National Magazine Award Nomination: Essay Category
One lucky Malahat author is a National Magazine Award finalist!
Susan Olding's creative nonfiction piece, "White Matter," from Issue 193 (CNF in Canada Today) has been nominated in the Essay category. Issue 193, published this past winter, recognizes the best works of creative nonfiction across Canada.
Susan Olding is a previous Malahat contributor, and has an impressive array of award wins and nominations under her belt, including previous National Magazine Award nods.
See the full list of finalists on the NMA website. Winners will be revealed at a special gala ceremony in Toronto on June 10.
2016 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award Fiction Winner: J. R. McConvey
Jess 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 rest of Joel's interview on the Malahat website.
2016 Novella Prize Winner: Anne Marie Todkill
Christine Leclerc talks with our 2016 Novella Prize winner, Anne Marie Todkill, whose story "Next of Kin" was chosen for the $1,500 prize.
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 rest of this interview on the Malahat website.
WordsThaw Exclusive: Literary Friendships
Malahat staff caught up with poet Mary Gait of Ladysmith, B.C., and creative nonfiction writer Lisa Horst of Sacramento, California, who first met on Instagram in 2014, and in 2016 planned their first in-person meet-up at The Malahat Review's WordsThaw symposium festival. The two share the origins of their friendship, what writing and literary community mean to them, and their experiences and highlights from WordsThaw 2016.
Read the exclusive Q&A on the Malahat website.