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Vol. 10, No.8, August 2013


Canada  |  US  |  International

2014 Open Season Awards

Deadline: November 1, 2013 (postmarked or emailed)
Prize: $1000 CAD in each of three categories
Entry fee: $35 CAD for Canadians
$40 USD for US residents
$45 USD for entries from elsehwere

Each additional entry costs $15 CAD regardless of location.

Enter either three poems (max. 100 lines each), one short story (max. 2500 words), or one piece of creative nonfiction (max. 2500 words).

Enter by email or regular mail.

Full guidelines on our website

Join us at the Victoria Writers' Festival

The Malahat Review will host "Root Memory," a panel on writing ecology at the 2013 Victoria Writers' Festival. This panel will take place on Saturday, October 19th at 2:45 p.m. and will feature Maleea Acker, George Santos, Theresa Kishkan, and Ken Horne.

More info about the Victoria Writers Festival here.

Upcoming Malahat Contests

A look inside issue #183, Summer 2013

"How the Children Stayed Beautiful in a Time of Many Catastrophes"
by Stephen Marche

"Among all the deaths, and the drifting and forgetfulness that followed the deaths, I understood every last degradation and nightmare, every crumb of collapse, except for the change that came over the children. I suppose the sense of measurement ending, the world’s clock’s winding down, moment to moment mattering less and less, gave to those summers the flavour of confused innocence for everybody. Meaning slipperied for the children, and for the rest of us."

Read this story in full on our website.

So Happy and So Haunted: John Barton in Conversation with Stephen Marche

Stephen Marche

JB: “How the Children Stayed Beautiful in a Time of Many Catastrophes” is set in a near future where for many years the world has been traumatized and reshaped by successive waves of plague—to such an extent that, for example, North Korea has without fanfare reunified with the South, removing from the table one of our own time’s greatest perceived threats to world stability. To escape the latest wave of contagion to have reached Toronto, the story’s two single-child families decide—Swiss Family Robinson-like—to escape north to cottage country. What makes an attempt to survive a major threat to society an appealing subject for fiction?

SM: I think the post-apocalyptic scenario is always appealing because it separates characters from their society, and tries to figure out what we are really, without all the accoutrements that we get used to. The situation that I was talking about was a series of smaller catastrophes, rather that something like a nuclear winter. Unbearable disasters that can be managed rather than the end to the world. This seems to me to be closer to the way history actually works.

Read this interview in full on our website.

MalaPod: A Podcast with Friend of The Malahat Brent Schaus

Brent Schaus

Brent Schaus joined the Friends of The Malahat at our first-annual writing symposium, WordsThaw 2013 in March. MalaPod producer Stephanie Harrington met with Brent in July to talk about his experiences as a Friend of The Malahat.

Listen to the podcast here.

Friend of The Malahat offer: Draw for a $25 Russell Books gift certificate

Russell Books

All Friends of The Malahat as of September 1, 2013 will be entered into a draw for a $25 Russell Books gift certificate!

Live in Victoria? Love The Malahat Review? Become a Friend! You can join either online or by printing off our membership form.

Friendship includes a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review, a discounted pass to our 2nd-annual writing symposium, WordsThaw 2014 in February, a free Malahat author portrait, a free back theme issue of The Malahat Review, and entry into this draw!

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