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Issue 10, Volume 15 | October 2018

Issue 204, Autumn 2018

Upcoming Issue #204

Featuring Far Horizons Award for poetry contest winner "Venn diagrams" by Emily Osborne, as well as fiction by David Gerow, Matthew Harris, and Kai Conradi; creative nonfiction by Jenny Ferguson, Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt, and Shoshana Surek; poetry by Alisha Dukelow, George Bowering, Meredith Quartermain, George Elliott Clarke, and more!

Summer Issue Book Review


Goyette’s Penelope indeed succeeds in breaking new ground. Hers is not only a Penelope who speaks in her own voice; her work is about Penelope, first and foremost. The distinct voices of others are also heard here—those of Telemachus, Odysseus, even Penelope’s bedroom door and ceiling (or, as it prefers, “Better Than Floor”). But Penelope is the centre around which all else turns; and further, she is gifted with a true inner life of the mind. We find ourselves not so much attuned to her voice as eavesdropping on her internal monologue. Penelope takes her own inward journey here as her mind ruminates and divagates.

Penelope’s thoughts ebb and flow in a clear poetic voice. Goyette’s language is rhythmically repetitive, like the waves and the weaving motifs so deeply associated with The Odyssey, and in tune with the oral tradition and descriptive mnemonic epithets that shape that text. 

Read the full review by Wendy Eberle on our website.

Our Back Pages Issue #165

Our Back Pages 165

Malahat past staff member Lucy Bashford summarizes 2008’s Winter issue, which features interviews with Don McKay and Tim Lilburn, as well as work by Philip Kevin Paul, John Harley, Carol Matthews, and more.

Read more and buy Issue #165 here

Only Four Weeks Left Until November 1 Deadline!

Entry fee (comes with a one-year print subscription):
$35 CAD for Canadian entries
$40 USD for entries from the USA
$45 USD for entries from elsewhere

Additional entries cost just $10 CAD each, no limit!

Keep your eyes on this year's BIG prize: three awards of $2000! Our annual Open Season Contest is underway, and writers of all levels are invited to enter poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction. There's no theme or specific criteria for this contest, so speak up and send us your best work.

Final judges are Shane Book (poetry), Carmelinda Scian (fiction), and Kyo Maclear (creative nonfiction).

Read an interview with Carmelinda Scian from September's Malahat lite. Learn more about Shane Book in a past interview on our website about his poetry in our Issue #200. Don't miss an interview with Kyo Maclear below!

Full contest guidelines available on the Malahat website.


Interview with Open Season Awards CNF Judge

Kyo MaclearMalahat volunteer Karli Woods talks with Open Season Awards creative nonfiction judge Kyo Maclear about bird watching, writing as refuge, and seemingly ordinary subjects treated in interesting ways.


KW: As an Open Season Awards contest creative nonfiction judge, what qualities are you looking for in a winning entry?

KM: An unexpected perspective—which could include a seemingly ordinary subject treated in an interesting way. Moments of swerve. The strangeness of language. A feeling of inwardness and outwardness. Writerly courage, depth, texture, and humour. All of these qualities draw me to writing and make work come alive. 

Read the full interview with Kyo Maclear on our site.


Autumn Issue Interview with Jenny Ferguson on CNF

Jenny FergusonMalahat volunteer Kate Kennedy talks with Jenny Ferguson about the process of decolonization, radical honesty, and waiting for the right time to write her essay, "Excavating Rias: the Balkans 1995, the Balkans 2016."



KK: First I wanted to tell you how delighted I was by “Excavating Rias.” Based on the title and opening sentences I have to admit I initially anticipated something more in the way of a dutiful daughter sharing her dad’s experience of war, definitely something more sentimental, definitely not funny. And on one level it’s the story of a failure to write exactly that kind of essay, but the result is significantly more interesting. Can you tell me a little about planning the trip and coming to write the essay that eventually resulted?

JF: The trip surprised me, in that, I’m an avid traveller, but I’d never really thought about going to the former Yugoslavia.

I’m not one to give up what feels like once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. And I didn’t know when I’d ever be able to live for two weeks in a painted-in-all-the-blues-sometimes-totally-clashing-blues communist block apartment ever again.

This essay unfolded entirely unexpectedly from the trip. When I planned the trip I didn’t write CNF. And I’ve never considered writing a novel about the former Yugoslavia.

When I planned the trip, I was running away from my family.

But, of course, when we run away, we tend to find exactly what we were running from.

Read the full interview with Jenny Ferguson on our site.



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