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February 2017 Interviews with Indigenous Perspectives Issue contributors, Siku Allooloo and Lisa Bird-Wilson. Registration now open for this year's WordsThaw Writers Festival, March 16 to 19 at the University of Victoria. Call for submissions to this year's Far Horizons Fiction Award, seeking the best short story by an emerging writer. Announcing the winners of the 2017 Open Season Contest. Book review of Jordan Abel's Injun, as featured in the Indigenous Perspectives Issue.
January 2017 Interviews with Indigenous Perspectives Issue contributor, Jordan Abel (pictured); WordsThaw Prize judge, Janet Rogers; and Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner for 2016, Lynn Easton. Calls for submissions to both the WordsThaw Prize (deadline January 22) and the Long Poem Prize (deadline February 1). Book review of Harold Johnson's Corvus, as featured in the Indigenous Perspectives Issue.
December 2016 Interviews with Long Poem Prize judges: Louise Bernice Halfe, George Elliott Clarke, Patricia Young (pictured); and with Elizabeth Ross, CNF contributor to the Autumn 2016 issue. Oscar Martens' publishing tip on pros and cons of submitting manuscripts to publishing houses versus self publishing. Call for entries to our special WordsThaw Prize (Greater Victoria residents only).
November 2016 Special P. K. Page celebratory reading event held at the University of Victoria on November 23. Interviews with Autumn issue contributors Weyman Chan (poetry) and Jacqueline Baker (fiction). Upcoming contests include our Long Poem Prize (deadline February 1), with a prize of $2000 between two winners. Subscription deals still on offer include $12 student subscription, and $20 digital subscription.
October 2016 Interview with Autumn Issue #196 poetry contributor Erin Kirsh. Publishing Tip from Phoebe Wang on pitching work to publishers. Spotlight book review of Richard Kelly Kemick's Caribou Run. Special digital edition of the Malahat now available as subscriptions, single issues, or print/digital bundle packages.
September 2016 Interviews with Open Season Award judges Sina Queyras, Jaspreet Singh, and Molly Peacock, as well as Issue #195 poetry contributor Steve McOrmond and Far Horizons Poetry Contest winner Yusuf Saadi (pictured). Journey Prize nomination for J. R. McConvey's Malahat story, "Home Range." Student subscriptions for just $12.
August 2016 Interviews with Summer Issue contributors Elyse Friedman (for fiction) and Kelly Bouchard (for creative nonfiction). Publishing Tip on working with editors from Tricia Dower. Upcoming deadline for the Indigenous Perspectives Issue (August 15), and Open Season Contest call for submissions ($4500 in prize money). And last but not least, summer subscription sale just $15 for one year's worth of Malahat pages!
July 2016 Interviews with Lee Maracle, 2016 Creative Nonfiction Contest judge; Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, CNF Editor for the Indigenous Perspectives Issue; George Elliott Clarke, whose long poem "Othello..." will appear in the Malahat's Summer 2016 issue; and Lara Martina, artist and illustrator of Clarke's poetry. Far Horizons Poetry Contest shortlist announced. And a special summer subscription deal now available ($15 for one year's worth of Malahat).
June 2016 Interviews with Sylvia Legris, poetry contributor to the Spring issue, and with Richard Van Camp, fiction guest editor for the Indigenous Perspectives issue. Victoria writer Julie Paul shares her Publishing Tip on finding the perfect writing retreat (and how to get the most out of it). And calls for submissions to the Indigenous Perspectives issue (deadline August 15) and the CNF Contest (deadline August 1).
May 2016 Interviews with J. R. McConvey, winner of the 2016 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for Fiction, Anne Marie Todkill, winner of the 2016 Novella Prize, and Kate Cayley, fiction contributor to the Spring Issue (#194); National Magazine Award Nomination for Susan Olding's "White Matter," as originally published in Issue #193, Winter 2015; call for submissions to the Indigenous Perspectives and Victoria Past / Present / Future theme issues.
April 2016 Interviews with Steven Heighton, judge for this year's Far Horizons Poetry Award; Martin James Ainsley, poetry contributor to upcoming Spring Issue #194; and Danny Jacobs, P. K. Page Founders' Award winner for 2016. Contest news: Novella Prize shortlist announced, and Founders' Award winners revealed.
March 2016 Interviews with WordsThaw panelists Kim Trainor, Frances Backhouse, and Lisa Goddard about this year's literary festival and their respective panel topics. Interviews with Open Season Award winners John Pass (poetry), Katherine Magyarody (fiction), and Jennifer Williamson (creative nonfiction; pictured) about their winning pieces. Publishing Tip by Kateri Lanthier on teaching creative writing.
February 2016 Interviews with Anita Lahey and Heather Dean about their role as moderators for the WordsThaw panels The Investigative Poet and Literary Afterlives. CNF Issue contributor Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber on his piece, "The Bowl Game." Dale Lee Kwong on her piece, "Oh, Canada." Announcing our WordsThaw 2016 line-up. Call for entries to our Twitter Sonnet Contest and the Far Horizons Award for Poetry.
January 2016 Interview with CNF Issue contributor J.D. Zapf on his piece, "Median Love." Publishing Tip from Canadian writer / blogger rob mclennan on creating a writing regime and sticking to it. Novella Prize deadline fast approaching (February 1), cash prize $1500. Our Back Pages throwback issue #70 tribute to John Metcalf.
December 2015 Interviews with Novella 2016 Contest judges Mark Anthony Jarman, Stephen Marche, Joan Thomas. Content interviews with Issue #193 contributor Alicia Elliott, and CNF 2015 Contest winner Maria Tessa Liem. Call for contest entries to the 2016 Novella Prize (deadline February 1), $1500 prize money to be won. Holiday subscription offer, just $15 for a full year of Malahat issues. Our Back Pages #69 from 1984 featuring early work by Roo Borson, Douglas Barbara, bpNichol.
November 2015 Interviews with Autumn Issue 192 contributors Dan Siney on his cover art work, and Joshua James Edgar on his short fiction piece, "Jane Doe." Publishing Tip from local Victoria writer Kari Jones on how to find the right publisher for you. And entries are now being accepted for the biennial Novella Prize! Send a big story (10,000 - 20,000 words) for a chance at big money ($1500).
October 2015 Interviews with Autumn Issue 192 contributors Joe Rosenblatt (pictured) and Alex Leslie; Open Season Contest deadline reminder (November 1) and $4,500 cash incentive; featured Fiction Book Review from Brenda Hasiuk; special student subscription offer of $11.95 for a full year; Our Back Pages from 1982, and more.
September 2015 Interviews with Open Season Award judges Russell Thornton (poetry), Kathy Page (fiction), and Fiona Tinwei Lam (creative nonfiction, pictured); and with Mark Rogers, this year's Far Horizons contest winner for Fiction. Shout out to K'ari Fisher on being nominated for a Journey Prize with her story, "Mercy Beatrice Wrestles the Noose." Publishing tip from Shane Neilson, Our Back Pages from 1981, and more.
August 2015 Interviews with John Goldbach and Sarah de Leeuw, contributors to Issue 191, the summer issue; Long Poem Symposium papers from The League of Canadian Poets' annual conference, with presentations by Kate Braid, Cornelia Hoogland, and Sharon Thesen; call for entries to this year's Open Season Awards; Our Back Pages archive issue from 1891, and more.
July 2015 Interviews with Jane Silcott, 2015 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize judge, and Andrew Wachtel, translator of Issue 191 contributor Anzhelina Polonskaya's "Greenland"; Publishing Tip from Jessica Michalofsky on the benefits of writing book reviews; Summer Subscription deal (just $15 for one year); Our Back Pages archive issue feature from July 1980.
June 2015 Interviews with Colin Snowsell and Christine Wiesenthal, both contributors to the Spring issue (#190); job opportunity at the Malahat to work as our Social Media, Marketing & Circulation Manager; call for contest submissions to the annual Constance Rooke CNF Prize; last call for CNF submissions for the Winter issue; 3rd Great BC Novel Contest call for entries.
May 2015 Interviews with Long Poem Prize winners Gary Geddes and Genevieve Lehr on poetics and structure of the long form; interview with Issue 190 poetry contributor Danny Jacobs. Awards: 2 National Magazine Award nominations, and call for entries to our annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. New to the site is Publishing Tips, a space for writers to read (and submit) helpful hints on the literary world.
April 2015 Interviews with the Founders' Award winners: John Reibetanz and Jan Zwicky (for Poetry), and K'ari Fisher (for fiction). Elyse Friedman, Far Horizons Fiction Contest judge, is also interviewed. Contest reminder for Far Horizons (May 1 deadline) and the six finalists for the 2015 Long Poem Prize are announced. And finally, take our survey on submission fees to Canadian journals - would you pay to submit?
March 2015 Interviews with the 2015 Open Season Award winners Rebecca Salazar (poetry), Wanda Hurren (fiction; pictured), and Mike Carson (nonfiction). WordsThaw, our annual literary festival, gets lots of media promotion, and Lynne Van Luven speaks about her role as moderator for the creative nonfiction panel. The 2015 Founders' Awards winners are announced: K'ari Fisher, John Reibetanz, and Jan Zwicky.
February 2015 Interviews with Issue 189 contributor Patrick Warner on his poetry, and with WordsThaw symposium participants David Leach and Christine Walde, who will be moderating panel discussions on self-publishing and young adult literature, respectively. Open Season 2015 contest winners announced. Upcoming contest reminders for the Far Horizons Fiction Award and the ongoing Twitter Memoir Contest.
January 2015 Interviews with Issue 188 contributor Thoraya El-Rayyes on her translation of Hisham Bustani's flash fiction, and with Jason Markowsky on his fiction piece in upcoming Winter Issue 189. Contest reminders and updates on the Long Poem Prize and Twitter Memoir Contest. Special features: WordsThaw 2015 site launch; holiday subscription offer until January 31; Our Back Pages from July 1976, and more.
December 2014 Interviews with Long Poem Prize judges Anita Lahey, Evan Jones, Alice Major; Issue 188 contributor Erín Moure on translation; Rebecca Foust on her recent CNF Contest win. Special features: holiday subscription ($15 for one year!); call for CNF issue entries; translation flash fiction by Hisham Bustani (translated from the Arabic by Thoraya El-Rayyes); Our Back Pages way-back issue write-up from 1976.
November 2014 Interviews with Translation Issue contributors Patrick Friesen on Danish poetry, Joyce Zhang on creative nonfiction and Alice Munro in China, and Neil Smith on Québécois fiction. Special announcement for Rebecca Foust, winner of the Malahat's 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize; write-up of Our Back Pages from October 1975; call for submissions of poetry/CNF.
October 2014 Interviews with last year's Open Season Award winners Joelle Barron, Tajja Isen; Translation Contest winner Donald McGrath is interviewed on his successful poetry translation; Matt Rader, 2014 Founders' Award Winner for Fiction, discusses his debut short story collection. Features: mailed-in poetry/CNF submissions being phased out, and a Western Magazine Award win for Fiction!
September 2014 Interviews with Open Season Award judges Jan Conn, Cynthia Flood, David Carpenter; interview with Far Horizons Poetry Award winner Laura Ritland; MalaPod podcast with Issue 187 fiction contributor Chris Gudgeon; congratulations notice for Donald McGrath, Translation Contest winner. Contest call for submissions, and Submittable poetry submissions!
August 2014 Interview with Issue 187, Summer 2014 poetry contributor Jan Zwicky. Congratulations notice for Laura Ritland, Far Horizons Poetry Award Winner for 2014. Our Back Pages preview, summer subscription offer (just $15 until September!), and more!
July 2014 Interviews with Issue 187, Summer 2014 poetry contributor Anne Compton and 2013 Creative Nonfiction Contest winner Liz Windhorst Harmer. Call for entries to this year's Creative Nonfiction Contest (deadline August 1). Discounted summer subscription offer, a preview of the summer issue (with great book reviews), and more!
June 2014 Interviews with Issue 186 poetry contributor A. F. Moritz, 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize judge Priscila Uppal, and 2014 Novella Prize winner Dora Dueck. Podcast with Christine Walde on her poems in Issue 186, and influences by Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Upcoming contest deadlines, Our Back Pages featured issue, and more.
May 2014 Interviews with Issue 186 contributor Amy Jones, longtime Malahat 'Friend' Tricia Dower, and 2014 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award winner Matt Rader. A congratulations to Dora Dueck, winner of the 2014 Novella Prize contest with her story "Mask." Upcoming contest deadlines, book reviews, Our Back Pages featured issue, and more.
April 2014 Spring Issue 186 sneak peek edition. Interview with poetry contributor Michael Prior, and podcast with CNF contributor Terence Young. Interviews with Kayla Czaga, 2012 Far Horizons Poetry Award winner; Bruce Rice, 2014 P. K. Page Founders' Award Winner for Poetry; and Donald Winkler, judge of Les poésies francophones du Canada: A Translation Prize. Upcoming contest deadlines, book reviews, Our Back Pages featured issue, and more.
March 2014 Interviews with Joelle Barron, Tajja Isen and Kelly Cooper, winners of the 2014 Open Season Awards for Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction, respectively. Interview with Julie Bruck, 2014 Far Horizons Poetry Contest judge. Details on upcoming contests, including Far Horizons, and Les poésies francophones du Canada: A Translation Prize.
February 2014 Special WordsThaw 2014 Promo edition. Interviews with WordsThaw participants Amy Reiswig, Aaron Shepard, and Madeline Sonik. Interview with Issue #185, Winter 2013 contributor Kate Cayley. WordsThaw in the news around Victoria, B.C. Open Season 2014 Award finalists announced.
January 2014 Interviews with Issue #185, Winter 2013 contributors Nicholas Bradley and Simone Littledale, and with Andrew Tibbetts, the winner of our 2008 Novella Prize contest. WordsThaw 2014 website revealed, including information on symposium and prequel events. Upcoming Malahat contests.
December 2013 Interviews with a recent 2014 Novella Judges Ann Ireland, Pauline Holdstock, and Greg Hollingshead. Call for submission to At Home in Translation theme issue, and the one-time Québécois Poetry in Translation Prize. Interview with our 2013 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize winner, Liz Windhorst Harmer.
July 2013 Interview with 2012 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize winner Carla Funk, A MalaPods podcast with issue #183 contributor Dorothy Field, a feature on Malahat-carrier Mac's Fireweed Books in Whitehorse, and info on our Summer Subscription Deal and 2013 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize.
June 2013 Interviews with Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize judge John Vaillant, issue #182 contributor Anna Maxymiw, 2013 Long Poem Prize winners Kim Trainor and Claire Caldwell, and UVic 50th Anniversary Prize for Poetry winner Pamela Porter. Info on our Summer Subscription Deal and Congress 2013 events.
April 2013 Interviews with 2011 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction winner Zoey Leigh Peterson, Issue #182 contributor Lorna Crozier, 2013 Founders' Award winners Kris Bertin and Matthew Tierney, and a feature on Malahat seller Words Worth Books.