Please take the time to read their statement. Although this is a summer edition of Malahat , the magazine has a misty sense of rain, of wetness. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by Quinn Stacey. PG: Do you try to stay as close to the original text as possible, or do you allow yourself freedom to move and write within varied types of syntax, punctuation, and diction? Page—who has made, or continues to make, significant contributions in the genre or genres for which they are known locally, nationally, and internationally. See the full announcement pages for interviews and judges' comments.
The late Glenn E. From there come six short poems that draw a world coloured in nature and complexity by award-winning Canadian poet and playwright Patrick Friesen. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by Michelle Ha. Deadline May 1, You'll also be automatically entered to win a stellar book prize! We've moved! After many years in the University of Victoria's Clearihue building nestled under the clock tower, you can now find us in a more accessible office space in the neighbouring McPherson Library on campus.
If you're wanting to visit us in our new location, we're on the second floor of the library, Room A. Don't forget about our special book prize: all submitters will also be automatically entered to win a set of nine poetry books from Canadian publishers! Click here for submission details. Say goodbye to winter blues and take advantage of a great deal! The Malahat Review congratulates this year's contest winners! Contest judges had great things to say about the winning submissions! Check out the full announcement page for the Open Season Award winners.
All you have to do is submit your work to the contest, and you'll be automatically entered to win nine books of poetry:. Click here for contest guidelines and submission details. This edition of the Malahat Review feels remarkable, not only for the consistent excellence of the contained work, but for the impression of an unfolding as the reader passes through the consuming worlds of each of the pieces. SH: What advice would you give to other writers, especially young people, who are writing about traumatic incidents? RM: Given that this kind of writing can be triggering, I suggest having a good support system in place to draw comfort or strength from, when and if need be.
I know for myself that I can only write in a state of calm and being centred, and meditation and mindfulness rituals help with that. See the list of the Open Season Awards contest finalists here! Don't miss out on our biennial Long Poem Prize contest! Only three weeks left to submit to our Long Poem Prize contest! In addition, we're offering a stellar book prize of nine poetry books to one lucky contest entrant! This month's newsletter features an interview with Constance Rooke CNF Prize winner Rowan McCandless in which she talks about the hermit crab essay form, euro-colonialism, and writing about trauma in her winning essay, "Found Objects.
Queer Perspectives Issue contributors Francesca Ekwuyasi pictured and Billeh Nickerson also weighed in on their work, talking about the evolution of their writing as well as queer writing and stories in general. As a literary genre, I suggest not argue that it is only in the early years of the twenty-first century that creative nonfiction has come to be seen comfortably as a peer among other literary genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction.
The publication of creative nonfiction among the poems and stories in a magazine like Malahat is one of the traits that cements the literary quality of the form. We welcome any aesthetic approach or content; no restrictions! Read the full submission guidelines for our Long Poem Prize contest. Her childhood is a collection of intentional mis-hearings in response to moments of familial rupture. Someone Stole My Motorcycle. Sonofabitch becomes Sunonthebeach. Life can be hard; sometimes language can soften it.
Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by Alana Friend Lettner. Don't miss your chance to submit to our biennial Long Poem Prize contest! In addition, we're offering a stellar book prize to one lucky contest entrant. All you have to do is submit to the contest, and you'll be automatically entered to win nine books of poetry from Canadian publishers! Find out what they're looking for in a winning long poem.
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There is something about the way the world is revealed in winter by its light—weak, delicate, muted—that compels us to reveal ourselves. The starkness of a landscape under snow is an invitation to introspection. Trees without leaves, earth without grass, and air without warmth: winter is a time for waiting. Winter is a time for writing.
What can we learn from the process of failing to capture someone's image? Writers are obsessed with metamorphosis. Moments that transform, moments in which the before is split from the after, in which a life is riven irrevocably. A long life is likely to undergo many severings. A short story often undergoes only one. This contest is one of the few in North America that accept long poems. Last chance to submit to our Open Season Awards contest! Take the extra weekend to perfect your pieces and submit them by November 5, at midnight, PST! Send in your best writing to this year's contest.
Greenboathouse Press published it as a chapbook in , and it is also the title for his book of poems from ECW Press. Her memoir was chosen by contest judge Lynne Van Luven. See the full announcement page for the judge's comments and the winner's bio. Read more about the Alden Nowlan Victoria celebration here. Open Season judges Kyo Maclear nonfiction ; pictured and Carmelinda Scian fiction weigh in on what they're looking for in winning contest entries.
Also catch a past interview with Shane Book poetry about his poems in our fiftieth anniversary Issue Read the full submission guidelines for our Open Season Awards contest. Featuring cover art by Alison Yip. Can you tell me a little about planning the trip and coming to write the essay that eventually resulted?
This essay unfolded entirely unexpectedly from the trip. With eagerness, wariness, and curiosity we reach for future relationships and cling to those we have left in the past. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by David Brown. Our Open Season Awards contest deadline is coming up fast. Higgins, a writer, translator, critic and professor in the Department of English at [the University of Victoria], will oversee the iconic publication, which has been housed at the university since its inception in and celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.
Read the full article online, courtesy of UVic's community newspaper, The Ring. The winner, as chosen by contest judge Lynne Van Luven , will be announced by October 17 on our website and social media pages. The November 1 deadline is fast approaching! Have you started writing your entries yet? SB-N: One of the things that first struck me about the poem was the use of Morse code to divide the stanzas. In his introduction, Barton says the original idea was that it be a celebratory tribute to how writers engage with the British Columbia environment.
As submissions began to arrive, however, they realized the overarching vision was more elegiac, more dark than light, and, like the land, did not observe provincial boundaries. The successful Marketing and Promotions candidate will have a broad knowledge of current social media tools and will be conversant with Windows-based Word, Excel and WordPress. An excellent command of English is required. An undergraduate or graduate Writing student is preferred.
The proverbial elephant in the room has changed course and has begun a solitary journey down a seemingly deserted highway. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by Robin Reniero. Back to school, back to work Last chance for a Summer Subscription deal! You know that feeling? After reading the Spring issue of Malahat , I found myself trying to remember the last time I felt it. You've submitted your work to literary journals, but now it's a waiting game. How can you get paid now for your writing? Learn more about her at poetryofdanielle. Want to enter more than one piece, or maybe you're a multi-genre writer?
How long have these writing workshops been on offer and how long have you been volunteering with the shelter? I started in the kitchen, going in on Friday afternoons to bake and make fruit platters for the women and kids as they came in from appointments, work, school. The volunteer program as organized by the shelter is truly amazing in its variety. The writing workshops I do are just one of many ongoing activities. The cover of issue offers a clue as to some of the diverse and provocative content within. The outdoors, fly fishing, and the exploration of life experience weave their way into several of the pieces in this rich, reflective, and timely issue.
We're all about summer in this month's newsletter! The sale is on until the official last day of summer. Continue reading this month's newsletter! Not only does this issue of The Malahat Review contain the two winning poems from the Long Poem Prize contest, the cover art is contributed by Aurian Haller, one of the winning poets. Don't forget we're also offering a book prize of five stellar nonfiction works to one lucky contest entrant. All you have to do is enter the contest; after the deadline, we'll draw one name from the list of entrants. This year's judge is Lynne Van Luven.
Read an interview with her here. Submit your creative nonfiction entry today! Sharon McCartney has a smart poem sequence in this issue. Looking for something to read on the beaches of Salt Spring Island or Mykonos? Treat your friends, family, or yourself to a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review this summer! See the full contents list for the Summer issue, with interviews and book reviews. Please join us in congratulating Jason on his story, "Before She Left," which originally appeared in our Fiftieth Anniversary Victoria-themed Issue from Autumn Full list of longlisted authors and journals available on the Writers' Trust website.
This issue contains many exciting pieces, both prose and poetry, written by names readers will recognize, including Andrew Gray, Sue Goyette, Sue Sinclair, and Henry Beissel. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by James Kendrick. Announcing the winner of the Far Horizons Award for Poetry! Her poem was chosen by contest judge Carolyn Smart from close to entries. See the full announcement page for judges' comments and the winner's bio. The deadline for our upcoming theme issue has been extended to July 19 at midnight, PST! The poem, and my life at that point.
Suicided by Society. That is a phrase that rings true with most indigenous peoples, I think. I chose a few paintings by VG to use as poems. In this case, this painting is of white almond flowers on a blue background, and yet the poem may suggest darker themes. My hope was irony. Jobin's story was originally published in Issue , our Fiftieth Anniversary Issue. Read an interview with Jason Jobin on his winning story.
The winner, as chosen by contest judge Carolyn Smart , will be announced by July 11 on our website and social media pages. Among the gifts in this issue is P. She is much better known for her poetry and her visual art, but Page wrote fiction all through her career and this story about a troubled and troubling guest shows that she was skillful in prose as well. Publishing a novella in a quarterly magazine is a risky business—it means that the competition for the remaining pages of the issue is fierce. In this busy world of smart phones and too much information, it seems to me that a reader might take refuge in a novella, particularly because that reader might be able to get to the end of it in a week or two.
Guest editors Ali Blythe , Trevor Corkum pictured , and Betsy Warland were interviewed on what they're looking for in submissions to the Queer Perspectives issue. Read our full submission guidelines for Queer Perspectives. Catch up on all things Queer Perspectives in our June e-newsletter! Don't miss Caroline Misner 's new Publishing Tip on a universal writerly topic—accepting rejections. Continue reading this month's newsletter here.
Fiction contributors J. The story is recounted in Jamesian-style, and the young man goes with the full support of his family--kindly letters are exchanged. In this month's Publishing Tip , Caroline Misner helps you move past the disappointment and frustration of receiving yet another rejection letter. There is little consolation in knowing that all writers, without exception, have dealt with rejection. Any writer who claims to have never received a rejection is either lying or not submitting. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by Rhonda Batchelor.
Markus creative nonfiction. JE: I think I was thinking about things like, what is the pilgrimage about? What does it mean? What do I want it to do? A lot of the pilgrimage, for me, I think, was learning how to give the cow its space in the meadow. Do something! Hurry up! But just walking every day, sometimes as much as forty kilometres, with a heavy pack, up and down mountains — it starts to sort of murder a lot of the chatter and clutter in your skull, somehow.
Things get very simple and primal and clean. This prize will be awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization. Sign up for Malahat lite to read an interview with her in our upcoming July e-newsletter. The winners from all nominated magazines and categories will be announced on June 1 at a special gala in Toronto!
Settle into spring with our latest newsletter! Her winning story will be available to read in the Summer issue. Continue reading this month's newsletter for these and more goodies. This contest is specifically for emerging poets—eligible entrants have yet to publish their poetry in book form. This year's judge is Carolyn Smart.
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Read an interview with her about what she's looking for in a winning poem here. Submit your Far Horizons poetry entry today! Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by Paige Lindsay. Read more about Queer Perspectives guest editors. In each, the language—stretched taut as a trampoline—elevates the story and leads the reader to deeper considerations.
Announcing the winner of the Novella Prize! ES: As the title suggests, the poem is about searching for proof of life—what does that phrase mean to you? SM: Proof of life is a phrase borrowed from ransom negotiations to describe evidence — often photographic — that a kidnap victim is still alive.
I was thinking about the ways we are held hostage by the lives we construct. Duty, routine, the necessities of making ends meet — these things are often at odds with our inner lives. You might say poetry itself is largely antithetical to these constraints. And check out the latest Publishing Tip from Evelyn Deshane on how to get into the Canadian speculative fiction scene. Continue reading this month's newsletter. Issue , released in March , contains four pieces of prose, thirty poems, and eight reviews.
The collection of writers is diverse in both style and level of literary recognition, but the work in all forms is outstanding. We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Malahat 's Novella contest! The winner, as chosen by contest judges Jacqueline Baker , Eliza Robertson , and Richard Van Camp , will be announced by April 4 on our website and social media pages. In this month's Publishing Tip , Evelyn Deshane has five tips to help you find your way into the Canadian speculative fiction scene. In order for writers of speculative fiction to receive grants, awards, publications, and gather an audience, they must become fluent in both US and Canadian markets, customs, and cultures, in addition to being good writers.
It means, like so many supernatural creatures, being able to navigate two distinct worlds while also being adaptable. Her alcoholic husband is AWOL, and she feels the pity of the other hockey parents as she tries to be what she thinks her son needs. Be sure to attend a special reading of the finalists on March 8 at the downtown Greater Victoria Public Library! See the full announcement page for judge comments and event details. First, Crispin Elsted, cofounder of Barbarian Press, welcomes us with six poems in riddle form, drawing inspiration and subject matter from the Exeter Book. These riddles set the tone for the following poems and the novella, where the playful exposes the profound and, in the novella in particular, the humorous can reveal or mask something more sinister.
In creative nonfiction: Gena Ellett pictured for her essay, "Heaven". RM: The rural setting of Iceland plays and important role in your story. Can you talk a little about how place factors into your writing? Iceland has many beautiful features, but the barren interior plateau is desolate and the lava fields stark. My response to the landscape—its bleakness—was the root of the story. Sign up for Malahat lite to read an interview with her in our upcoming March e-newsletter. Be sure to get your tickets for our annual literary festival, WordsThaw , which returns March in Victoria, B.
All welcome—admission is free! In this month's Publishing Tip , Roy Miller summarizes what you need for a winning book proposal. Sure, a good manuscript helps, but if you have a weak or worse off, no proposal, that manuscript might end up untouched by the people you need to see it most. Barbara Pelman poetry , Jann Everard fiction , B. Markus creative nonfiction; pictured.
JB: For readers who may not know who Antonio Gramsci is, can you provide us with a thumbnail sketch of his life? AP: Antonio Gramsci was the leader of the Communist Party in Italy during the early twenties, during the years that Fascism rose and Mussolini took power. He was jailed in ; at his trial, the judge famously said "For twenty years we must stop this brain from functioning.
Check out Roy Miller 's Publishing Tip , "Proposals: Pitch with Purpose," for six essential elements to help you build a successful book proposal. Guest editors Betsy Warland , Ali Blythe , and Trevor Corkum are interested in submissions from poets, short-story, and creative-nonfiction authors. The deadline for our Novella Prize contest has been extended to February 5! Read interviews with judges Richard Van Camp , Jacqueline Baker , and Eliza Robertson to see what they're looking for in a winning entry. Constance Rooke, Derk Wynand, and Marlene Cookshaw put their individual marks on the magazine, but in many ways, they had the same idea about what Malahat was and Marlene was a consistent presence through all of those years.
Friday, February 2, at pm doors at Read more about Bird-Wilson and Lowther's reading here. Roseanne S. Are you an emerging writer in Greater Victoria? CH-W: What made you choose a peony specifically as opposed to a different flower? What makes the peony an important symbol for you?
The flower centre is a stellar pink. Later in the season, when the seed pods open, there are two vivid colours of seeds: the fuchsia ones, slightly smaller and a little wrinkled, are aborted, and will never germinate; but the bright indigo ones are viable. The fuchsia seeds are possibly a decoy for seed predators birds or insects — their brighter colour is attractive but they are not nutritious, so if the predator tastes then rejects them they might not try the indigo ones, which are interspersed among the fuchsia.
To celebrate The Malahat Review 's fiftieth year, then-editor John Barton and assistant editor Rhonda Batchelor teamed up with the University of Victoria's library to publish a monograph about the literary journal that has shaped and been shaped by Canada's literary community since The monograph was unveiled on January 25, , and has now been made available to read for free as an open access PDF. Read our full announcement here. For more than a decade, The Malahat Review has invited promising students enrolled in UVic's Department of Writing to sit on the editorial board.
Past and present interns will read from their own poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Celebrate their energy and accomplishment. Readings by : Serena Bhandar , Levi F. Read more about The Right Stuff reading here. New year, new writing resolutions! Polish up your 10, to 20, word story for our Novella Prize contest and send it to us by February 1, Join us for The Right Stuff , a reading featuring past and present Malahat interns on January 18 at p. Admission is free!
You're proving that lightning not only strikes twice, but three, four, five times. For the aspiring writers out there: how do you do it? Answer: hell if I know. I don't count. If I counted rejections I probably wouldn't be here. So to aspiring writers out there: don't count your rejections.
Try to learn from them, if you're feeling level-headed that day. If you're feeling fed up, go kickboxing, or print the "we regret to inform you" email and torch it elaborately under a new moon. Or maybe there's nothing to learn this time. In that case: forget it.
Keep going. Remember rejections stick with you longer than wins do. For me, anyway. The Novella Prize contest occurs biennially, so if you missed it in , now's your chance! In this month's Publishing Tip , Erika Dreifus outlines four helpful features to help you decide whether to hit "subscribe" or not. Sometimes, it can seem repetitive, with one source's newsletter or list blending blandly into the next. Sometimes, you can spend so much time perusing every available resource that your actual writing time is shortchanged.
Soak up the December sunshine with our latest newsletter! Our WordsThaw Prize contest for Victoria writers is open for entries! Each entrant also receives a free WordsThaw pass and a one-year subscription. Deadline is January 20, Our Novella Prize contest is also open for submissions. Polish up your 10, to 20, word novella and send it to us by February 1, Our Holiday subscription deal is back!
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The cover image of Issue of The Malahat Review seems to embody what it means to be a poet and writer. The image , the combined efforts of Manitoba artists Aganetha Dyck sculptor and William Eakin photographer depicts a honeybee working on a line of poetry by Di Brandt. Dyck, well known for her work with honeybees, offers a provocative look at what emerges by introducing various objects into the hive and allowing the bees to build their honeycombs on them. The result is sweet, indeed. Treat your friends, family, or yourself to The Malahat Review this holiday season!
Buy a discounted subscription today for yourself or a loved one. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon poetry extravaganza in celebration of the tenth-anniversary edition of the Best Canadian Poetry in English series. Come listen to a rich sampling of poems by local contributors. Leedahl , and Patricia Young. The delight in reading back issues of The Malahat is the discovery of so many authors new to me or finding early work by those I have come to admire over the years. These sorts of things open the floodgates on memory, and then, as you write, you discover all kinds of things coming back—even actual things that were said.
If you can recall just a fragment of a dream and write it down, the rest of the dream frequently returns. Despite the changes in the world over the past forty years, there is something comforting about looking back at a issue of Malahat to see that the essence of it—finding good writing and making it public—is as it always was. Come celebrate The Malahat Review 's first 50 years!
Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. Curl up by the fire with our latest newsletter! The Open Season Awards deadline has been extended! Take advantage of the extra few days and submit your poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to us by November 5 at midnight, PST. Last chance for our Autumn subscription campaign!
Offer expires November Do you live in Victoria, B. If you need some last minute advice, read interviews with this year's contest judges on what they look for in a winning entry. The winter issue embraces poetry and fiction alike, broadly exploring themes such as human interaction, relationships, nostalgia, and experience. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by Abby Neufeld.
Her entry, "Flaubert's Hummingbirds," was chosen by final judge Brian Brett from over entries. Check out the full announcement page for Nancy Holmes's win. LW: With music being such an integral part of the story, and talking about the rhythm to the story, are there any particular songs or symphonies that you listened to while writing?
So I did transcribe music that felt relevant to the setting. I also found myself putting in hints of Mozart and Beethoven, I think because those turn of the century composers had a very strong grasp of conflict in their music. Especially what Mozart does in his requiem, his last piece of music from on his deathbed. The winner, as chosen by contest judge Brian Brett , will be announced by October 25 on our website and social media pages.
The fall issue is thick with poetry, rich with poetry, greedy with poetry, gluttonous, swinish, gormandized with poetry. Travis Lane, and Iain Higgins. In this month's Publishing Tip , Robin Richardson gives us straightforward answers about what editors want to see in your bio and submission letters. It is very important that you use this opportunity to make an impactful and professional impression. A strong bio is simple, to the point, and leads with core points of your career.
List your past publications first, followed by your MFA and awards, if applicable. Finish off with where you currently live. Your bio should be easy to read, unembellished, and concise. Do not list your hobbies. Avoid being clever, cute, arrogant or modest.
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No one needs you to tell them what kind of writer you are. Your work will do that. Fall is here to stay in our latest newsletter! This month's Malahat lite features interviews with Issue contributors Kate Kennedy pictured on her poem, and Brock Zawila on his short story. Robin Richardson walks us through what not to include in submission letters to editors in her Publishing Tip. Don't miss our Autumn subscription campaign! The Open Season Awards deadline is fast approaching.
Submit your poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to us by November 1. Since , as an anchor of Victoria writing, we've had the good fortune to launch and sustain the reputations of many Victoria writers by publishing their work at all stages of their careers. This autumn, we celebrate 50 years of The Malahat Review! See the full table of contents for the Malahat 's th issue. FTL: I love how you name the specific trees, other plants, and the birds in your piece, conveying a sense of abundance, variety and biodiversity.
How did you learn about the names of trees and plants, and how was naming and listing essential to this piece? RF: A great disappointment to myself, I've never been one of those people who knows or remembers the names for birds, plants, flowers So the catalogue of names in this piece is both a memory exercise for me and a learning exercise.
I grew up in the garden place described, and, to be fair, was always aware that there was a great deal going on, per square foot, in that landscape… but I wasn't especially well informed about its particulars. I've been really interested, for a long time, in how rich and diverse that border land between the domestic and the wild can be—where things have been attended to, even cherished, but also "let go" over time.
With the image of a humble cookie-tin lid on the cover of issue , Canadian photographer William Eakin seems to invite and even challenge readers to question what they see as valuable and meaningful in this life, a theme that weaves its way through this rich collection of short stories and poems. In this month's newsletter, we're featuring interviews with the Open Season Contest judges to get you motivated to submit your entries.
Evelyn Lau pictured , Carleigh Baker , and Betsy Warland each discuss their respective genres poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Autumn subscription campaign is here! Send the kids back to school and snuggle into reading this fall with The Malahat Review! If you're a full-time student at UVic this year and in need of work, look no further! We're hiring a Marketing and Promotions Assistant to help our Publicity Manager with advertising, social media, contest promotion, and more.
Students are allotted a maximum of hours over the September to April period. Have you ever gone back to your old stomping grounds, only to realize that everything has changed since your last visit? Now you are merely something for a deer to avoid. Summer is coming to an end, and so is this great deal! This can be a new subscription, a renewal of a current one, or a gift to friends or family members. And we'll ship to anywhere in the world! Buy a one-year subscription today for yourself or a friend. In this month's Publishing Tip , Alicia Elliott provides a helpful outline for aspiring writers who might not have taken an MFA program but would like to further their writing and publishing skills.
However, that's not always a possibility for those who don't have the access or opportunity. Maybe you aren't financially able to move to the cities that offer these programs; maybe you can't leave home due to family obligations; maybe professional commitments are in your way. Or maybe, like me, you got rejected from every MFA program you applied to and, dreams momentarily shattered, you accepted your need to take a lowly barista job at Starbucks to pay the bills.
In "Food for Nought," Shashi Bhat recounts the story of Nina, a high-school teacher who jumps to the wrong conclusion about the motivation behind a poem a student submits to her creative-writing class. Interview conducted by Malahat editor, John Barton. JB: At the close of "Food for Nought," Nina, a high-school English teacher and the story's often droll narrator, reveals that she will eventually leave teaching because "it feels like a job for somebody both more and less human than I am.
SB: By the end of the story, Nina regrets her glibness, and realizes her teaching approach lacked empathy. She's uncomfortable having this much responsibility over vulnerable and mercurial teenagers, and as a result, she approaches the class in a shallow and cautious way. I imagine she's only been teaching a couple of years, and is thinking about what the students are thinking about her, instead of thinking deeply about the workshop poem they're discussing.
She's not engaging in the discussion so much as she's trying to get through the class period without making a mistake. Interviews: Summer issue contributors J. Mark Smith pictured and Shashi Bhat talk about their recent poetry and short fiction, respectively. Publishing Tip : If you never completed an MFA program but want to fine tune your skills as a writer, this month's tip is for you. Written by Alicia Elliott , the article offers great hints on reading, critiquing, submitting, and more. Open Season Awards : This year's contest is now open for submissions! The relatively high number of contributors to this issue is largely due to the many poets represented, often with a single poem each.
For me, however, it is the short fiction that completely captivated my attention and left me thinking on these stories long after. Read more. Need more time to enter this year's contest? Writers of creative nonfiction are encouraged to send us submissions between 2, to 3, words. This year's judge is Brian Brett. Read all the prize details on the CNF Contest entry page.
Good news! After requests to post the contents of Issue Indigenous Perspectives online, we are happy to announce that many of the published poems, short stories, and memoirs from the issue are free to read online! We hope this will make the authors' work available to readers—especially Indigenous readers—who live in remote places, far from bookstores and libraries, and that it will provide an affordable option for anyone who might otherwise not be able to read the important work it contains.
Start reading poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from the issue! Mark Smith and Susan Olding and reviews of books by M. I am one of those people who believe that writing can be taught. In any of those classes there is, sometimes, a student that just shines. The story makes clear that she is one of those brighter lights. Her entry, "Faster Horses," was chosen by final judge Steven Price from close to entries. Check out the full announcement page for Katherin Edwards' win.
The winner, as chosen by contest judge Steven Price , will be announced by July 17 on our website and social media pages. Be in the know with the July edition of Malahat lite! Interviews: Spring issue contributor Curtis LeBlanc and forthcoming Summer issue contributor Lenea Grace both talk poetry and poetics with Malahat staff. Offer good for new subscriptions or renewals, to anywhere in the world. Don't forget about our extra prizes mentorship with Liz Harmer , and book prize pack! In this issue, poetry by writers who were, or who have come to be, important figures in the Canadian writing landscape sit alongside fresh fiction by emerging voices.
Pain Not Bread were winners of the Malahat Long Poem Prize for this work, and here we have six poems from the piece, with a brief introductory note giving context. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by Micaela Maftei. You've written your masterpiece. What are the next steps to market it? In this month's Publishing Tip, Doretta Lau presents six essential ways to taking your writing—and your writer profile—to the next level. She is also launching a pop culture website, The Unpublishables.
Interview conducted by Malahat poetry intern, Celina Silva. CS: In your poem "The Applicant," the lines seem to hurl themselves onto the page and are quite epiphanic. As a response to the poem by Plath with the same title, how does your revision process work to achieve the same energy as your own version? SQ: I'm glad you describe the poem in physical terms because I always want them to feel alive, moving and still becoming something after they are published. That has been difficult to achieve in this work because some of these poems feel like old thorns. Well, actually more than thorns, there is a certain amount of coming to terms with the many possible trajectories my life has had.
I have two versions of "The Applicant" that I hope to include in the book—I haven't had final edits so we'll see what stays in. Both versions respond to the essence of the Plath poem as I read it: Are you are a sort? Will you fit in? Can we count on your silence? This issue features a balance of poetry and prose. As the game progresses, it becomes clear the granddaughter is taking refuge with her grandmother after a family upheaval—her father has left her mother for a handsome younger man, and neither parent is currently fit to care for her.
Givner has a way of exposing a bit of information while hiding the rest, so that the end of the story leaves us in the same in-between world as the granddaughter. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by L'Amour Lisik. This year, we're offering two extra incentives to enter : first, writers can enter by an early date of July 15 for a chance at a mentorship with Liz Harmer ; second, all contest entrants will be included in a book-prize draw to win five nonfiction books!
The summer is just around the corner, and here at the Malahat , that means great deals for our subscribers! This issue—the last under his editorship—also marks a sort of independence for the magazine. This month's newsletter has Spring issue contributor interviews, a new publishing tip, call for submissions to our CNF Contest, and more! Interviews: Sina Queyras and Christine Lowther , both contributors to the Spring issue, discuss their poetry and creative nonfiction, respectively. Publishing Tip : this month, Vancouver-area writer Doretta Lau shares six essential tips to maximize your marketing efforts in publishing!
Think you have what it takes? Continue reading this month's newsletter for more details. Elliott's essay was originally published in Issue , Indigenous Perspectives , as chosen by creative nonfiction editor, Leanne Simpson. Alicia Elliott's full essay is available to read on the NMA website. This scarce issue contains a remarkable gathering of poetry. A quick glance at the table of contents reveals many familiar names. Linger over Mehdi M. Drew Hayden Taylor has been experimenting with literary hybrids for a long time. Skelton died in August , shortly before the publication of this issue.
Malahat volunteer James Kendrick interviews one of the two Long Poem Prize winners, John Wall Barger , on how setting, political turmoil, and the Tao Te Ching all play a part in his winning poem, "Smog Mother," to be published in the Summer issue. JK: I've read online that you've lived in and travelled to many different places. JWB: I suppose you could call it a lyrical travelogue, but I don't really think of it that way myself. I think if a poem is good it's good on its own merits and not because of the subject matter.
It's dangerous for artists to lean on their material. It's always what you do with it. For example, I've been living in Dharamsala in the Himalayas for a while and trying to write about it. But I think the reader can smell it in my poems if I think it's impressive or neat to be living in the Himalayas, including lots of quaint local words which I just googled and forced into the mix, to borrow some kind of exoticism.
Where a poem is set doesn't really matter, and in fact can distract from the real work of the language. Settle into Spring with our latest newsletter! Their winning poems will be available to read in the Summer issue. Spring issue contributor Mehdi M. Kashani pictured talks with Malahat editor John Barton about his story, "Dayi," on infidelity and immigration to Vancouver.
The winners from all nominated magazines and categories will be announced on May 26 at a special gala in Toronto! Recently, Malahat publicity manager PJ Grace spoke with the contest judge, Steven Price , about what he's looking for in a winning story. Give it a read, follow his advice SP: Hm. What would a "safe" topic be? I think everything depends on the writer, which is to say, on how a thing is written. All excellent fiction leads into the unknown, the strange, the luminous - even if it appears to be about the most mundane, the most familiar aspects of a life.
A story about a toothache could terrify. A story about a serial killer could bore a reader stiff. I do think emerging writers are often fearless. I suspect Berryman was acknowledging the uneasiness we feel when writing our way into a place we can't see the end of, when we realize what was solid has started to give way, and we can only trust to the dark. It is an unusual and interesting blend of story and essay, part autobiography and part cultural criticism.
The piece follows the author as he embarks on a footrace against costumed opponents, and as he reflects on the state of contemporary thought. In this article, she discusses the difficulties of launching a new literary magazine in today's market, and the contradictory level of support from unknown audiences on the Canadian literary landscape.
See the full announcement page for judges' comments and winner bios. The April newsletter is chock-full of contest goodies and announcements, previews of our Spring issue , and more! Read it to see what he'll be looking for in submissions! We recently announced the finalists for the Long Poem Prize , and winners of our annual Founders' Awards. Congratulations to everyone on both lists! And check out the latest Publishing Tip from Cede Poetry founder, Tara Wohlberg , on the struggles of launching an online poetry magazine in today's tough literary market.
Two winners will be announced by end of next week. See who the seven finalists are on our special announcement page. Page—who has made, or continues to make, significant contributions in the genre or genre In creative nonfiction: Kelly Bouchard for his essay, "Women and Children". We at the Malahat would like to take this opportunity to thank the authors, sponsors, organizations, and especially our readers and participants who made the event everything that it was. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
See the WordsThaw website for more news and tidbits leading up to the festival. The winners of our Open Season Awards were announced earlier this year, and we featured interviews with them in the March edition of Malahat lite! Here's a spotlight interview with poetry winner Genevieve Lehr , as conducted by Kate Kennedy. To read interviews with the other winners Rebecca Morris in fiction, Matthew Hollett in creative nonfiction , see the Open Season Awards announcement page for GL: This poem is just that.
So, there they were on the doorstep, and my reaction was fear. Then, as I sat looking at them wondering what to do, I remembered a friend telling me how sensitive and shy they are. I turned my attention to my hands sitting on my lap and the poem arrived out of that time in the past where a shy, sensitive child was shamed for having dirty hands. The tarantulas arrived as mysteriously as the poem did from a deep, unseen, world. A gift.
Barbara Lambert's novella, "A Message for Mr. Lazarus" takes up over half of the pages of this issue. What literary magazine does that? Well, The Malahat Review does, obviously. Because "Mr. Lazarus" was the winner of the Novella Prize Lambert was also a finalist in Malahat's first novella contest. The prize itself separates us from some other literary magazines simply because we have, through this contest and its biennial counterpart, the Long Poem Prize, asserted the importance of these two slightly unwieldy forms too short to be a book on their own, but too long for most quarterlies.
Deadline May 1. Click here for full contest submission and payment details. Was the story born with this notion in mind? And there is almost always one signifier of Indigeneity in each one, a signifier that worked to transform white settlers into beings with a genealogy, it takes a prehuman to make a posthuman, no? March's newsletter continues our celebration of the Indigenous Perspectives Issue , published in January. Featured interviews include Joshua Whitehead on his story, "Jonny Appleseed," and Louise Bernice Halfe on her contribution of four poems to the issue.
This is one festival you don't want to miss! An issue containing an interview is always a pleasure, not only for the insights offered by the subject of the interview but also for getting a sense of the time in which the interview took place. Be sure to attend a special reading of the finalists on March 9 at the downtown Greater Victoria Public Library! Finalists will read their selected piece, and Janet Rogers will announce the winner in each category. The Malahat Review 's annual literary festival line-up of authors is now complete!
For the fifth time, The Malahat Review brings readers and writers together at the University of Victoria in March, and this year we are celebrating Indigenous Perspectives. Full event and ticket information available on the WordsThaw website. Continue reading about this week's featured issue write-up by Chloe Hogan-Weihmann. In her creative nonfiction piece, "Caribou People," Siku Allooloo describes the distress and resolve that Indigenous people living in the north feel as climate change and resource extraction threaten to overwhelm their land and way of life.
Interview with Malahat editor, John Barton. JB: You convincingly expose how wealth, even today, is colonialism's ultimate goal. How would you define "wealth"—material or otherwise—from an Inuit perspective? SA: From my own little view as an Inuk woman and Dene family member, I would say wealth is being able to exist in full expression of who we are without threat of harm or domination. It is being nourished by our ancestral foods and medicines and cultures.
Wealth is intimacy and wellness in relationships, autonomy, being able to grow more deeply in connection to the land and to this life through our practices and knowledge systems. It is being able to come back together and to invest future generations with vitality, belonging and strength, to know that they have everything they need to flourish and follow a good path on this earth. Wealth is generosity, respect, knowing your place in the world, and taking care of one another.
February's newsletter celebrates the Indigenous Perspectives Issue , highlighting recent interviews with contributors Siku Allooloo and Lisa Bird-Wilson. Contest goodies include a call for emerging fiction writers to submit works to the Far Horizons Award , held every two years in search of the best short story by a new writer.
Entrants cannot have published a collection of work, but publication in literary magazines is acceptable! We encourage all local literary enthusiasts to take part in four days of readings, panel discussions, workshops, and one-on-one writing critiques with writers from coast to coast.
This is an issue neatly divided into two parts. The first half of the journal is devoted to the winning entry in the first-ever Malahat Novella Prize. This prize still runs, alternating years with the Long Poem Prize. The winning piece is an accomplished, assured work of fiction from Sorayya Khan that unfolds in a tightly controlled and deeply emotional way.
Extend your poetics! Entry fee gets you a year's worth of Malahat issues! Read interview with each of the judges! Registration is now open for the WordsThaw Writers Festival! For a full list of events and to register, see the WordsThaw website. We're pleased to announce the finalists for the Open Season Awards! The winners in each category poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction , as chosen by contest judges Sina Queyras , Jaspreet Singh , and Molly Peacock , respectively, will be announced by February 3. See the list of the Open Season Contest finalists here.
We're extending the deadline to the inaugural WordsThaw Prize! An intense poem of a novel. Quite wonderful writing. Do check it out if you can. An absurd, delightful novel about a Polish immigrant in Los Angeles who schemes to reinvent herself in order to gain access to the Twin Palms nightclub. Although frequently challenged for its depiction of gang violence and youth drinking, The Outsiders is in fact a classic morality tale wrapped up in '60s street gang culture. This story of an ageing, down-on-his luck fisherman fighting to reel in the catch of a lifetime won Papa a Pulitzer.
Some love it, some don't. A must-read either way. This multi-award-winning young-adult novel deals with the trauma caused by rape, and the difficulty victims often have in reporting and talking about sexual assault. It changed my life and made me see beyond the safety of my world. Nick Carraway encounters reclusive billionaire Jay Gatsby at a party. Jazz ensues. The aftermath of a gang rape on a young mother is explored in a searing indictment of rape culture and the lack of justice, care, and understanding for victims.
Finished "Rape, a love story" by Joyce Carol Oates. A punch to the gut. When you get your breath back, you realize, you needed that punch. A seasoned English journalist in Vietnam watches as a young American turns good intentions into bad policy and bloodshed in this powerful anti-war allegory. Helena Fitzgerald helfitzgerald Follow finished 'the passion. The classic fable of a seagull who wants more. Unwilling to conform to the norms of his flock, Jonathan goes in search of a higher purpose to life.
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A novel in verse, Autobiography of Red gives voice to a minor character in Greek mythology, updating his story to the present day. There are those who love it and those who haven't read it. Be the former. Her sentences are tattooed on my brain. Rereading The Mezzanine for the 3rd time -- it explains so much about our times. Anyone know how to contact Nicholson Baker? Alexis C. Madrigal alexismadrigal Follow Rereading The Mezzanine for the 3rd time -- it explains so much about our times.
A horror novel following the 12th expedition into the uncharted Area X. Any guesses what happened to the previous 11 expeditions? Nope, weirder than that. The story of Sam, a boy who runs away from home to live in the Catskill mountains, where he befriends a peregrine falcon he names Frightful. Written when Toole was just 16, but not published until after his death. Well worth a read for fans of his A Confederacy of Dunces. An experimental novel that defies literary convention and category, this mix of fiction, critique, memoir, confession, and essay demands to be experienced.
Best novel I've read in such a long time. An ageing journalist requests a virgin prostitute for his 90th birthday, but instead of sex, he finds love for the first time. A darkly comic novella in which the narrator tells her unborn daughter the story of how she came to be. A romantic comedy with the emphasis on comedy, not romance. A woman assigned to deal with the estate of an old flame finds herself in the middle of a secret war between two mail distributors in Pynchon's satirical novel.
In s Saigon, a young French girl enters into a passionate affair with the son of a wealthy Chinese family that threatens to tear their families apart. The narrator befriends a young New York society girl, Holly Golightly, who relays tales of her dates with wealthy men, and finds himself entranced by her.
Ethan Frome struggles to tend to his farm and his wife — then her beautiful cousin comes to stay. In a reverse narrative, the protagonist moves backwards from death towards the story's beginning and his role in one of the most horrific events in recent history. A witty and searing indictment of the '70s New York literary scene, in which a poet observes her peers at a writer's colony upstate. Emily Freyer emfreyer Follow Excited doesn't begin to cover it.
An essay in narrative form, arguing against the treatment of women both as fictional characters and as writers of fiction in a male-dominated literary world. An alcoholic bartender in Los Angeles observes the lonely, broken, and grotesque characters who populate his bar, among whom he may be the most broken. Brutal yet brilliant and visceral. I loved it. Ranjit qtfan Follow Patrick deWitt's Ablutions is an astonishing first novel with a second person narrative. This list isn't exhaustive.