Each year, the fifty best poems and the list of notable poems are selected by the guest editor from more than sixty Canadian print and online journals (listed in each BCP edition). No poems may be submitted directly to the anthology. All poems chosen must be published in the previous year in a Canadian print or online periodical. We depend on those periodicals to keep us updated on their issues. If you edit or publish a print or online journal that does not appear on our list of magazines consulted, please contact us at bestcanadianpoetry@gmail.com. The series relies on complimentary copies from the publications involved.

The 2017 special tenth anniversary edition comprises a selection of poems chosen by Molly Peacock and Anita Lahey from the previous nine editions of The Best Canadian Poetry in English.