke, Erín Moure, Franz Wright, Fanny Howe, John Kinsella, and many more. Past winners of the Vallum Chapbook Award have won the bpNichol Chapbook Prize, been nominated for the Nelson Ball Prize for poetry of observation, and the Griffin Poetry Prize!

To enter the contest fill out the form, submit your payment, and attach your file. If you have any questions about the submission process or you wish to withdraw your entry, please email

ENTRY FEE: $25 for Canadian entrants, $30 for US and international entrants, and includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum magazine. Payment is made through Submittable. If you are in a financial position where paying the entry fee poses a difficulty, please email us at for details about how to submit. 


  1. The entry fee covers one chapbook submission of 12-30 pages. Do not label your chapbook with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. 
  2. Chapbooks may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published (individual poems appearing in the manuscript that have been published elsewhere are fine).
  3. The winning chapbook will receive publication as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series and a $300 prize, plus promotion via social media and website. Selections from the chapbook will also be published in our print and digital magazine.

Vallum (VSEAL) strongly encourages submissions from LGBTQIA+, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers or persons with mental or physical challenges, and all who are otherwise affected by structural inequality. Under no circumstances does Vallum tolerate bigoted, violent or abusive content.

Vallum (VSEAL) encourage vivement les soumissions de LGBTQIA+, écrivains autochtones, écrivains de couleur, écrivains non conformes au genre, écrivains ayant des capacités différentes ou personnes ayant des problèmes physiques ou mentaux, et tous ceux qui sont autrement affectés par une inégalité structurelle. Vallum ne tolère en aucun cas un contenu sectaire, violent ou abusif.