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Announcing the WordsThaw Prize Winners!

Last night, we announced the winners of the inaugural WordsThaw Prize!

Wanda Hurren, micro text category, for “Making it Up”

Nancy Yakimoski, poetry category, for “Cartesian Lover”

All shortlisted candidates were presented with a $25 gift certificate to Munro’s Books, and the winners were awarded a $500 gift certificate each.

The winning entries will be published in UVic’s Martlet newspaper on March 23.

In the photo below, from left to right: WordsThaw Prize contest judge, Janet Rogers; Wanda Hurren; Nancy Yakimoski; and Malahat editor, John Barton.


WordsThaw Prize Shortlist Reading Tonight in Victoria


Attend tonight’s special WordsThaw Prize shortlist reading!

The six finalists (three in poetry, three in micro-text) will each read her shortlisted piece, and will receive a $25 certificate to Munro’s Books courtesy of the GVPL. At the end of the night, contest judge Janet Rogers will announce the winners, who will take home $500 each! The winning poem and micro-text submissions will be published in the UVic Martlet newspaper on March 23.

Best of luck to all the emerging authors on the shortlist:

POETRY – Simone Blais, April Ripley, Nancy Yakimoski
TEXT – Keva Glynn, Sarah Hamill, Wanda Hurren

Joanne Arnott at WordsThaw: Master Class and Readings

wt2017-master-class-posterDon’t miss this chance to hear Joanne Arnott read at the WordsThaw Writers Festival!

On Friday, March 17, 1:30 p.m., hear her read for free as part of UVic Writing’s Orion Lecture Series. She will also read that night, 7:30 p.m., as part of Words on Ice. Both events will be held at the First Peoples House on UVic’s campus.

The Master Class takes place Sunday, March 19, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the downtown Victoria public library. This interactive writing workshop exploring embodiment and breath as bases for writing, editing and performance. The class will  consider oral and literary text traditions, and ourselves as points of confluence and congruence. Limited space available, so hurry and buy your ticket today!

Registration Now Open for WordsThaw Writers Festival

Registration 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, including 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 (more info being added soon) and to register, please follow the links at the top of the page. If you require further information, email us at