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Our Back Pages:
Issue #133, December 2000

Issue #133With the image of a humble cookie-tin lid on the cover of issue #133, 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.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Robin Reniero).


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Malahat lite: September 2017 Edition

Evelyn Lau Back to school, back to work... back to writing!

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). Prize money is now $6,000!

Far Horizons Award winner Katherin Edwards and Summer issue contributor Robert Finley are also featured in this newsletter with in-depth Q&As!

Autumn subscription campaign is here! Just $12 for a year's worth of Malahat.

Read all the details in this month's newsletter.


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Fall subscriptionSend the kids back to school and snuggle into reading this fall with The Malahat Review!

Subscribe to our magazine for only $12, and you'll get a year's worth of Malahat issues starting with the 50th Anniversary Victoria Issue, to be mailed in late October.

This is one deal you don't want to miss out on!

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Opportunities

Work Study Position Open to UVic Students: Marketing / Promotions Assistant

Work studyIf 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.

Rate of pay is $12/hour plus 4% vacation pay. Students are allotted a maximum of 100 hours over the September 2017 to April 2018 period.

See the full job description here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #132, Summer 2000

Issue #132Have you ever gone back to your old stomping grounds, only to realize that everything has changed since your last visit? In the first of four poems by Karen Solie in this issue, the author muses how, “decades ago, camping here with family, sweetgrass / and the book of stars seemed a gracious guide / to being in the world. Now you are merely something for a deer to avoid.” Her other poems, which are titled “Thanksgiving,” “Early in Winter,” and “Real Life,” echo the same nostalgia that comes from moments one often takes for granted.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Olivia Lavallée).


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Last Chance! One-Year Subscriptions for $15

Summer Sub IconSummer is coming to an end, and so is this great deal!

Until September 4, get a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for just $15. 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!

Regular subscriptions cost between $35 and $45, so consider this $15 deal a steal!

Buy a one-year subscription today for yourself or a friend.


Contests

Open Season Awards: Prize Money Now $6000

Open Season ContestWe've increased the prize money for each Open Season Award genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) from $1500 CAD to $2000, for a total of $6000 to be given away this year!

What's more, we've lowered the "additional entry" fee from $15 to $10 for all genres!

This year's contest judges are Evelyn Lau (poetry), Carleigh Baker (fiction), and Betsy Warland (creative nonfiction).

Submit your Open Season Award entry today!


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #131, Summer 2000

Issue #131The entire first half of this issue is filled by the winner of Malahat’s Novella Prize, which means that 12.5% of the year’s Malahat page quota for fiction and poetry is this one story. “The Deep,” by Mary Swan, was later published by Porcupine’s Quill, Granta in the UK, and by Random House in the U.S. Your question here should be, “Is it worth it?” and my answer for you is, “Well, yes it is.”

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


Publishing Tips

Building Your Own MFA Program

Alicia ElliottIn 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.

"From an outside perspective it definitely seems like if you want to move ahead in the Canadian literary industry, the best way to do so is to go through an MFA program. 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."

Read the rest of Alicia Elliott's Publishing Tip here.


Interviews

Interview with Shashi Bhat, Fiction Contributor to Issue #199, Summer 2017

Shashi BhatIn "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." What is it about her that makes her feel unequal to the job?

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.  

Read the full interview here.


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Malahat lite: August 2017 Edition

J Mark SmithWe're all about summer in this month's newsletter!

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! We offer $1,500 in each category of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. This year's judges are Evelyn Lau (poetry), Carleigh Baker (fiction), and Betsy Warland (CNF).

Continue reading this month's newsletter!


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #130, Spring 2000

Issue #130The relatively high number of contributors to this issue is largely due to the many poets represented, often with a single poem each. They are fine poets, and fine poems, and I’ll address some of them further on in this review. For me, however, it is the short fiction that completely captivated my attention and left me thinking on these stories long after. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rhonda Batchelor).


Contests

Deadline EXTENDED for 2017 CNF Prize!

CNF ContestNeed more time to enter this year's contest? Don't worry, we've just extended the deadline until Friday, August 4 at midnight (PST)!

Writers of creative nonfiction are encouraged to send us submissions between 2,000 to 3,000 words. One winner will take home the $1,000 prize! This year's judge is Brian Brett.

Read all the prize details on the CNF Contest entry page.


Issues

Indigenous Perspectives Content Free to Read

Issue #197Good news! After requests to post the contents of Issue #197: 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!


Issues

New Summer Issue Is Here!

Issue #199Begin your beach reading with Long Poem Prize winners: John Wall Barger travels to Bangkok in "Smog Mother," and Délani Valin evokes Métis experience in "No Buffalos." After applying sunblock, lounge on Mark Jacquemain's "Island"; find shade under Robert Finley's "The Beech Tree" or in Sadiqa de Meijer's "City, Lake"; fish for memories in Gena Ellett's "Heaven"; peel potatoes in Adrick Brock's "The Bull Cook";  feed on poems in Shashi Bhat's "Food for Nought." Cool down with poems by J. Mark Smith and Susan Olding and reviews of books by M. Travis Lane, Jen Sookfong Lee, and Simon Roy.

See the full contents list for the Summer issue, with interviews and book reviews.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #129, December 1999

Issue #129I am one of those people who believe that writing can be taught. There are hundreds of thousands of students taking creative writing classes in academic institutions all over the world, and though we know that they won’t all go on to win the Nobel Prize, they develop communication skills that will be, at least, useful in this communication-oriented world. In any of those classes there is, sometimes, a student that just shines. The last story in this issue is “Alchemy,” written by then twenty-five year old UBC student Madeleine Thien. The story makes clear that she is one of those brighter lights. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


News

2017 Far Horizons Short Fiction Award Winner

Katherin Edwards The Malahat Review congratulates Katherin Edwards as this year's Far Horizons Short Fiction Award winner!

Her entry, "Faster Horses," was chosen by final judge Steven Price from close to 200 entries.

The award comes with a $1,000 prize and publication in the Winter 2017 issue.

(Photo credit: Donna Kane)

Check out the full announcement page for Katherin Edwards' win.


News

Three Malahat Authors Make 2017 Journey Prize Longlist

JP 2017 On July 14, the longlist was announced for the $10,000 Journey Prize from the Writers' Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart, and we are very excited to have THREE stories included in the anthology!

Please join us in congratulating our authors:

Darlene Naponse from Naughton, ON for "She Is Water" (Issue #197 Indigenous Perspectives, Winter 2017)
Maria Reva from Vancouver, BC for "Subject Winifred" (Issue #194, Spring 2016)
Jack Wang from Vancouver, BC for "The Nature Of Things" (Issue #196, Autumn 2016)

Full list of longlisted authors and journals available on the Writers' Trust website


News

Finalists Chosen for 2017 Far Horizons Award

FH Contest

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the Malahat's Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction!

The winner, as chosen by contest judge Steven Price, will be announced by July 17 on our website and social media pages. Who will win the $1,000 grand prize and publication?

See who the contest finalists are!


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: July 2017 Edition

Lenea GraceBe 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.

Summer Campaign: Until September, you can purchase a discounted one-year subscription for only $15! Offer good for new subscriptions or renewals, to anywhere in the world.

CNF Contest: The August 1 deadline is closing in to submit your best nonfiction piece for the $1,000 prize. Don't forget about our extra prizes (mentorship with Liz Harmer, and book prize pack)!

Continue reading this month's newsletter!


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #126, Spring 1999

Issue #126In 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. The writing group Pain Not Bread, made up of Roo Borso, Kim Maltman, and Andy Patton, contribute six poems taken from Introduction to the Introduction to Wang Wei. Pain Not Bread were winners of the 1993 Malahat Long Poem Prize for this work, and here we have six poems from the piece, with a brief introductory note giving context. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Micaela Maftei).


Publishing Tips

Six Ways to Maximize Your Marketing Efforts in Publishing

Doretta LauYou'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.

Doretta Lau (@dorettalau) is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?. She splits her time between Hong Kong and Vancouver, where she’s working on a comic novel about a dysfunctional workplace. She is also launching a pop culture website, The Unpublishables.

Read Doretta Lau's Publishing Tip here.


Interviews

Interview with Sina Queyras, Poetry Contributor to Issue #198, Spring 2017

Sina QueyrasIn "The Applicant" and "Stings," both appearing in The Malahat Review's Spring 2017 issue, Montreal author Sina Queyras dares to re-imagine poems with the same titles by the iconic, mid-twentieth-century poet, Sylvia Plath. Queyras' "re-writes" are drawn from My Ariel, forthcoming from Coach House Books later this year. 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?

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #124, September 1998

Issue #124This issue features a balance of poetry and prose. “Permissible Words,” the opening story by Joan Givner, centress on a game of Scrabble between a grandmother and granddaughter. 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. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by L'Amour Lisik).


Contests

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest: $1,000 Prize, and Extra Incentives to Enter!

CNF ContestThe Malahat is accepting submissions for its annual Creative Nonfiction Prize until August 1!

Writers of creative nonfiction are encouraged to send us submissions between 2,000 to 3,000 words. One winner will take home the $1,000 prize! This year's judge is Brian Brett.

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!

Read all the prize details on the CNF Contest entry page.


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Summer Subscription Sale is Back! $15 Deal

Summer Sub IconThe summer is just around the corner, and here at the Malahat, that means great deals for our subscribers!

Until September, you can get a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for just $15. 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!

Regular subscriptions cost between $35 and $45, so consider this $15 deal a steal!

Buy a one-year subscription today for yourself or a friend.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #123, Summer 1998

Issue #123Derk Wynand taught in the University of Victoria’s Writing Department from 1969 to 2004 and had a long association with The Malahat Review. In 1979, he guest-edited a special issue (#37 January 1979) on “Austrian Writing Today” and in the 1990s he was editor of the magazine for six years. This issue—the last under his editorship—also marks a sort of independence for the magazine. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: June 2017 Edition

Christine LowtherThis 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!

Contest: Our annual Creative Nonfiction Prize is open for submissions until August 1. Think you have what it takes? Send us your best truths and you could win $1,000!

Continue reading this month's newsletter for more details.


News

Alicia Elliott Wins Gold in the Essays Category at National Magazine Awards

Alicia ElliottThe Malahat Review is pleased to congratulate Alicia Elliott, whose piece, "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground," won a Gold National Magazine Award in the Essays category!

Elliott's essay was originally published in Issue #197, Indigenous Perspectives, as chosen by creative nonfiction editor, Leanne Simpson.

Three other Malahat writers were nominated for a National Magazine Award: Lindsay Nixon, Elyse Friedman, and George Elliott Clarke.

Alicia Elliott's full essay is available to read on the NMA website.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #122, Spring 1998

Issue #122This scarce issue contains a remarkable gathering of poetry. A quick glance at the table of contents reveals many familiar names. Malahat’s current editor, John Barton, who was, back then, co-editor of Arc, has two poems here; Susan Glickman also contributes two poems. David Zieroth’s four poems are perfect examples of his brand of close observation in a deceptively simple, yet dream-like, narrative style. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rhonda Batchelor).


Issues

Spring Issue #198 Now Available!

Issue #198The Malahat Review’s current issue celebrates Open Season Award winners Genevieve Lehr (poetry), Rebecca Morris (fiction), and Matthew Hollett (creative nonfiction). Linger over Mehdi M. Kashani’s story set in Tehran, about infidelity and immigration to Vancouver; LaToya Watkins’ memoir about giving her son keys to the car in a racialized America; and Eve Joseph’s poetic take on photographer Diane Arbus. Move on to new work by Heather Cadsby, Bill Gaston, Christopher Levenson, Christine Lowther, and Sina Queyras, and by new voices Hannah Green, Joshua Levy, Jason Markowsky, and Emily Skov-Nielsen.

See the full table of contents for Issue #198, Spring 2017.


Book Reviews

Review of Drew Hayden Taylor's
Take Us to Your Chief

Take Us to Your ChiefDrew Hayden Taylor has been experimenting with literary hybrids for a long time. “Perhaps it goes all the way back to my dna,” he writes in the foreword to Take Us to Your Chief, “I’m half Ojibway and half…not.” Throughout his twenty-five-year career, Taylor has published work in nearly every form imaginable (novels, graphic novels, essays, and many, many plays) and every genre and sub-genre out there, from magic realism to comedy to vampires. Despite this incredible literary range, the intention behind Taylor’s experimentation remains the same: to expand the definition of First Nations literature.

Read the full book review by Nora Decter.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #120, September 1997

Issue #120This issue begins with a dedication to the memory of Robin Skelton, the founder of  the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing Department, and a co-founder of The Malahat Review. Skelton died in August 1997, shortly before the publication of this issue. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by James Kendrick).


Interviews

Interview with John Wall Barger, One of Two Long Poem Prize Winners for 2017

John Wall BargerMalahat 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 2017 issue.

JK: I've read online that you've lived in and travelled to many different places. The judges for the Long Poem Prize also called "Smog Mother" a "lyrical travelogue." How has travel informed your writing, particularly "Smog Mother"?

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.

Read the full interview here.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: May 2017 Edition

Mehdi KashaniSettle into Spring with our latest newsletter!

The Long Poem Prize winners were announced last month, and we're featuring interviews with both winners: John Wall Barger and Délani Valin. 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.

Continue reading this month's newsletter for these and more goodies.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #119, Summer 1997

Issue #119This excellent issue (but then, aren’t they all?) features the co-winners of the Long Poem Prize, Halifax-based Brian Bartlett, who also won in 1991, and Stephanie Bolster, originally from the west coast, but based in Ottawa at that time. Bartlett’s seventeen-page poem, composed in quintets, opens the issue. “Hawthornden Improvisations” was drafted during his month-long stay at Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, in Scotland. The author’s approach is a purposefully improvisational one, with thoughts ranging widely, yet always circling inward and with revelatory insights. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rhonda Batchelor).


News

Four Nominations at National Magazine Awards

NMA

The Malahat Review has received four nominations for this year's National Magazine Awards!

Alicia Elliott, Lindsay Nixon, Elyse Friedman, and George Elliott Clarke are all on this year's nominations list.

The winners from all nominated magazines and categories will be announced on May 26 at a special gala in Toronto!

Full details here.


Interviews

Interview with Steven Price, Contest Judge for the 2017 Far Horizons Short Fiction Award

Steven PriceThis year's Far Horizons Contest deadline is May 1, and we're giving away $1,000 to one author whose short story shines above the rest. 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... who knows, you might be our next winner!

PG: The late American poet John Berryman said, "We must travel in the direction of our fear." As a professor of fiction and poetry, what has your experience been with emerging writers sticking to "safe" topics in their writing versus tackling the unknown, the strange, the luminous?

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.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #118, Spring 1997

Issue #118Steven Heighton’s prose piece “The Age of Clowns” is the first item in this issue. 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. “The Age of Clowns” is followed by Patricia Young’s short poem “Days of Summer,” and these two pieces set a precedent of literary quality met by the rest of the issue. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by James Kendrick).


Publishing Tips

How Not to Learn About Trolls

Tara WohlbergApril's Publishing Tip comes to you from Tara Wohlberg, founder of the online poetry journal, Cede Poetry. 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.

A finalist in the City of Westminster (UK) Poetry Competition, Tara Wohlberg's poetry was shortlisted for The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards in 2010, published in CV2 and Quills, and her chapbook Cold Surely Takes the Wood was published by Alfred Gustav Press in 2013.

Read Tara Wohlberg's Publishing Tip here.


News

Winners Announced for the Long Poem Prize

John Wall Barger

Announcing the winners of the Long Poem Prize!

Congratulations to John Wall Barger (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Délani Valin (Nanaimo, British Columbia) on winning The Malahat Review's 2017 Long Poem Prize. Both winners will receive an award of $1,000, and their winning poems will be published in the Malahat's Summer 2017 issue. Their poems were chosen from close to 200 entries by contest judges Louise Bernice Halfe, George Elliott Clarke, and Patricia Young.

See the full announcement page for judges' comments and winner bios.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: April 2017 Edition

Steven PriceThe April newsletter is chock-full of contest goodies and announcements, previews of our Spring issue, and more!

The Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction is open for submissions until May 1. Emerging writers have a chance to win $1,000, as judged by Steven Price. Malahat publicity manager PJ Grace recently interviewed Steven about his role as contest judge for the Far Horizons Award. 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.

Continue reading this month's newsletter.


News

Finalists Chosen for 2017 Long Poem Prize

Long Poem Prize

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the Malahat's 2017 Long Poem Prize!

Two winners will be announced by end of next week. Both will take home $1,000 and their long poems will be published in our Summer issue.

A special thank you to this year's judges (George Elliott Clarke, Louise Bernice Halfe, and Patricia Young) and to everyone who entered the contest.

See who the seven finalists are on our special announcement page.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #116, Fall 1996

Issue #116This issue opens with some exciting poetry, as it begins with four poems by Don McKay, “Setting the Table,” “Setting up the Drums,” “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Eclogue: Abandoned Trucks,” followed shortly by three poems from Susan Musgrave. These two groups of poems bookend Margaret Hollingsworth’s short story “The Faithful Orchid.” Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by James Kendrick).


News

Founders' Award Winners for 2017 Announced

PK PageThe Founders’ Awards acknowledge the longstanding excellence of The Malahat Review’s contributors. Given out annually for the best work of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to have been published in the magazine in the previous year, the Founders’ Awards each honour a Victoria-based writer—Jack Hodgins, Charles Lillard, and P. K. Page—who has made, or continues to make, significant contributions in the genre or genre...s for which they are known locally, nationally, and internationally. The award comes with a $1,000 cash prize.

In poetry: Billy-Ray Belcourt for his poem, "Love is a Moontime Teaching"

In fiction: Lisa Bird-Wilson for her story, "Counselling"

In creative nonfiction: Kelly Bouchard for his essay, "Women and Children"

See the full announcement pages for interviews and judges' comments.


News

Photos from the WordsThaw Writers Festival

WordsThaw Writers FestivalThe Malahat Review has wrapped up another successful WordsThaw Writers Festival!

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! In the meantime, check out photos from this year’s festival (courtesy of UVic Writing student, Spencer Pickles).

See the WordsThaw website for more news and tidbits leading up to the festival.


Interviews

Interview with Genevieve Lehr, Open Season Award Winner for Poetry

Genevieve LehrThe 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 2017.

KK: Id love to know a little bit more about the genesis of poem in terms of where you/the speaker is that occasioned the arrival of a pair of tarantulas, or whether it was imagined.

GL: This poem is just that. I was house sitting a remote rustic villa at the edge of a jungle on the west coast of Mexico (accessible only by boat) this past summer during the rainy season. It’s the time of year of tropical storms, intense heat and humidity, and the place teems with critters one rarely sees at other times of the year. 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. 

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #115, Summer 1996

Issue #115Barbara 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. Why? Because "Mr. Lazarus" was the winner of the 1996 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). Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


Contests

Far Horizons Contest Now Taking Submissions

Far Horizons ContestThe Malahat's Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction is now accepting entries! Deadline May 1.

Emerging writers who have yet to publish a book (publication in literary magazines is OK) are encouraged to send us short stories of 3,500 words or less. One winner will take home the $1,000 prize!

Entry fee is discounted to $25 for Canadians ($30 US, $35 international) and comes with a complimentary one-year subscription to The Malahat Review. Additional submissions cost $15, no limit.

This year's contest judge is acclaimed poet and novelist, Steven Price.

Click here for full contest submission and payment details.


Interviews

Interview with Joshua Whitehead, Fiction Contributor to Indigenous Perspectives Issue

Joshua WhiteheadEast Coast poet Jake Byrne discusses Indigiqueer identity, community, and non-linearity with Joshua Whitehead, whose short story, “Jonny Appleseed,” appears in the Malahat’s recent Indigenous Perspectives issue.

JB: “Jonny Appleseed” opens with the titular character discovering his sexuality through the mediator of HBO’s Queer as Folk, but rejecting that particular vision of queerness sometime after. “You know lattes and condominiums,” Jonny says, “—you don’t know what it’s like being a brown gay boy on the rez,” and it’s true: Jonny isn’t the version of gayness (white, probably monogamous, double-income-no-kids) that you’re likely to see on television. Was the story born with this notion in mind? I know no story has a single ‘seed’ from which it germinates, but was a desire to provide alternatives to this dominant narrative part of your motivation for this story?

JW: Jonny’s birth is an unfortunate one, I think he carries too much with him: anger, hate, loneliness, servility, and perhaps even a dash of sycophancy, but necessity is the most energizing segment of his structuring. He began from a game I used to play reading YA novels, I called it “Where’s We’Wha” and made it my task to find the vanished Indian in every novel. 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? it takes an Indigiqueer to settle queerness. In fact, Robert Bittner wrote about this invisibility in an essay titled “Hey, I Still Can’t See Myself: The Difficult Positioning of Two-Spirit Identities in YA Literature,” He had one thing right: I couldn’t see myself.

Read the full interview here.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: March 2017 Edition

Genevieve LehrMarch'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.

The Open Season Award winners for 2017 were recently announced, and they share their thoughts on what it was like to win $1,500 each as part of the grand prize. Winners were Genevieve Lehr in poetry, Rebecca Morris in fiction, and Matthew Hollett in creative nonfiction.

Festival passes are still available for this year's WordsThaw Writers Festival, taking place next week, March 16 - 19 in Victoria, B.C. This is one festival you don't want to miss!

Continue reading this month's newsletter.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #114, Spring 1996

Issue #114An 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. In this issue, Eleanor Wachtel talks with Martin Amis about his then-recent novels (Time’s Arrow and The Information), and his views more broadly (in considering the themes captivating him at the time, he suggests that “Innocence is definitely what the world is losing” and predicts, about political correctness, “that label is going to be dead in a couple of years”). Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Micaela Maftei).


News

Shortlist Announced for WordsThaw Prize

WordsThaw PrizeContest judge Janet Rogers has selected the finalists for our inaugural WordsThaw Prize!

In poetry: Simone Blais (pictured), April Ripley, Nancy Yakimoski

In micro-text: Keva Glynn, Sarah Hamill, Wanda Hurren

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.

See the full announcement page for judge comments and event details.


News

Katherine Magyarody Wins PEN/America Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

Katherine MagyarodyCongratulations to Katherine Magyrarody, whose 2016 Open Season Award story, "Goldhawk," is one of twelve winners of the 2017 PEN America Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers!

Each writer will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and will be honoured at the annual PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony in New York.

Read about Katherine's PEN/America Award win.


News

WordsThaw Writers Festival: Full Line-Up

WordsThaw Writers Festival 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. The WordsThaw Writers Festival also celebrates the publication of its Winter issue, Indigenous Perspectives: A Very Contemporary Literature.

Attending authors include Jordan Abel, Trevor Corkum, Erica Gies, Jennifer Manuel, Troy Sebastian, Yasuko Thanh, Leanne Simpson, Richard Van Camp, and more.

Full event and ticket information available on the WordsThaw website.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #111, Spring 1995

Issue #111Issue #111 features the winners of The Malahat’s 1995 Long Poem Prize: Esta Spalding, for “Aperture,” and Barbara Nickel, for “The Rosary Sonatas.” Also featured is work from Swedish poets Karin Bellman, Lennart Sjögren, and Staffan Söderblom, translated by Robin Fulton. Themes of nature and vulnerability predominate these pieces, as in Karin Bellman’s lines “I stand here. / naked with the shallow stones / the water and the crabs.”  Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Chloe Hogan-Weihmann).


Interviews

Interview with Siku Allooloo, CNF Contributor to the Indigenous Perspectives Issue

Siku AlloolooIn 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.

Read the full interview here.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: February 2017 Edition

WordsThaw posterFebruary's newsletter celebrates the Indigenous Perspectives Issue, highlighting recent interviews with contributors Siku Allooloo and Lisa Bird-Wilson. Bird-Wilson's debut poetry collection, The Red Files was reviewed in the issue by Cara Lyn-Morgan. Also under the spotlight is Jordan Abel's poetry collection, Injun (Talonbooks), as reviewed by Michael Greenstein.

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!

And registration is now OPEN for our annual literary symposium, WordsThaw Writers Festival, held March 16 to 19 at the University of Victoria. 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.

Continue reading this month's newsletter.


News

Announcing the Open Season Contest Winners

Matthew Hollett The Malahat Review congratulates this year's contest winners!

Genevieve Lehr (poetry), Rebecca Morris (fiction), Matthew Hollett (creative nonfiction; pictured)

The award comes with a $1,500 prize and publication in the Malahat's spring issue.

Contest judges had great things to say about the winning submissions! Check out the full announcement page for the Open Season Award winners.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #110, Spring 1995

Issue #110This 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 1995 winning piece is an accomplished, assured work of fiction from Sorayya Khan that unfolds in a tightly controlled and deeply emotional way.  Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Micaela Maftei).


Contests

Long Poem Contest Deadline Extended!

LP Prize iconExtend your poetics! We've delayed the Long Poem Contest deadline until Sunday, February 5 at midnight PST (postmark date).

This contest is one of the few in North America that accept long poems. Two prizes of $1,000 (Canadian funds) will be awarded, with winners' poems being published in the summer 2017 issue and interviews with each winner appearing on our website.

The entry fee is $35 (Canada), $40 (US), $45 (international); additional entries cost $15 from anywhere, no limit. Entry fee gets you a year's worth of Malahat issues!

Contest judges this year are Louise Bernice Halfe, George Elliott Clarke, and Patricia Young. Read interview with each of the judges!

Click here for contest guidelines and submission details.


News

Register Today for WordsThaw Writers Festival

Jordan AbelRegistration is now open for the 2017 WordsThaw Writers Festival!

From March 16 to 19, celebrate Canadian writing with a focus on Indigenous literature as part of the Malahat‘s fifth-annual literary symposium, held at the University of Victoria.

As in previous years, we’re excited for the vast array of events taking place: a Lansdowne Lecture, the Friday night Words on Ice gala reading, panel discussions,  one-on-one workshops with local writers, and a Master Class workshop.

For a full list of events and to register, see the WordsThaw website.


News

Finalists Announced: Open Season Contest

OS Contest posterWe're pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Open Season Awards!

Thanks to all supporters and entrants for making this possible. 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.


Contests

WordsThaw Prize for Victoria Writers:
Deadline Extended!

WordsThaw PrizeWe're extending the deadline to the inaugural WordsThaw Prize! Emerging Victoria writers now have until January 25 to submit.

An exciting showcase of emerging talent in Greater Victoria, this contest will award a cash prize of $500 each in two categories: Poetry and Micro Text (either short fiction or creative nonfiction). Poems must be no longer than 30 lines, including stanza breaks; micro text pieces must be no longer than 400 words.

The entry fee is $20 and grants you entry to this year's WordsThaw Writers Festival, as well as a one-year subscription to the Malahat.

The inaugural contest judge is Janet Rogers. Read a recent interview with Janet Rogers and Yvonne Blomer about the WordsThaw Prize!

Click here for full contest guidelines and submission details.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #109, Winter 1994

Issue #109“These are family secrets you need to know about, in order that your descendents realize whereof they spring and the whyfors of their existence on earth” — so speaks Mother of Leon Rooke’s short story, “Old Mother” which is told in his Rookishly fabulous, southern gothic sort of way. The story is a delight in an issue full of delightful things. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


Book Reviews

Review of Louise Bernice Halfe's Burning in This Midnight Dream

Burning in This Midnight DreamIn her fourth poetry collection, Burning in This Midnight Dream, Louise Bernice Halfe hath achieved a canonical work of Anglo-Canadian letters, one that will always be as relevant as the Constitution and First Nations and Crown Treaties. In this book, which is less a traditional collection than it is a putative drama, the Cree poet, also known as Sky Dancer, excavates the voices and stories buried in the volumes of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report on the sadistic “Christianity” and cultural genocide pedagogy of the Residential Schools. Those verbs—”excavates” and “buried”—are too often literally applicable in Sky Dancer's recovery (in two senses) project due to the murderous oppression and exploitation to which generations and thousands of Indigenous children were subjected, and the resultant side effect of suicidal depression for suddenly childless parents, as well as for the sudden, de facto orphans stranded in a Hell of deviant clerics and fiendish nuns.

Read the full book review here (by George Elliott Clarke).


Interviews

Interview with Jordan Abel, Poetry Contributor to Indigenous Perspectives Issue (#197)

Jordan AbelCarleigh Baker, a writer who lives on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, interviews Nisga’a writer Jordan Abel about the intersection of poetry and academia in his poem, "Terra Nullius (3-5)." Abel's poem appears in the Malahat’s Indigenous Perspectives Issue, dedicated entirely to contemporary Indigenous writing in Canada.

CB: Your poem, “Terra Nullius (3-5),” can be loosely defined as “land belonging to no one,” or “land that is devoid of civilized society,” the latter definition being of particular relevance to Canadian settler colonialism. How are you working with this idea here?

JA: The idea itself is something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. My first substantial engagement with terra nullius was in my book-length work, Un/inhabited, which took a bit of a different approach than the piece that appears in The Malahat Review. My most recent interest in this concept actually comes from James Fenimore Cooper’s book, The Last of the Mohicans. At some point, I went on to Good Reads and started reading reviews of TLOTM. I was really interested in who was reading this book right now, and I stumbled on a group of Good Reads reviews from American high school students who all seemed to hate the book. But they seemed to hate it because it was boring, that Cooper spent an endless amount of time describing river valleys, rocks, and trees. So I began to wonder what was behind those description of land, landscape, and scenery. And also what happens when you just look at those blank descriptions.

Read the full interview here.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: January 2017 Edition

Janet RogersHappy New Year, Malahat devotees! The first newsletter of 2017 is full of great interviews and sneak peeks at the Indigenous Perspectives Issue, hot off the press.

Interviews: Jordan Abel, poetry contributor to the Indigenous Perspectives Issue, talks with Malahatbooks reviewer Carleigh Baker about his poem, "Terra Nullius (3-5)". Janet Rogers (pictured), this year's inaugural WordsThaw Prize judge, talks with current Victoria Poet Laureate, Yvonne Blomer, about what she'll be looking for in winning poems. And 2016's Creative Nonfiction Prize winner, Lynn Easton, talks with Kate Kennedy about her winning piece, "The Equation."

Contests: The Malahat has two contest deadlines approaching! Local emerging Victoria authors are encouraged to enter the WordsThaw Prize (deadline January 22), in either micro poetry or micro text genres. Two winners of $500 will be chosen, and finalists will win $25 gift certificates to Munro's Books. For fans of the longer form, the biennial Long Poem Prize deadline is February 1; two prizes of $1000 will be given away!

Read all about these features and more in the January newsletter.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #108, September 1994

Issue #108This issue contains the three winners of the Malahat’s 1994 Long Poem Prize: Marilyn Bowering’s “How Were the People Made?,” Rhea Tregebov’s “Whoever I Think I Am,” and Sue Wheeler’s “Personal Effects.” These three excellent poems, along with multiple contributions by Esta Spalding and Erin Mouré, will make this issue especially appealing to lovers of poetry.

Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by James Kendrick).


Interviews

Interview with 2017 Long Poem Prize Judge, Patricia Young

Patricia YoungWith just four weeks until the biennial Long Poem Prize deadline (February 1), we encourage you to read the interviews with this year's contest judges!

PRISM international's executive editor of promotions, Curtis LeBlanc, talks with Long Poem Prize judge, Patricia Young, about patience in long-form poetry and the benefits of blind judging in creative writing contests.

CL: What has been your experience writing long poems? Is it something you enjoy and relish, or do you find it frustrating trying to draw out a form that is so often kept short in terms of page count?

PY: I've written a few series of poems, poems that are loosely connected by subject matter or theme, or some other organizing principle. More and more, I find myself drawn to the idea of a series because a series provides a larger canvas than a single poem can; it's possible to explore something from many different angles.Not too long ago, I published a longish poem in An Auto-erotic History of Swings, "On Sex and Wooden Boats: God's Last Thoughts." It's seven pages. In that case, I took on the voice of God, and it was that lofty but apologetic and even humble voice that propelled the poem forward.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #106, March 1994

Issue #106This issue does not contain any reviews, and is instead devoted exclusively to poetry and fiction. It begins with three poems from Susan Musgrave: “Imagine,” “Effort of Love,” and “Depression in Debrecen.” All three poems explore past trauma through the guise of every day activity, summed up beautifully in these lines from “Imagine”: “there is nothing / to eat, there is nothing to drink, / there is only history.” Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rose Morris).


Contests

Enter the Long Poem Prize by February 1

Long Poem PrizeThe Malahat's biennial Long Poem Prize is back!

This contest is one of the few in North America that accept long poems. Two prizes of $1,000 (Canadian funds) will be awarded, with winners' poems being published in the summer 2017 issue and interviews with each winner appearing on our website.

The entry fee is $35 (Canada), $40 (US), $45 (international); additional entries cost $15 from anywhere, no limit. Entry fee gets you a year's worth of Malahat issues!

Contest judges this year are Louise Bernice Halfe, George Elliott Clarke, and Patricia Young.

Click here for contest guidelines and submission details.


Issues

Indigenous Perspectives Issue: Cover Art and Table of Contents Now Available

Issue #197 The Malahat's upcoming Indigenous Perspectives Issue (#197) cover art has been released! We'd like to thank the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art for supporting us in making this cover art happen.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 243.8 x 201.7 cm. Private collection. Photo by Ken Mayer.

The full table of contents for this issue has also been posted. Featured Indigenous writers include Jordan Abel, Lisa Bird-Wilson, Louise Bernice Halfe, Janet Rogers, Troy Sebastian, Shannon Webb-Campbell, Joshua Whitehead, Alicia Elliott, and lots more.

See the full table of contents for the upcoming Indigenous Perspectives Issue.


Publishing Tips

The Gatekeeper Function

Oscar MartensDecember's Publishing Tip comes to you from Canadian writer and blogger, Oscar Martens. In his article, he outlines a writer's tough choices when seeking publication: endure long waits from publishers and slim chances of making it with a literary agent, or go the lone route and self-publish?

Sarah spent the last few years publishing in literary journals, making the short list of the CBC contest, and finishing her first novel. She ranked her submission targets, sending queries to agents first. Response times varied from hours, to days, to months, to never. One agent was very complimentary, stressing her taut expression and original thought, before ultimately declining. A few others wanted to charge a reading fee, and that didn't seem right.

Read the rest of Oscar Martens' Publishing Tip here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #103, Summer 1993

Issue #103This issue is anchored by a remarkable final piece. Closing the magazine, we find a 16-page, four-part long story by Steven Heighton. “To Everything a Season” is the work of a confident, assured writer. Heighton had just been named a finalist for the Journey Prize the previous year, and received a National Magazine Award for fiction. In the decades since this publication, he has released works of poetry, essays, and fiction, and has been widely recognized for his work, including with a Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2016. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Micaela Maftei).


Interviews

Interview with Lynn Easton, Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize Winner for 2016

Lynn EastonCanadian editor and poet, Kate Kennedy, talks with our 2016 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest winner, Lynn Easton, about family, repetition, and the not-knowing in her winning entry, "The Equation." Easton's memoir, which won $1,000 as chosen by contest judge Lee Maracle, will appear in the Malahat's Indigenous Perspectives issue, to be published in January 2017.

KK: The phenomenon of not-knowing is something I've come to think of as being almost a specialty of creative nonfiction, setting it apart somewhat from journalism and other types of nonfiction prose. Indeed, it seems to me one of the sustained themes of "The Equation" is this not-knowing. You/your narrator openly acknowledges how little she truly understands of what her daughter Annie is up to in her solar experiments at home and later in her study of engineering at university. Can you speak to this?

LE: I agree. This not-knowing is the most inviting part of creative nonfiction. It motivates me to ask questions that often lead to discoveries about myself and the world. I like the surprise. I find a kind of magic in the not-knowing. In "The Equation," my not-knowing about science was more concrete, which was fun. I wrote my way into understanding a bit more about this foreign world that consumes my daughter and ended up learning more about the two of us as well.

Read the full interview here.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: December 2016 Edition

Patricia YoungIt's the most wonderful time of the year... for Malahat newsletter goodies!

Interviews: you love 'em, we got 'em. The Long Poem Prize is now accepting submissions, and Malahat devotees took some time to speak with the contest judges: Louise Bernice Halfe, George Elliott Clarke, and Patricia Young (pictured). Other interviews include Malahat editor John Barton and writer Elizabeth Ross on cancer and recovery in her memoir, "Evidence of Disease," published in our recent Autumn issue.

Publishing Tips: Canadian writer and blogger Oscar Martens weighs the pros and cons of publishing houses versus self publishing. Do you send your manuscript to a publishing house and endure long waits and rejection, or go the lone-wolf route and take on the staggering task of promotion and publicity?

Goodies: holiday subscriptions are on for $15! Great stocking stuffer ideas this Christmas season for a loved one, a friend, or even yourself. Good for new subscriptions, or renewals / extensions of current subscriptions.

Discover all this and more in the December edition of Malahat lite.


Contests

New Contest for Greater Victoria Area Writers

To celebrate the upcoming WordsThaw Writers Festival in spring 2017, we're pleased to announce the first-annual WordsThaw Prize! Deadline is January 22, 2017.

An exciting showcase of emerging talent in Greater Victoria, this contest will award a cash prize of $500 each in two categories: Poetry and Micro Text (either short fiction or creative nonfiction). Contest judge is Janet Rogers.

The entry fee is $20 for one poem OR micro text; unlike our other contests, we will only accept one entry per person in either genre.

Your entry fee gets you a full festival pass to the WordsThaw Writers Festival in March 2017, as well as a one-year subscription / renewal extension to the Malahat.

Click here for full contest guidelines and submission details.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #102, March 1993

Issue #102This issue is notable for its many contributors who went on to win a Governor General’s Award later in their careers. Roo Borson, who won the GG in 2004, has four poems in this issue including tributes to Robert Gray and George Bowering. Greg Hollingshead’s “Rose Cottage,” first published here, went on to be part of his short story collection The Roaring Girl, which won the Governor General’s Award for fiction in 1995. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rose Morris).


Interviews

Interview with Jacqueline Baker, Fiction Contributor to the Malahat's Autumn Issue

Jacqueline BakerIn "Down Burned Road," Jacqueline Baker tells the story of Carrie and Yurig's first years of marriage, which they live against a backdrop of rugged mountains, bears, and cougars in a house not easy to find if you don’t know where you’re going. Interview conducted by Malahat editor John Barton.

Barton: The atmosphere in "Down Burned Road" is not only a product of the "remote" location of Carrie and Yurig's house, but of the "writerly" resonances I also catch. I know of your interest in H. P. Lovecraft and the story's mention of the Black Forest makes me think of the Brothers Grimm. Can you talk about how genre fiction and folk tales may have influenced you in the composition of this story?

Baker: You know, I can't escape them even when I try. Even when I'm writing "realism." They just creep in, or something in the story turns, sending me back there. I guess Grimm's fairy tales were the earliest stories I knew. Not from books, of which we had few, but retold to me by my mother. Fairy tales, folktales, Biblical stories. That's what I cut my teeth on. All dark, mysterious. We carry those first stories with us, I suppose, no matter the geography we physically in habit.

Read the full interview here.


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Interviews

Interview with Weyman Chan, Poetry Contributor to the Malahat's Autumn Issue

Weyman ChanMalahat poetry board member David Eso and Calgary poet Weyman Chan discuss experimental poetry, the Calgary writing scene, and Chan's poem, "Here I Am," published in the Malahat's new Autumn issue.

DE: To what extent are you an "experimental" poet? Are you not also a lyric poet and sometimes a narrative one? What poets served as your initial inspirations?

WC: I think overcategorizing my own creativity isn't productive. I just read lots and allow myself to be influenced by what I've read in equal measure with how I let myself be influenced by the words I write and overwrite on top of previous ideas and texts. The critical thinking I perform that happens before during and after the words flow somehow make it look like poems. The process is intuitive, slow, and not afraid of changing and shifting. No one should do what fails to surprise them.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #101, Winter 1992

Issue #101The issue is filled with exceptional writing—the two winning entries in the 1992 Long Poem Prize, and some fantastic pieces of short fiction. The poetry winners, D’arcy Randall and Marjorie Stelmach, each offer work to get lost in, poems that present an entrance into a complex new world. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Micaela Maftei).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: November 2016 Edition

Jacqueline BakerTake a break from election news to read this month's newsletter!

Events: Join us November 23 at the University of Victoria for P. K. Page at 100: A Celebratory Reading in honour of one of Canada's most outstanding writers. A group of close friends will be reading from her work to pay tribute to her life and accomplishments on what would've been her 100th birthday.

Interviews: Weyman Chan's poem, "Here I Am," appears in our latest Autumn issue, and he lets us in on experimental poetry and the Calgary writing scene. Horror aficionado Jacqueline Baker (pictured) discusses fairy-tale influence in her short story, "Down Burned Road." And Zailig Pollock immerses us in the legacy of P. K. Page.

Lit goodies: don't forget, students can sign up for a $12 one-year print subscription until November 20! Regular prices are $35 to $45, depending on location. And if you're more into tablet than tree, save the paper and get yourself a digital subscription to the Malahat, just $20 for one year!

Discover all this and more in the November edition of Malahat lite.


News

P. K. Page at 100: A Celebratory Reading

PK Page PosterImmortality is not easy to come by, but if anyone has attained it, it would be Victoria poet P. K. Page.

On Wednesday, November 23rd at the University of Victoria, a group of writers and friends will gather to read from her works and to pay tribute to the life and accomplishments of one of Canada's most celebrated writers on what would have been her one hundredth birthday.

Featured readers include John Barton, Lucy Bashford, Lorna Crozier, Sandra Djwa, Patrick Friesen, Eve Joseph, Patrick Lane, Carol Matthews, Jay Ruzesky, Rachel Wyatt, Derk Wynand, Patricia Young, and Terence Young. The reading, emceed by Yvonne Blomer, will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Nicholas Bradley.

Click here for event details on P. K. Page's Celebratory Reading.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #99, Summer 1992

Issue #99Two very well-known authors in the Canadian literary scene made contributions to this issue—P.K. Page sat on the editorial board, and Michael Ondaatje provided the cover photo. Readers will also find two poems by John Pass, winner of last year’s Open Season Award for poetry. These unusual and enigmatic poems are likely to stick in your head and make you wonder what’s at the bottom of them. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by James Kendrick).


News

2016 Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner

Lynn Easton The Malahat Review congratulates Lynn Easton as this year's Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize winner!

Her entry, "The Equation," was chosen by final judge Lee Maracle from over 180 entries, our biggest creative nonfiction contest draw to date.

The award comes with a $1,000 prize, a hefty set of book prizes, and publication in the Indigenous Perspectives winter issue of the Malahat.

Check out the full announcement page for Lynn Easton's win.


News

Shortlist Announced: Creative Nonfiction Prize

CNF Contest posterWe're pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize! We received a record number of entries this year, and are excited to post the finalists.

Thanks to all supporters and entrants for making this possible. The grand prize winner, as chosen by contest judge Lee Maracle, will receive $1,000 and book prizes. Stay tuned for the announcement next week!

Check out the shortlisted candidates here.


Contests

Open Season Contest: Book Prizes Announced!

OS Book PrizesThis year's contest deadline is two weeks away (November 1), and to sweeten the pot, we're giving away a collection of books to one lucky entrant!

All you have to do is enter the contest, and you'll be automatically entered to win all seven books!

Don't forget about the grand prize of $4,500, to be distributed evenly over three categories: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Entrants can mix and match their genres and there's no limit to how many times you can enter.

Click here for full contest submission and payment details.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #98, Spring 1992

Issue #98Issue 98 is special for a number of reasons: it’s two away from Issue 100; it uses on the cover an assemblage painting by the Canadian artist Lee Goreas called “Blackboard Lesson #1”; and the opening fiction selection, which takes up almost half of the literary content of the issue, is a fantastic novella called “Goon of the Moon and the Expendables” by the late Adel Wiseman. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


Interviews

Interview with Erin Kirsh, Poetry Contributor
to the Malahat's Autumn Issue

Erin KirshMalahat interviewer Jess Taylor recently spoke with Vancouver slam poet and Malahat author, Erin Kirsh, about her upcoming Autumn Issue #196 poem, "Attachments Anyway." In this interview, Kirsh discusses the interplay between poetry and spoken word, her relationship with Vancouver, and up-and-coming poets to discover.

JT: This poem both seems to be a critique of Vancouver and a celebration of it. Was this what you were going for, or did you see the poem as exalting even annoyances and disappointments? Or was the poem just about letting everything go for you, acknowledging that everything that is here will one day not be?

EK: A little bit of all of that. I have a lot of immoderate ambivalence for Vancouver, and that all came out in this poem. I aim for a sort of zen neutrality in my life, which is hilarious, because I think neuroses make up 92% of my personality. But I think one of the only ways to cope with living in Vancouver is to sort of face plant into impermanence.

Read the full interview here, and listen to a special recorded reading of her poem.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: October 2016 Edition

Phoebe WangIt's spooky how much great content is in this month's e-newsletter!

Interviews: Vancouver writer and spoken word poet Erin Kirsh talks about her Autumn Issue poem, "Attachments Anyway," and reads it aloud in a special Malahat exclusive recording.

Publishing Tip: Canadian writer and reviewer Phoebe Wang (pictured) delivers a handful of excellent tips to both emerging and established writers on pitching work to publishers. Submit early and submit often!

Digital edition: we're offering a new platform to read on tablets, smartphones, and e-readers to Malahat lovers all over the world!

Discover all this and more in the October edition of Malahat lite.


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Digital Subscriptions and Issues Now Available

Digital storeThe Malahat has gone digital!

We now offer digital subscriptions and single issues for purchase to read on your phone, tablet, or e-reader! Wherever you live in the world, receive the digital edition for $20 (one year) or $30 (two year), and single issues for $8.

If you would like to receive both the print and digital editions, bundles are available for the cost of the print subscription. This bundle option is a limited offer, so subscribe now!

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Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #97, Winter 1991

Issue #97This issue contains two winners of the 1991 Long Poem Prize; Crispin Elsted’s “Kenfield Variations” and Jennifer Mitton’s “With a Mother in Such Pain.” Both are poems not to miss, and that you will definitely want to re-read for maximum enjoyment. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by James Kendrick).


Interviews

Interview with Steve McOrmond, Poetry Contributor to the Malahat's Summer Issue

Steve McOrmondMalahat volunteer Jake Byrne talks with Toronto poet Steve McOrmond about his contribution of four poems to the latest Malahat Summer issue: "We: Source Code," "Night of the Sitcoms," "It Pains Me to Recall," and "Why We Wave at Trains". The poems form part of McOrmond's larger manuscript, Reckon, a collection that tallys our contemporary way of living and what we owe.

JB: I hate to ask about pronouns, but reading your newer poems, I was struck by how they differed from those in your most recent full-length collection, The Good News About Armageddon. In that book, the lyric 'I'—the persona at the centre of the long titular poem—demands the reader's attention, even in the face of apocalypse. In three of your four poems featured in the Summer issue of The Malahat Review, you've eschewed the first-person singular pronoun; I've noticed a move towards a more detached method of observation in recent pieces. Is this a deliberate stylistic shift, or a reflection of the subject matter of the new work?

SM: The narrator of that long poem is in the midst of some kind of psychic breakdown. Most of us are pretty good at tuning out the world and holding our fears at arm's length—we have to be in order to survive. But this speaker's filter is damaged. He is no longer able to look away or distance himself from the noise and chaos of current events. So the lyric 'I' of that poem is really a kind of messy collision of the personal and political, a train wreck of different end-times narratives from supermarket tabloids to religious tracts. It's a very self-reflexive, inconsistent and erratic 'I.'

Read the full interview here.


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If you're a university, college, or high school student this academic year, get a one-year subscription for yourself or a classmate to The Malahat Review. That's four isues of award-winning poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction until next year. Regular subscriptions cost $35 to $45!

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Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #96, Fall 1991

Issue #96Issue ninety-six opens with an excerpt from Louise Young’s play “Hungry Ghosts”, which won the CBC Playwriting Competition in 1989. Young completed two BFAs at the University of Victoria (in creative writing and painting) and the influence of painting comes through in “Hungry Ghosts,” which can be described as ethereal, surreal, and dizzying: “I’m in a room filled with oppressive flowers and satin and Samuel’s waxen body sleeps before me.” Images appear like brushstrokes: “…small yellow leaves catch in the blue sky like a dress caught in the barb of a fence.” Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Celina Silva).


Issues

Issue #195 Web Exclusive: Poetry Excerpt

Issue #195 coverFrom the Summer issue, we're featuring a poem from east coast poet Rebecca Păpucaru. Her poem, "Introducing Miss Zelda Zonk," was one of three poems published by the author in Issue #195. Her other poetry has appeared in PRISM international, The Dalhousie Review, The Best Canadian Poetry in English and I Found It at the Movies. She lives in Sherbrooke.

Here's a taste of the poem...

I leave my agent's office with a pair of black eyes and a socialite's nose. A blob of bovine matter no bigger than a sleeping capsule now corrects my recessive chin. The lye permeates my hair at the antebellum level, drugging every fibre, transforming my head from pulp to paper.

Read the full excerpted poem here.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: September 2016 Edition

Sina QueyrasBack to school, back to work... back to writing!

Interviews: Open Season Award judges Sina Queyras, Jaspreet Singh, and Molly Peacock talk about their respective genres, with tips to contest entrants on how to up the chances of winning some of the $4,500 prize. Poetry contributor Steve McOrmond discusses his poems to appear in the Summer issue. And Far Horizons Poetry Award winner Yusuf Saadi talks about the creative process for his winning poem.

Journey Prize Nomination: Short story writer J. R. McConvey's Malahat story, "Home Range," was recently announced as a contender for the $10,000 Journey Prize. This same story won our annual Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for the best piece of fiction to have been published in 2015.

Student discount: for a limited time, get a one-year subscription for $12 if you're a high school, college, or university student. Buy one for yourself or a friend!

Discover all this and more in the September edition of Malahat lite.


News

Malahat Work Study Position Available

Work StudyAre you a University of Victoria student interested in the literary scene, and looking to make extra cash this school year? If you've ever wanted to see what it's like working for a Canadian lit mag, now's your chance!

We're currently on the hunt for a Marketing and Promotions Assistant. The successful candidate will have a broad knowledge of current social media tools and will be conversant with Windows-based Word, Excel and WordPress. Outreach skills, including proper email and social-media etiquette, are an asset. An undergraduate or graduate UVic Writing or UVic Humanities / UVic English student is preferred.

Apply to work at The Malahat Review today!


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #95, Summer 1991

Issue #95Hello Malahat. Now, you’ve been around since 1967. You’ve reached out internationally and now have a focus on Canadian writing. Some would say you’re the envy of the block and that you are the leading literary journal in the country. Well, what we would say is… The Malahat Review — THIS is YOUR life! Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


News

Malahat Author Nominated for Journey Prize

Journey PrizeMalahat short story author J. R. McConvey has been nominated for this year's $10,000 Journey Prize with his story, "Home Range"! (Click here to read an excerpt.) This story was originally published in Issue 192, Autumn 2015, and won the Malahat's annual Jack Hodgins' Founders Award for Fiction, honouring the best piece published in the previous year.

Read more on McConvey's Journey Prize nomination.


Contests

Open Season Contest Now Taking Submissions

Open Season AwardsThe Malahat's annual Open Season Contest is now accepting entries! Send in your best poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction for a chance at the grand prize: $4,500! A winner in each genre will receive a portion of the prize ($1,500 each). Contest deadline is November 1, 2016.

This year's contest judges are Sina Queyras (poetry), Jaspreet Singh (fiction), and Molly Peacock (creative nonfiction). Entrants can send work for one or all three genres if they wish! Additional entries cost $15 and there's no limit. All entries come with a complimentary one-year subscription to The Malahat Review.

Click here for full contest submission and payment details.


Publishing Tips

Working with an Editor

Tricia DowerAugust's Publishing Tip comes to you from local Victoria writer, Tricia Dower. In her article, she explains the careful tug-and-pull of working with an editor, and reiterates what all writers know they'll one day have to do: kill your darlings.

If you've been published, you've probably felt the deft touch of an editor, whether on big picture matters or line-by-line copy edits. Having received my first publishing credit only twelve years ago, I don't feel expert enough to give advice, but I‘m happy to share what I've learned about working with editors.

It's a privilege.
Imagine, someone actually wants to talk about what you've written. And getting to work with a professional editor on someone else's dime is like receiving a windfall. But the benefits are more than monetary. The best editors call up a better me. They stretch me as an artist and as a human.

Read the rest of her Publishing Tip here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #94, Spring 1991

Issue #94One of the things I liked best about being an intern at Malahat in the 1980s was that we didn’t have email. Contributors had to send us their work on disks, or else minions like me had to transcribe the story or poem into our computer from the original hard copy (I know, right?). But it turns out that typing out the poems of others is an excellent exercise for a young wannabe. In the process, the scribe becomes the poet, breaking lines in the same place and making identical word choices. To produce a good forgery of a Picasso, one must necessarily understand Picasso. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


News

Deadline Extended: Indigenous Perspectives

Indigenous Perspectives IssueThe Malahat Review has extended the deadline to submit to the Indigenous Perspectives Issue! Writers now have until Friday, August 19 to send in works of poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction.

To be published in January 2017, Indigenous Perspectives will celebrate the aesthetics, concerns, contributions, and achievements of Indigenous authors living in or from “Canada,” recognizing their crucial role in providing a truly complete picture of what it is like to be alive in North America in the past, future, and especially today.

The issue is being guest-edited by Philip Kevin Paul (poetry), Richard Van Camp (fiction), and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (creative nonfiction).

The Malahat Review, a literary quarterly published by the University of Victoria, acknowledges that it operates on the unceded territory of the Coast and Straits Salish people, including the Lekwungen family group, Checkonien, and Sungayka village.

Get full details on submitting to the Indigenous Perspectives Issue.


Interviews

Interview with Kelly Bouchard, CNF contributor to the Malahat's Summer 2016 Issue

Kelly BouchardMalahat creative nonfiction board member and UVic Writing instructor Frances Backhouse talks with Kelly Bouchard about his experiences at a Las Vegas homeless shelter. Bouchard explores the delicate nature of homelessness, recovery, and moral compromises in his nonfiction piece, "Women and Children," which appears in the Malahat's Summer 2016 issue.

FB: Let's start with the genesis of this story. In the footnote, you explain that it came out of the month you spent living in and around the Las Vegas Rescue Mission in 2012. Did you go there with the idea that you would write about it at some point? Did you take notes or write anything about the experience at the time? How did your in-the-moment writing (or lack of it) help or hinder you in writing "Women and Children"?

KB: Yes. I went to the Rescue Mission with the idea of writing about it. The notes and journal entries I made have proved invaluable in writing this piece and in my general reflections on the period. But the fact that I went to the Rescue Mission in order to write about it, and not because I had to, is also one of the most problematic and complicated factors I have to consider whenever I reflect on my time there. It's an additional layer of the experience that makes writing about it much more complex.

Read the full interview here.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: August 2016 Edition

Elyse FriedmanThe Summer issue has been mailed to Malahat readers across the globe, and we have great interviews to accompany the writing inside!

Interviews: fiction board member Lee Henderson speaks with Elyse Friedman about her latest short story, "Seventeen Comments," and the issues it raises about Internet comment sections. Creative nonfiction board member Frances Backhouse talks with Kelly Bouchard about homelessness and spending time in a Las Vegas shelter as depicted in his memoir, "Women and Children."

Publishing Tip: Victoria writer Tricia Dower explains the careful tug-and-pull of working with an editor, and reiterates what all writers know they'll one day have to do: kill your darlings.

News and Contests: time's running out to submit entries to the Indigenous Perspectives Issue (deadline August 15). And we've opened submissions for this year's Open Season Contest!

Discover all this and more in the August edition of Malahat lite.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #93, Winter 1990

Issue #93This issue is bookended by fiction, beginning with Eliza Clark’s “Acceptable Door Prizes” – an excerpt from her then-unpublished novel Miss You Like Crazy – and ending with U.S. author Margaret Barrett’s short story “In the Presence of an Ideal.” Both of these pieces are narrated by women and depict complex internal struggle. “Acceptable Door Prizes” follows protagonist Maylou as she meets a stranger (who isn’t really a stranger after all) and the two of them process their grief over each having recently lost someone close to them. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rose Morris).


Contests

CNF Contest Deadline EXTENDED 'til August 5

CNF PrizeNeed a few more days of sunshine before you hunker down and finalize your creative nonfiction story? No worries! We've extended this year's contest deadline until Friday, August 5. The prize is $1,000 and books!

Think you have what it takes? Send us your nonfiction (eg. memoir, personal essay, travel/narrative writing, social commentary, or biography between 2,000 to 3,000 words in length) for your chance to win. Entries cost $35 (Canada), $40 (US), $45 (international); additional entries cost $15. All entries come with a new one-year subscription (or extension of existing subscription)!

Click here for full contest details, and to submit your creative nonfiction today!


News

A George Elliott Clarke Reader: Poems, Poems!

George Elliott ClarkeOpen The Malahat Review's Summer 2016 issue and read "Othello: By Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade," a new long poem by George Elliott Clarke, drawn from his opus-in-progress, Canticles. This stirring and disturbing romp of a poem is also illustrated by one of a series of works by the Nova Scotia-based artist, Lara Martina, that respond to George's take on Shakespeare's tragic hero, as channeled through Sade. Lara is one of Clarke's long time collaborators.

To celebrate George's most recent appearance in the Malahat, we've assembled a "reader" composed of separate interviews with the poet and with his illustrator, starting with and departing from "Othello..."; a video-clip of George in performance at a club in Nanaimo; and the first-time, web-exclusive publication of "The Testament of Ulysses X," another poem from Canticles. You may read the full text of this poem or listen to George's performance of it, recorded while he was the 2015 Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

Click here for the George Elliott Clarke reader.


News

Elyse Friedman's story "Seventeen Comments" Invites Readers to Add to Comment Section

Elyse FriedmanEver wanted to add your own comments to a Malahat story? Now's your chance!

Elyse Friedman's "Seventeen Comments" is featured in Issue #195, Summer 2016. It satirizes the reality of online comment sections and the role of cyber anonymity as numerous posters flame each other following a review of a trendy new restaurant. We've posted the story online and we're giving readers the chance to add their own comments to it!

Read her story online, and add your own comment to the blog section.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #91, Summer 1990

Issue #91This issue begins with "Flight," a not-so-short story by Holley Rubinsky (d. 2015). At thirty-five pages long, this is a bold choice; the story makes up nearly a third of the issue's length. At the time, Rubinsky had recently won the first ever Journey Prize, and her short story collection Rapid Transits and Other Stories was a few months away from publication. "Flight" is a tightly controlled, powerful piece, and despite its length it would be difficult to suggest any areas where cutting wouldn't damage the story. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Micaela Maftei).


Book Reviews

Review of George Bowering's 10 Women

10 WomenIf you're already well-acquainted with George Bowering's work, then as the author's winking persona George Delsing warns the reader in "Ardell," the final story in 10 Women: "I think you might want to skip the next paragraph."

Into his eighth decade, with over 100 publications to his name, Bowering has two Governor General's Literary Awards, one each for poetry and fiction, and has been prolific in all forms, including drama and nonfiction. But in fairness, there may yet be people who haven't read Bowering—or at least, there were before this reviewer agreed to write the piece you're currently reading, before I found myself blitz-reading his 2012 memoir of adolescence, Pinboy, and the 1967 debut novel Mirror on the Floor, desperate to find out more about this Delsing character.

Read the full book review here (by Daniel Perry).


Interviews

Interview with Lee Maracle, CNF Contest Judge

CNF ContestWith less than two weeks to go before the deadline for our annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest, we're inviting readers and CNF writers alike to read a recent interview with Lee Maracle, contest judge for this year's $1,000 prize. This interview was conducted by Jane Eaton Hamilton.

JEH: What are you looking for in a creative nonfiction manuscript? What characteristics strike you and make you know this particular manuscript is a winning text?

LM:I still believe that the demands of writing in whatever genre are very similar: nonfiction must capture the imagination in a pragmatic and future oriented way. What is different is of course what the reader does with what they imagine and what they imagine becomes knowledge upon reading nonfiction. Fiction and poetry affect the reader's belief and nonfiction affects the reader's knowledge, but both require the engagement of the imagination.

Read the full interview here.

Click here for contest details and to submit your work today.


News

2016 Far Horizons Poetry Contest Winner

Yusuf Saadi Yusuf Saadi has won this year's Far Horizons Poetry Award!

Saadi's entry was selected from over 500 contest submissions by Steven Heighton. The caliber of poem was exceptionally high this year, and for Heighton, "...choosing the winner of this year's Far Horizons Award was so hard that [he] might never judge a contest again."

The award comes with a $1,000 prize, and his winning poem will be published in the 2016 Autumn issue of the Malahat.

Check out the full announcement for Yusuf Saadi's win.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: July 2016 Edition

Lee MaracleCheck out this month's Malahat lite e-newsletter for lots of Summer Issue previews!

Interviews: CNF Contest Judge, Lee Maracle, talks about learning to write for oneself. Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, discusses his bravura long poem "Othello...", set to appear in the Summer Issue. Lara Martina, illustrator for Clarke's poems, lets us in on the magic of artistry and what it's like working with Clarke. And Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, CNF Editor for the Indigenous Perspectives Issue, invites writers to submit to this special issue on contemporary Indigenous writing in Canada.

News and Offers: The Far Horizons Poetry Contest shortlist has been announced (13 poems chosen from over 500). And we're offering a special $15 summer subscription rate until September!

Discover all this and more in the July edition of Malahat lite.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #90, Spring 1990

Issue #90In Issue 90 the reader enters Malahat’s literary time machine back to the year 1990. A relationship to nature and a concern for environmental destruction is prominent, making for a relevant read twenty-six years later, and a fitting read to take outside to the beach or backyard. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Celina Silva).


News

Far Horizons Poetry Contest: The Shortlist

Far Horizons posterWe're pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Contest! Over 500 poems were received in total, and careful readers have whittled them down to 13 finalists.

Thanks to all supporters and entrants for making this possible. The grand prize winner of $1000, as chosen by final judge Steven Heighton, will be announced by July 15 online and through social media.

Check out the shortlisted candidates here.


Interviews

Interview with Leanne Simpson, CNF Editor for the Indigenous Perspectives Issue

Leanne SimpsonTroy Sebastian, a writer from the Ktunaxa community of  ?aq̓am, recently spoke with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson about her role as fiction editor for the Malahat's upcoming Indigenous Perspectives issue. Alongside Philip Kevin Paul (poetry editor) and Richard Van Camp (fiction editor), Simpson will read all creative nonfiction submissions for consideration.

TS: What does The Malahat Review mean to you?

LBS: It represents a prominent Canadian literary review—very few of which have published my work, although I have submitted throughout my career. So in some ways, it represents the unattainable for me—a writing community that I exist outside of. This issue of The Malahat Review has a more profound meaning because they have supported us, in representing ourselves and our community of writers to their audience, on our own terms. That’s a powerful act.

Read the full interview here.


Book Reviews

Summer Issue Review of Catherine Owen's The Other 23 & a Half Hours

The Other 23 & a Half HoursThe summer issue is set to print in late July, and we have all the book reviews online for you to read! Here's one that's sure to grab your attention...

It might be counterintuitive, but Catherine Owen believes being a writer involves much more than writing. In this provocative book she examines the moving parts of the literary community and explains what makes it tick. Starting with reading, which Owen believes is a fundamental part of being a writer, she considers activities such as reviewing, translating, hosting radio shows and even running small presses.

Here's what book reviewer Aaron Shepard had to say about Owen's latest book:

Rather than a chronicle of starving poets, or an instructional tome on craft and poetics, The Other 23 & a Half Hours is an optimistic, energetic survey of the myriad ways poets can involve themselves in their art, their community, and the world at large. Drawing from the experiences of over fifty-eight poets, including herself, Owen explores activities such as performing, research, and translation, as well as creative endeavours like running a radio show or small press, and working with different mediums. Owen seems particularly qualified to write a book that champions a life of artistic diversity and adaptability.

Read the full book review here (by Aaron Shepard).


Contests

CNF Prize Deadline is August 1... Write, Write!

CNF Prize Five weeks to go until the deadline for this year's CNF Contest!

In addition to the $1,000 prize, We're offering a special collection of book prizes to the winner of this year's contest. As a proud Canadian magazine, we chose these books as prizes to celebrate the diversity of Canada's history and landscape. Click here for the list of creative nonfiction books.

Think you have what it takes? Send us your nonfiction (eg. memoir, personal essay, travel/narrative writing, social commentary, or biography between 2,000 to 3,000 words in length) by August 1 for your chance to win. Entries cost $35 (Canada), $40 (US), $45 (international); all additional entries cost $15, no limit.

All entries come with a new one-year subscription (or extension of existing subscription).


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #89, Winter 1989

Issue #89Hands up: how many of you have heard of Trevor Ferguson? He may well be Canada's Cormac McCarthy. I make the comparison because McCarthy published his first novel in 1965 and from that beginning on, his work was seen by critics as something special. But it didn't sell for decades. Ferguson published his first book in 1977 and has also since been lauded as a master of literary fiction. But he hasn't won the prizes and isn't a household name. All you have to do to understand why his lack of notoriety is a CanLit wrong that ought to be righted, is to read the first offering in this issue of Malahat. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


Publishing Tips

Finding Your Strength in Retreating

Julie PaulJune's Publishing Tip comes to you from Julie Paul, local Victoria poet, short-story writer and former Malahat fiction board member. Looking to go on a writing retreat? Read her advice, pack your bags, and start writing!

The act of writing has many requirements, but above all, it needs time. No matter what type of writing you do, or how accomplished or new you are to the art—a lack of dedicated writing time is often the biggest stumbling block in the way of getting the work done.

Sometimes ten minutes at lunch is all you have. But what if you want to dive in deeper? What if your project needs uninterrupted time in which to grow and flourish? Rather than forcing a bloom, why not try a writing retreat?

Read the rest of her Publishing Tip here.


News

Meet the Guest Editors of the Indigenous Perspectives Issue

Kevin PaulThe Malahat Review is pleased to present the three guest editors for its Indigenous Perspectives Issue!

The issue is being guest-edited by Philip Kevin Paul (poetry; pictured), Richard Van Camp (fiction), and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (creative nonfiction). All three are Indigenous writers from Canada with numerous publication and award credits under their belts.

Click here to read about the judges!

Full details here on submitting to Indigenous Perspectives (deadline August 15).


Interviews

Interview with Richard Van Camp, Fiction Editor for the Indigenous Perspectives Issue

Richard Van CampTroy Sebastian, a writer from the Ktunaxa community of  ?aq̓am, recently spoke with Richard Van Camp about his role as fiction editor for the Malahat's upcoming Indigenous Perspectives issue. Alongside Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (creative nonfiction editor) and Philip Kevin Paul (poetry editor), Van Camp will read all fiction submissions for consideration.

TS: Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction are categories easily familiar within the Canadian literary community. Do these categories fit within Indigenous storytelling canon and tradition?

RVC: Yes, I believe we speak pure poetry when we're sharing stories that are based on things that have happened or are still happening. I know I spruce up stories I retell. I think everyone does. I hope they do, anyway!

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #88, Autumn 1989

Issue #88Many of the short stories in this issue are concerned with isolation, love, and loss. They are voice-driven pieces with quirky characters. The opening story will later become the title of Greg Hollingshead’s 1992 collection. White Buick twines a narrative out of a childless marriage, a tenant who is largely referred to as “the whore,” and a Buick that can miraculously heal itself. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by K'ari Fisher).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: June 2016 Edition

Sylvia LegrisThis month's e-newsletter has great interviews, tips and contest information! Keep reading for literary goodies...

Sonnet L'Abbé interviews former Griffin Poetry Prize winner Sylvia Legris about life as a poet. Legris' poem "Recto: The Bladder. / Verso: The Lungs, c. 1508" appears in the Spring issue of the Malahat.

Ktunaxa community author Troy Sebastian interviews Indigenous author Richard Van Camp, fiction guest editor for the Indigenous Perspectives issue. This issue will be published in January 2017 and is accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from Indigenous writers all over Canada.

Former fiction board member Julie Paul, who won the 2015 Victoria Book Prize, offers a Publishing Tip to writers looking to get away on retreats. Read her advice, pack your bags, and start writing!

Discover all this and more in the June edition of Malahat lite.


Book Reviews

Spring Issue Review of Marilyn Dumont's The Pemmican Eaters

The Pemmican EatersThe Pemmican Eaters explores Marilyn Dumont's sense of history as the dynamic present. Combining free verse and metered poems, her latest collection aims to recreate a palpable sense of the Riel Resistance period and evoke the geographical, linguistic/cultural, and political situation of Batoche during this time through the eyes of those who experienced the battles, as well as through the eyes of Gabriel and Madeleine Dumont and Louis Riel.

Here's what book reviewer Heather Jessup had to say about Dumont's poetry:

The Pemmmican Eaters brings the truths of Canada’s colonial history into a contemporary postmodern voice. The collection takes the stuff of textbook photographs and academic appendixes, and sets the figures into movement—a Red River jig of hybridity and complexity. A series of linked cycles depict the resilient traditions and powerful resistance upheld by the Métis against a series of manoeuvres by the Canadian government to deny a distinct people their heritage, land, and language. Through "Our Gabriel," an engaging essay that opens the collection, the poet tells the story of discovering a genealogical link between her family and the famed Métis leader Gabriel Dumont.

Read the full book review here (by Heather Jessup).


Interviews

Interview with J. R. McConvey, 2016 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award Fiction Winner

Joel McConveyJess Taylor recently spoke with J. R. McConvey about his fiction story, "Home Range," which won the Malahat's 2016 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for Fiction, as chosen by judge Marina Endicott. The story was originally published in Issue 192, Autumn 2015.

JT: "Home Range" starts out as a realist short story and continues like this until the ending, where both story and character are transformed into something more fantastical. Can you tell us a bit about the ending of your story (without giving it away) and the idea of metamorphosis there? Would you characterize it as a transformation or just as a reveal?

JM: The ending came last—it didn't occur to me to take the story in that direction until the revision stage. I don't think of it as a physical transformation, nor as a reveal, at least not of something that was there all along. It's more like a breach: a moment in which Kyle's reality is changing fundamentally, which creates the conditions for a kind of blurring between psychological and physical realms. It could serve as a justification, or a rebuke or curse. It's up for Kyle, and the reader, to decide.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #86, Spring 1989

Issue #86As always, Malahat features writers at different stages of their careers, and this issue is no exception, beginning with a genre-hopping photograph by Michael Ondaatje on the cover. Honours art student, Bonnie Curran, has four Scottish “sheep” photographs that lead us into Susan Glickman’s longish poem, “Henry Moore’s Sheep.” In fact, I would say this is very much a poetry issue. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Lucy Bashford).


News

Call for Submissions: Indigenous Perspectives

Indigenous Perspectives IssueThe Malahat Review invites writers who identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit to submit their unpublished work to an upcoming issue on contemporary Indigenous writing in Canada.

To be published in January 2017, Indigenous Perspectives will celebrate the aesthetics, concerns, contributions, and achievements of Indigenous authors living in or from “Canada,” recognizing their crucial role in providing a truly complete picture of what it is like to be alive in North America in the past, future, and especially today.

The issue is being guest-edited by Philip Kevin Paul (poetry), Richard Van Camp (fiction), and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (creative nonfiction).

The Malahat Review, a literary quarterly published by the University of Victoria, acknowledges that it operates on the unceded territory of the Coast and Straits Salish people, including the Lekwungen family group, Checkonien, and Sungayka village.

More details on submitting to the Indigenous Perspectives issue (submission deadline is August 15, 2016).


Interviews

Interview with Anne Marie Todkill, Winner of the 2016 Novella Prize

Anne Marie TodkillCanadian writer Anne Marie Todkill was recently announced as the winner of this year's $1500 Novella Prize. Her story, "Next of Kin," was chosen by the three contest judges as the best of 225 total submissions received. It will be published in the Summer 2016 issue of the Malahat. Can't wait for it be in print? Read her interview with Christine Leclerc below where she talks about her winning piece!

CL: Such a number of narrative threads run through "Next of Kin." Did Marian emerge immediately as the obvious narrator and main character?

AMT: As far as I remember, Liz's character came to me first, but I always saw her through the lens of another character—a daughter—who eventually became Marian. If Liz was the originating spark, some version of Marian was always the medium as the first-person narrator. And once you give your narrator the "I," she's in the protagonist's seat—unless you're doing something particularly clever with narrative framing. At any rate, Marian's point of view prevailed, and that brought a particular focus.

Read the full interview here.


Book Reviews

Spring Issue Review of Kevin Hardcastle's short story collection, Debris

DebrisMalahat alumnus Kevin Hardcastle's debut short story collection, out with Biblioasis, has already received positive reviews and praise. It has made the shortlist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and the Trillium Book Prize. Here's a sample of what book reviewer Jamie Dopp had to say about Hardcastle's stunning collection:

The eleven stories in this debut collection are set mostly in the resource towns and countryside of the prairies. The characters tend to be scraping by on marginal work, petty (or more serious) crime, or to be the castoffs and victims—the debris—of the harsh economic and social environment. There is alcohol abuse, family dysfunction, violence, and the kind of exploitation that happens when people are reduced to fighting each other for scraps. The stories are told with careful precision, free of authorial judgment, in prose that reminded me of the understated lyricism of later Thomas McGuane or of David Adams Richards.

Read the full book review here (by Jamie Dopp).


Contests

Call for Submissions: Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize ($1000 to one winner)

CNF PrizeWhen one (contest) door closes, another opens: this year's CNF Contest is wide open and accepting entries for consideration of the $1000 prize! Deadline is August 1.

Send us your best personal essay, memoir, biography, travel piece, social commentary, or historical account... if it's real and creative—and between 2000 to 3000 words—we want to read it!

All entrants receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the Malahat. Entries cost between $35 and $45 depending on where you live. All additional entries cost $15, no limit.

This year's contest judge is Lee Maracle. Read all about her here (interview coming in the July edition of Malahat lite e-newsletter).

Submit your entries to the CNF Contest.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #85, July 1988

Issue #85Issue 85 opens with a searing story from the late Holley Rubinsky (1943-2015). Here are the first two sentences, a classic storytelling approach with punch: “Ginger Dawn, who is nearing seven now and just full of it, is down the road picking on some chickens. I am on the veranda, reading an eviction letter written by some lawyers in Seattle, Washington.” And from there, I couldn’t stop reading Rubinsky’s “Grounding,” which explores the desperate weeks after the narrator’s elderly friend and caretaker has died and she is forced to confront the fact that she and her daughter may soon be homeless. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Stephanie Harrington).


Interviews

Interview with Kate Cayley on "The Ascent"

Kate CayleyThe Spring Issue has been distributed to readers all over the globe, and inside you'll find a fantastic story by Governor General's Award finalist and Trillium Book Award winner Kate Cayley. In this interview, she talks with Francesca Bianco about artistry, identity and truth as they pertain to her fiction piece. Here's a sample of their conversation:

FB: In "The Ascent," we find a woman—sometimes called "Lady"—who renounces herself ("I am not that woman any longer") and puts on a metaphorical habit in order to perform another character. She embarks on a pilgrimage of self-fabrication that ultimately saves her. Writing can be a kind of performance. What is the nature of that performance for you when putting pen to paper?

KC: I think it depends very much on the form. I find short stories probably the most performative because it is possible to sustain a different voice over that briefer journey. With anything longer, the author intrudes. And of course, like Lady finds, the performance becomes itself a real thing. That said, I’m a pretty nuts-and-bolts writer, and I often keep my distance from my own material—as in, there’s a part of me refining it from a technical standpoint even as I’m most present in it, so I don’t think I’m immersed in the performance in the way Lady is. I suppose it is a kind of salvation, in the sense of something that transforms experience.

Read the full interview here.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: May 2016 Edition

Issue #194This month's e-newsletter has lots of info on upcoming theme issues, news and interviews with contest winners, and a National Magazine Award nomination!

News: Susan Olding has received a NMA nomination for "White Matter," her creative nonfiction piece originally published in Issue #193: Mapping CNF in Canada. Winners will be announced at a special gala in Toronto on June 10, and all Malahat staff are crossing their fingers!

Interviews: Novella Prize winner Anne Marie Todkill discusses framing and narration in her winning novella story, "Next of Kin.". Founders Award for Fiction winner J. R. McConvey talks about the theme of grief in his winning piece, "Home Range." And Kate Cayley lets us in on truth and identity in her story, "The Ascent," published in our Spring Issue.

Calls for Submissions: we have two theme issues coming up, and we're looking for writers to send us their work! An issue on Indigenous Perspectives (deadline August 15, 2016) and on Victoria Past / Present / Future (deadline May 15, 2017) may both be our biggest and best issues yet.

Discover all this and more in the May edition of Malahat lite.


News

Susan Olding Receives National Magazine Award Nomination

NMAsGreat news! Canadian writer Susan Olding has been nominated for a National Magazine Award in the Essays category for her nonfiction piece, "White Matter," which originally appears in Issue #193 of the Malahat. This issue, published in January 2016, highlights the best of creative nonfiction in Canada today.

Susan Olding's work has won and been nominated for multiple awards, including previous National Magazine Awards. Our fingers are crossed that "White Matter" makes the cut for this year's NMAs!

Full list of National Magazine Award nominees here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #83, July 1988

Issue #83As I stare at the cover of this particular issue of The Malahat Review, three smiling faces greet me, welcoming me to the realm of their works. These women, Paulette Jiles, Diana Hartog, and Sharon Thesen, are the focus of this issue, with a generous selection of their poetry and with a preceding interview by editor Constance Rooke. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Miranda Marini).


Contests

Deadline Looms: Far Horizons Award for Poetry

Far Horizons AwardIf you're a budding writer, you have until May 1 (just a few days away) to send us your poems and be considered for the $1000 Far Horizons Award!

There's no theme, topic or subject matter we won't consider. This is one contest that's especially geared toward younger poets who are honing their craft. As such, the contest entry is only $25 for three poems (comes with a year-long subscription).

Click here for full contest details, including submission and payment options.


Interviews

Interview with Martin James Ainsley, poetry contributor to the 2016 Spring Issue

Martin James AinsleyOn love, levity, and the false brave face: Malahat volunteer Michelle Brown talks with Issue #194 contributor Martin James Ainsley about family relations and the call of a shiny red '69 Chevy in his poem, "Muscle Car."

Michelle: The car is the only female figure in a story about relationships between men, which I found very interesting. She's a "teenage dream", uniquely able to draw the attention of all three male figures in the poem, but also the one thing that stands between the father and the son. Was feminizing the car a conscious choice? Can you talk a bit about the car's role in the poem? 

Martin: Yikes. What a question! I don’t think feminizing the car was a completely conscious choice, but I can’t have written that pronoun without at least momentarily thinking about what it might signal for the reader. My first draft was more than three years ago, so I honestly don’t remember. But when I read it now, I know I was playing a bit cheekily with the whole Oedipal thing. That red sports car was sexy, damn it!

Read the full interview here.


News

Victoria Past, Victoria Present, Victoria Future

Victoria Themed IssueTo celebrate its first half-century and to launch itself into its second, The Malahat Review will publish a theme issue on Victoria writing past, present, and future in Autumn 2017.

Victoria is known nationally and internationally for a remarkably vibrant writing scene that has a depth of accomplishment spanning more than a century, one equalling, if not rivaling the achievements of literary cities…to the east…that are two, three, even ten times its size.

Since 1967, as an anchor of Victoria writing, The Malahat Review has had the good fortune to launch and sustain the reputations of many Victoria writers by publishing their work at all stages of their careers. Victoria PAST, Victoria PRESENT, Victoria FUTURE aims to honour this beautiful “long-term” relationship in a festschrift that will reveal where Victoria writing has come from, where it is today, and where it may be heading. 

More details on the Victoria theme issue announcement page.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #82, March 1988

Issue #82Having contributed several columns to Our Back Pages, reviewing issues from The Malahat’s previous editorial eras from long before I joined the staff in 2004, I find myself convinced there is no such thing as a “bad” Malahat Review. Not to say that every single poem or short story is necessarily my cup of tea, but that, without exception, one can pull down a random back issue and be largely amazed. Witness: Number 82, from the Spring of 1988. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rhonda Batchelor).


Book Reviews

Spring Issue Review of Ali Blithe's Twoism

TwoismAt the heart of Ali Blythe’s courageous debut collection is a bruising search for identity. At times the self is revealed as a thing of tricks and shadows—illusory, fragile, and unreliable. The narrator identifies with St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes, and periodically slips into a familiar melancholy, beyond consolation. Elsewhere, we hear the voice of someone in search of an exit: “Make me a light breeze / is all I’m asking.” The here and now is deeply unsatisfying. Something better than this, we’re told, must exist. The poems create a world prone to unravelling, one that leaves us with little to hold onto.

Read the full book review here (by Anouk H. Henri).


Interviews

Interview with Steven Heighton, Contest Judge for the 2016 Far Horizons Award

Steven HeightonThe deadline for this year's Far Horizons Award is coming up quick (May 1), and contest judge Steven Heighton has a few things to say for emerging poets who hope to win the $1000 prize! He recently spoke with Adèle Barclay on what he's looking for in the winning piece.

Adèle: What advice do you have for emerging writers submitting to contests?

Steven: Interest is never enough. If it doesn’t haunt you, you’ll never write it well. What haunts and obsesses you into writing may, with luck and labour, interest your readers. What merely interests you is sure to bore them.

Let failure be your workshop. See it for what it is: the world walking you through a tough but necessary semester, free of tuition.

Embrace oblivion. The sooner you quit fretting about your current status and the long shot of posterity, the sooner you’ll write something that matters—while actually enjoying the effort, at least some of the time.

Read the full interview here.


News

2016 Novella Prize Winner: Anne Marie Todkill

Anne Marie TodkillThe Novella Prize winner has been chosen!

Canadian writer Anne Marie Todkill has been chosen as the grand prize winner of the 2016 Novella Prize. Her story, "Next of Kin," was selected from 225 entries by contest judges Mark Anthony Jarman, Stephen Marche, and Joan Thomas as the best piece submitted.

The award comes with a $1500 cash prize, and Todkill's winning Novella will be published in the Summer issue.

More details on the Novella Prize announcement page.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: April 2016 Edition

Danny JacobsLove literary contests? So do we! This edition of Malahat lite is chock full of contest news, interviews, and updates.

Far Horizons Poetry Award: this contest runs every other year and is open to emerging poets who have yet to publish their work in book form. Contest fee is reduced to encourage young writers to submit. Steven Heighton, a prominent Canadian poet, is contest judge -- in an exclusive interview, he dishes hearty advice on poetry!

Founders' Awards: each year, the Malahat honours the best in poetry and fiction within its pages. The Jack Hodgins Fiction Award, and the P. K. Page Poetry Award, each bestow a $1000 prize to the writer of the best Malahat piece from the previous year. In 2016, we launched the Charles Lillard Founders' Award for Creative Nonfiction in honour of the late B.C. writer. See the full list of 2016 winners here.

Novella Prize: the shortlist has been announced, and one winner will take home $1500! Winner will be revealed April 8.

Discover all this and more in the April edition of Malahat lite.


News

Winners of the 2016 Founders' Awards

PK PageThis year's Founders' Award winners have been announced!

Each year, a $1000 prize is awarded to the best piece of fiction and poetry that appeared in the Malahat the previous year. The Jack Hodgins' Founders Award for Fiction, and the P. K. Page Founders' Award for poetry, were both established in 2007 to acknowledge the outstanding excellence of Malahat contributors.

New this year is the Charles Lillard Founders' Award for Creative Nonfiction, a special addition that honours the late Charles Lillard for his contribution to B.C. culture and literature.

And the three Founders' Award winners for 2016 are...


News

2016 Novella Prize Shortlist Announced

Novella Prize posterWe're pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Novella Prize! A staggering 225 entries were received for this contest, and we've carefully whittled the numbers down to just six.

Thanks to all supporters and entrants for making this possible. The grand prize winner of $1500 will be announced by April 8 online and through social media.

Check out the shortlist here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #81, March 1987

Issue #81This poetry-rich issue opens with a moving last-minute addition from Phyllis Webb: “Gwen, I didn’t know it had been so bad, such a long / way down these past months….” Gwendolyn MacEwan had passed away just a few weeks earlier, and Webb’s raw response opens the issue. A sense of loss persists in many of the pieces here—in various ways, things are not quite right, and there’s often a sense of unease and darkness, sadness. Human beings suffer, and persevere, and suffer some more, trying to find out “How one part connects / with another / or fails to connect.” This comes from Derk Wynand, who has four poems in this issue; Wynand chaired the Department of Writing at UVic, and went on to become editor of The Malahat Review from 1992 to 1998. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Micaela Maftei).


Subscriptions

Spring Into Reading with the Malahat's Discounted Subscription Offer: $19.95!

Spring Sub OfferChase the winter blues away by sharing The Malahat Review with your fellow readers! Hop like the bunnies to grab this discounted offer.

We have priced a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for just $19.95 specially to let you spread the Malahat’s spring weather near and far. Regular subscriptions cost between $35 and $45... you do the math!

Click here to purchase one for a friend (or yourself!).


Events

WordsThaw's Gala Reading, "Words on Ice," Features Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

Elizabeth MayThe Malahat's annual literary festival descends on Victoria this week, March 16 - 20! We're prepped for four days of all things WordsThaw: a film premiere, a Lansdowne Lecture, readings, panel discussions, and workshops between readers and writers of all levels.

One of this year's highlighted readers is none other than Green Party Leader and MP Elizabeth May, who reads Friday, March 18 for Words on Ice, an evening gala reading celebrating Canadian literature. She is the author of eight books, most recently, Who We Are: Reflections on my Life and on Canada (2014) and Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy, (2009). Elizabeth is an environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer, with a long record as a dedicated advocate — for social justice, for the environment, for human rights, and for pragmatic economic solutions. Elizabeth was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.

Click for more details about Words on Ice this Friday, March 18.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #80, March 1987

Issue #80Highlights of the issue include the opening story, “Bragg and Minna,” which would later appear in Timothy Findley’s fabulous collection of stories, Stones. In this piece, he take as a subject cancer, birth defects, homosexuality, and loss in his typically vivid and sometimes disturbing style. Another well-known storyteller — Thomas King — makes his first Malahat appearance in this issue with a story called “Not Counting the Indian, There Were Six.” Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


Interviews

Interview with Lisa Goddard, Speaker at WordsThaw's "Literary Archives" Panel

Lisa GoddardLocal writer and nonfiction-board member Maleea Acker speaks with Lisa Goddard, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Strategy at University of Victoria Libraries. The two discuss Goddard's role as panelist for Literary Afterlives: Exploring the Meaning and Values of Writers and Archives, one of three panel discussions at WordsThaw 2016.

This panel will take place Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the University of Victoria.

MA: Collaboration between the humanities and other disciplines is increasing, and much of this work seems to be happening in the digital realm, with the advent of areas such as Geohumanities and Digital Humanities. What is the value of digitizing archival material in light of these collaborations?

LG: One obvious benefit is vastly improved access. Many people around the world may be interested in a unique manuscript, journal, or illustration, but only a handful of those people will be willing or able to come to the University of Victoria to view the physical item. Digital surrogates can be easily discovered in web search engines like Google, and are immediately accessible online. This brings archival materials to a huge new audience of people who may never consider going to a physical archive. Digitization has additional advantages to scholars, as it permits a geographically distributed research team to work collaboratively on a collection of objects. Digital surrogates can be marked-up, rearranged, and mashed-up without harm. 

Read the full interview here.


Contests

Call For Entries: Far Horizons Award for Poetry

Far Horizons AwardCalling all emerging poets! Our biennial Far Horizons Award for Poetry is open until May 1. We're on the hunt for poetry from writers who have yet to publish poetry in book form. Send us your best and you could win $1000!

This year's contest judge is Steven Heighton. An interview with Steven will be posted in April for all those eager poets wanting to see what he's looking for in a winning poem! While you wait, here's another great source of inspiration from Laura Ritland, 2014 Far Horizons Contest winner, in an interview with poetry board member Jay Ruzesky.

Click here for full contest details, including submission and payment options.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: March 2016 Edition

John PassSpring has sprung, the blossoms are blooming, and here at the Malahat office, our annual literary event, Wordsthaw, is also set to bloom from March 16 to 20!

WordsThaw interviews: panelists Kim Trainor, Frances Backhouse, and Lisa Goddard each talk about their respective panel topics: the investigative poet, creative nonfiction in Canada today, and literary archives.

Open Season Award winner interviews: John Pass (poetry; pictured), Katherine Magyarody (fiction), and Jennifer Williamson (creative nonfiction) discuss their big wins ($1,500 each and publication) through the eyes of their prize-winning submissions.

Publishing Tip: Kateri Lanthier lets us in on the tricks of teaching creative writing, and the importance of being a reader as well as a writer.

We're also running a special Twitter-themed contest leading up to WordsThaw!

Discover all this and more in the March edition of Malahat lite.


Interviews

Interview with Frances Backhouse, Speaker at WordsThaw's "CNF in Canada Today" Panel

Frances BackhouseUVic MFA candidate Annabel Howard talks with Frances Backhouse, veteran journalist and author of six nonfiction books, including Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver and Children of the Klondike, which won the 2010 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. The two discuss Backhouse's role as panelist for Creative Nonfiction in Canada Today: Fact, Fiction, or Scandal?, one of three interactive discussions at this year's WordsThaw, Saturday March 19, 3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

AH: Your most recent book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver (2015)has been very well received with, amongst others, a glowing review from the National Post. As is the case with almost all works of CNF, there is a tendency for reviews to focus on content and not form. How do you feel about this, and how think it reflects on CNF’s place in Canada’s literary landscape?

FB: I don’t mind content-focused reviews of my books, provided the reviewer gets the facts right. However, as a reader and a writer, I prefer reviews that consider form and style alongside content. I was satisfied with the extent to which the National Post review and one that appeared a month later in the Globe and Mail did consider my book’s form and style, partly because I’ve seen plenty of reviews (including some in those publications) that neglect those elements entirely.

Read the full interview here.


Events

WordsThaw Prequel Event at UVic's Ideafest: "Prompts from the Past"

WT Ideafest prequelPresented by hosts Rhonda Batchelor of The Malahat Review and Christine Walde of Archives and Special Collections, University of Victoria Libraries, Prompts from the Past will introduce the wealth of material housed in Special Collections and explore ways in which this rich source might be tapped for creative projects. The second half of the session features a brief writing workshop, guided by Micaela Maftei, where interested participants can view selected items from the collection in order to produce a short piece of creative writing.

This event takes place Saturday March 12, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., room A003 of the McPherson Library on UVic's campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Read about more WordsThaw literary festival events taking place March 16 - 20!


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #78, March 1987

Issue #78I came to this issue, billed as “A Special Issue on George Johnston,” knowing next to nothing about its subject. I can now quite honestly say that I’ve enjoyed the most splendid of introductions to this remarkable man. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rhonda Batchelor).


Book Reviews

Issue #193 Book Review: The Death of Small Creatures by Trisha Cull

The Death of Small CreaturesDedicated entirely to works of creative nonfiction, Issue #193 Elusive Boundaries: Mapping CNF in Canada highlights some of the best books being published around the country. Phoebe Wang's review of Trisha Cull's The Death of Small Creatures is no exception! Take a read and see for yourself...

"Without the many risks that Trisha Cull takes in her memoir The Death of Small Creatures would be an easier read. She chronicles ten stomach-churning years in which she lives with bipolar disorder, bulimia, various kinds of addiction and self-abuse—subject matters that in themselves make great demands on the writer and the reader. The Death of Small Creatures compiles online blog entries, letters, and her psychiatrist’s notes, which present alternate versions to her first-person account. Loosely organized in a linear fashion, Cull’s narrative is told in a fitful and fragmented way, with mixed results."

Read the full book review here.


Interviews

Interview with Heather Dean, Moderator for WordsThaw Panel "Literary Archives"

Heather DeanUVic Librarian and Malahat Poetry Board member Christine Walde talks with Heather Dean, Associate Director of Special Collections at the University of Victoria Libraries, about her role as moderator for the Literary Archives panel at WordsThaw. This panel takes place March 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

CW: When it comes to archives, how are writers’ archives both similar and different from other bodies of information, and what is so compelling about writers’ archives? How do they help us to understand the writers’ process?

HD: The archives of writers are like the personal archives of many people: they contain artifacts of our everyday lives from diaries and letters to legal and financial records. I think one of the things that make writers’ archives especially compelling is the public fascination with the personal lives of authors and their creative process. Writers’ archives, like the archives of other creatives, are fascinating because it can be difficult to untangle the personal from the professional. In order to understand a piece of writing it can be useful to look not only at drafts of writing but also at correspondence and diaries and the larger context in which an author was working and who their intellectual circle was.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #77, March 1986

Issue #77This issue of The Malahat Review begins with a calm, considered examination. Taken by Michael Ondaatje, the cover photograph of a man partially obscured by shadow presents us with a figure we can scrutinize, but who, by looking directly at us, almost into us, suggests that we are perhaps being read as well. The theme of looking within/being observed runs throughout this diverse, rich collection of work. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Micaela Maftei).


Interviews

Interview with Anita Lahey, Moderator for WordsThaw Panel "The Investigative Poet"

Anita LaheyVictoria’s Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer talks with Anita Lahey, assistant series editor of Best Canadian Poetry in English and past editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, about her role as moderator for Investigative Poet: Observer, Researcher, Analyst, one of three interactive panel discussions at this year’s WordsThaw.

YB: Often poets are thought of as artists, those who can take facts or “truths” and do withthem as they wish. A poet might remind herself that she doesn’t have to stick to the facts, which sometimes get in the way of the poem. She may remind herself to play with those truths to reach deeper or other truths. How does this notion of the poet or how a poem develops relate to your idea of poet as researcher or journalist?

AL: I’m thinking about how a poet can absorb a fact and transform it, through language, context, juxtaposition—how poets, unlike journalists, can take the fruits of their research and not so much present that data inaccurately, but find a home for it within a poem that gives it a changed reality, that maybe brings to the surface a different truth within the fact than the one we previously noticed or thought was important. This is how poets can offer a slant perspective, or turn our sense of reality (and their own) upside down. To create this kind of art a fidelity to the facts—a reliance on facts, of both the ordinary and extraordinary kind—is necessary, just not perhaps the sort of fidelity we are accustomed to in mainstream journalism.

Read the full interview here.


News

2016 Open Season Award Winners Announced

Kat MagyarodyThe Malahat Review is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Open Season Awards!

Congratulations to John Pass (poetry), Katherine Magyarody (fiction; pictured), and Jennifer Williamson (creative nonfiction), whose contest entries have won them $1,500 each, along with publication in the Spring 2016 issue. Each winner will also be interviewed for March's Malahat lite.

See what the contest judges had to say about the winning entries.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: February 2016 Edition

Dale Lee KwongLots of love this month, especially in anticipation of WordsThaw, our annual literary symposium taking place March 16 - 20 at the University of Victoria.

WordsThaw interviews: moderators Anita Lahey, Heather Dean, and Alisa Gordaneer each talk about their respective panels on the investigative poet, literary afterlives of archived collections, and creative nonfiction in Canada today.

CNF Issue Interviews: the Malahat's latest issue, dedicated entirely to works of creative nonfiction, is being read all over the world, and two of our authors have words of wisdom to share about their pieces! Dale Lee Kwong (pictured) discusses Chinese-Canadian history in "O, Canada," and Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber discusses indigenous aesthetics in "The Bowl Game."

We're also running a special Twitter-themed contest leading up to WordsThaw!

Discover all this and more in the February edition of Malahat lite.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #75, March 1986

Issue #75The beautiful cover photograph by noted poet Patricia Young is titled "Cousins," and while it probably would ruffle feathers if published these days it nevertheless captures an innocence and wonder that can’t help but bring a smile. The inside pages of this issue will do the same, with a rich variety of voices. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rhonda Batchelor).


News

2016 Open Season Awards Shortlist Announced

Long Poem PrizeWe're pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Open Season Awards! Finalists have been chosen in all categories: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Thanks to all supporters and entrants for making this possible. The grand prize winners will be announced by February 5 online and through social media. $4,500 in prize money to be won.

Open Season Awards shortlist available here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #74, March 1986

Issue #74The 1986 Issue 74 opens with a contemporary 2015 topic – transgenderism. “Christina/Philippe” is a two hander by Per Brask, who trained as a Dramaturg in Denmark before immigrating to Canada. The play explores the conversations that might have taken place had two historical figures been able to meet and discuss their sexual identities. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Maureen Magee ).


Reviews

Spotlight CNF Issue Review - This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone

This Place a Stranger

The Malahat's first-ever Creative Nonfiction Issue is hot off the press, and we're celebrating with a spotlight review of This Place a Stranger, edited by Vici Johnstone. Publisher Caitlin Press calls it a "sometimes tragic, sometimes uproariously funny" collection of travelogues from Canadian women. And here's a snapshot of what Malahat book reviewer Kirsten Fogg said about the collection:

I’ve travelled on my own many times and the clear prose of This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone would have been a welcome companion. In the past, I’ve started books about adventuring women only to put them down, disappointed because the focus was on the external rather than the more interesting and complex internal journey. Yvonne Blomer, Shannon Webb-Campbell, and the other authors of the twenty-three essays in this collection, have layered and woven the personal with the public, and candid honesty with pertinent details so we get a real sense of who the writer is in that particular place.

Read more about This Place a Stranger.


Publishing Tips

Tips on Attention

Publishing TipsDon't think you have the time to write? Ottawa writer and blogger rob mclennan dishes up hearty advice on snapping out of the writers' block mentality and strengthening your time-management regime.

Attention is a muscle, one that requires development. I know writers that require a soundless space and enforced solitude; I acknowledge that for some this is the only way to proceed, but it all seems a bit precious, akin to suggesting that one can’t do any work until life is perfect and calm (which never happens, as you know). Silence and attention are not mutually exclusive. So you want to write?

Read the rest of rob's publishing tip on unleashing your writing potential.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #71, June 1985

Issue #71Malahat’s summer 1985 issue is a rich picnic basket of reading materials filled with literary forms and styles to suit the tastes of any reader—perfect for taking to the beach. As an appetizer, there are eight poems about angels by Gail Harris that complement the cover photograph (by David Tasker) of a divine cemetery statue. Read more.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: January 2016 Edition

Josh ZapfHappy New Year! The first e-newsletter of 2016 is short and sweet, packed with details about the upcoming Novella Prize deadline and Creative Nonfiction Issue.

Novella Prize: deadline is fast approaching (February 1)! Send in a king-sized fiction story between 10- and 20,000 words to be eligible for the $1500 prize.

Content Interviews: Elusive Boundaries: Mapping CNF in Canada is set for print and mail later this month, and we're stocking our website with interviews by lucky contributors. This month, J.D. Zapf talks about blending fiction and nonfiction in his piece, "Median Love," and the interconnectivity of modern love in today's world.

Publishing Tip: Canadian writer and blogger rob mclennan dishes up hearty advice on snapping out of the writers' block mentality and strengthening your time-management regime.

Discover all this and more in the January edition of Malahat lite.


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