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Vol. 11, No.5, May 2014 | SPRING ISSUE EDITION

Winter 2013 Issue 185


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Our Back Pages Issue 16, October 1970

Issue 16, October 1970

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 16, our latest featured issue, from October 1970.

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Poetry Review: Bite Down Little Whisper by Don Domanski

Bite Down Little Whisper

Review by David B. Goldstein

Why do we desire to break the world’s silence? What is it about our makeup that brings our little voices out to squeak against the knees of crickets, describing immensities that are doing just fine without us, like the wind in the pines or the dark scrabblings of a mole? Why do we feel the need to speak of and for a world that has no need of us, that bides its time while we overrun our environment and then sink into nonbeing? These questions, though never broached and never answered, form the backbone of Don Domanski’s gorgeous ninth book of poetry, Bite Down Little Whisper.

Read the rest of this review on the Malahat website.










Francophone Poetry Contest

Francophone Translation Prize Deadline: May 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.


Congratulations to Dora Dueck, 2014 Novella Prize winner!

Dora DueckThe Malahat Review congratulates Dora Dueck whose story "Mask" won this year's Novella Prize contest.

Dora's entry was chosen from over 200 submissions by our three final judges, Pauline Holdstock, Greg Hollingshead, and Ann Ireland. "Mask" will be published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Malahat Review, and an interview with Dora will appear in next month's edition of Malahat lite.

Check out the Novella Contest Winner announcement page.


Profile of a Malahat Friend: Tricia Dower

Tricia DowerMalahat volunteer Asia Kent recently spoke with longtime Friend Tricia Dower about member benefits, Victoria's literary scene, and past-to-present writing.

AK: You have been a “Friend” of The Malahat Review since 2011. Which member benefits have you most often taken advantage of?

TD: I enjoy Malahat lite, the virtual newsletter, and I have in the past enjoyed various events that The Malahat Review sponsored. One I remember fondly was a debate between spoken and written word poets. It was high energy and great fun. I had to miss this year’s WordsThaw but last year’s was excellent.

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

Sign up to become a Friend of the Malahat today!


Spring Issue Contributor Interview: Amy Jones

Amy JonesFormer Malahat publicity manager Susan Sanford Blades recently spoke with Amy Jones on her short story, "Die Young," which appears in Issue 186, Spring 2014.

SSB: What was the inspiration for “Die Young”? Did you set out to explore death and quarter-life malaise or was it spawned by an image or something else?

AJ: I had gone to a couple of funerals in a row and was thinking a lot about death and funerals and you know, the whole pointlessness of everything and just generally being weird and moody and wanting to write about it. A lot of my stories start like that: with me wanting to process something that I’ve experienced or that I’ve been obsessing over, and using that kind of as a jumping-off point for something fictional. I feel like if I can transform something, make it happen to other characters in a different setting or in a different way or whatever, that it helps me understand it better.

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


Interview with Matt Rader, 2014 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award Winner

Matt RaderMalahat marketing assistant Rachel Lallouz talks with Matt Rader, winner of the 2014 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for Fiction. Rader won this year's award for his short story "All This Was a Long Time Ago," which appeared in Issue 184, Fall 2013.

RL: In “All This Was a Long Time Ago,” you delve deeply into the psychology of James Joyce.  What drew you to write so confidently about such a famous figure? How much research was necessary “to do him justice”?

MR: Joyce asserted himself as a character. His historical identity provided the details to leverage my imagination. I researched enough to create historical verisimilitude, but the real goal was just to imagine the story more fully. I was careful to call this fiction. This story is not, and is not meant to be, historically accurate, nor is it a memoir.

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

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