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Vol. 11, No.6, June 2014 | NOVELLA WINNER EDITION

Winter 2013 Issue 185


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Cloud Country: Podcast with Christine Walde

Christine Walde

Issue 186 contributor Christine Walde discusses Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes' cross-Canadian camping trip in 1959. In this podcast, Walde reads her poetry, including "(Rock Lake, Canada)," inspired by Plath and Hughes' stay at Rock Lake Campground, Algonquin Park.

MalaPod podcast produced by Stephanie Harrington.

Listen to the podcast here.

Discover past MalaPods.

Upcoming Malahat Contests

CNF Prize

Our Back Pages Issue 19, July 1971

Issue 19

The Malahat Review has a storied past, and it's one we'd like to share with you! Every second Friday on our website, we'll feature an archived issue, including content description, notable contributors, and prizes won.

Read about Issue 19, our latest featured issue, from July 1971.

Learn more about the Malahat's Our Back Pages project.


Francophone Poetry Contest Deadline Approaches!

Francophone Translation Prize Deadline: June 15, 2014 (postmarked)
Prize: $1,000 to one winner
Entry fee: $15 for each translated poem

The Malahat Review invites entries from Canadian translators, poets, and passionate readers to submit to a one-time translation contest of les poésies francophones du Canada. Translations must be of published French-language poems that do not exceed 60 lines including stanza breaks.

The prize will be awarded to the best translation of a poem in French, from Quebec or elsewhere in Canada, into English.

Full contest guidelines available on the Malahat website.

Read an interview with contest judge Donald Winkler.


Interview with Dora Dueck, 2014 Novella Prize Winner

Dora DueckFormer Malahat publicity manager Susan Sanford Blades interviewed Dora Dueck about her winning Novella, "Mask." Dora's entry was chosen from over 200 submissions and will be published in the summer issue.

SSB: Was this story informed at all by any of your personal experience (via family, etc.) with the war? How did you come to write about this topic?

DD: My background is Mennonite, and Mennonites, traditionally, are conscientious objectors. Both my grandfathers, then citizens of Russia, did alternative service in the First World War, as medics—one in Austria and Germany, the other in the Caucasus region on trains carrying wounded soldiers from the front.

Read the rest of Dora's interview on the Malahat website.

Check out the Novella Contest Winner announcement page.


Interview with A. F. Moritz, Spring Issue Contributor

AF MoritzMalahat poetry board member Samantha Ainsworth speaks with Griffin Poetry Prize winner A. F. Moritz about his contribution of six poems to Issue 186.

SA: As one of Canada’s prominent poets—more than fifteen books of poetry under your belt, plus numerous major awards—what advice would you offer to new or up-and-coming poets?

AFM: There’s a time in the course of one’s poetry that’s like adolescence, which participates in both childhood and adulthood. The childhood of poetry—maybe I’m talking just for myself, but this was my experience—was the period, a long time, many years, when I had no awareness of the poetry world outside the books I knew. This is like the time of childhood, when one’s nearly an animal, when one doesn’t know death.

Read the rest of A.F. Moritz's interview on the Malahat website.


Interview: Priscila Uppal, Judge for the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

Priscila UppalMalahat volunteer Jack Crouch speaks with the judge of this year's Creative Nonfiction Contest, Priscila Uppal, about what she's looking for in a winning entry, and the value of contests for aspiring writers.

JC: Tell us about yourself. Has writing been the uttermost passion your entire life, or did you have a moment of self-discovery during adolescence that led you on your path?

PU: Writing has always been a part of my life. It is my way of confronting the world and asking questions of it. I have always written poems and stories since as far back as I can remember (even instructing my stuffed toys to do the same when I would play “teacher” with them). I filled dozens of notebooks (since destroyed) before the end of high school. I also wrote a novel about psychic twins (also destroyed). But I had never met a writer. A writer had never visited my school.

Read the rest of Priscila's interview on the Malahat website.

Click here for details on entering this year's CNF contest.

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